Monday, February 2, 2015

Word from Mythology: Museum

The word MUSEUM comes to use from the Greek Muses, the goddesses of art and knowledge. Our word is a borrowing of the Latin word museum, which in turn comes from the Greek word mouseion, meaning a shrine of the Muses. You can see a list of the nine Muses and their special gifts in this Wikipedia article.

Below is Hendrick van Balen's painting of Minerva (Athena) and the Nine Muses:

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Blog Clean-Up for Fall 2014

To get ready for the new semester, I have gone through this blog and cleaned up the labels so that I can get organized, and hopefully be ready to add new content to this blog during the coming months!

Resources. These are posts with resources of all kinds, many of which I use in the class announcements.

Revision. This is an all-purpose label for posts about writing and revising.
Mechanics. These are posts about spelling, punctuation, and grammar.
Short and Sweet. These are the posts focused on tightening up your writing.

Styles. These are posts about different creative writing styles.

Humor. We all need writing humor! Here are some of the humor categories:
Cartoon Essay. These are essay prompts for the Myth-Folklore class.
Comma Humor. This goes to the specific comma-humor items!
Grant Snider. A series of posts from the wonderful artwork of Grant Snider.

Word Mix-ups. These are posts about commonly confused word pairs.

Words from Mythology. These are words from Greek and Roman mythology, along with other mythological traditions.

Words from Other Languages. These are mostly words from the languages of India, along with words that come from other languages.
Words from India.
Words: Arabic.
Words: Hindi.
Words: Persian.
Words: Sanskrit.
Words: Turkish.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Writing Humor: Claws and Clauses

I'm not a fan of Grammarly software, but they do share some great humor at their blog!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Writing Humor: The Fall of the Onomatopoeian Empire

Onomatopoeia is a great writing technique but, as you can see in this delightful cartoon by Scott Hillbrun, it is no way to defend an empire!

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Word from Mythology: Herculean

Today's word from mythology is "Herculean," which means something that requires a mighty effort or great strength. A Herculean task is a task that would require the strength of the great hero Hercules, or Heracles, as the Greeks called him; Hercules is his Roman name. You can read about the famous Labors of Hercules at Wikipedia.

The image below shows Hercules capturing the Cerberus, the three-headed hound of hell, which was the last of the twelve labors: