Ear Candy Alert! – “Word Up”

Attention all Word People, do you need a little ear candy to pump up your day? Here’s the classic, “Word Up” by Cameo. And this candy is best enjoyed LOUD! Speaking of Cameo, this video features a cameo appearance from the awesome LeVar Burton, from Roots and Star Trek: The Next Generation fame.

Catbird’s seat?

Based on the great response to last week’s article on Adam’s House Cat, we decided to explore the origins of another odd saying: “Sitting in the catbird’s seat.” According to The Phrase Finder website: This is an American phrase – which is unsurprising as the grey catbird which is the probable source of the phrase …

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When Words Fail

Even the finest Word People struggle with their words from time to time. Ogres have been reported to suffer from the same affliction. Enjoy this song from Shrek The Musical. It’s called “When Words Fail.”


Are you a retronymaniac? Not sure? Perhaps you should consult with your favorite Word Person for a diagnosis. This week’s article explores this often used element of language…the retronym. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines retronym as “a term (such as analog watch, film camera, or snail mail) that is newly created and adopted to distinguish the …

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Uncleftish Beholding

Uncleftish Beholding (1989) is a short text written by Poul Anderson. It is written using almost exclusively words of Germanic origin, and was intended to illustrate what the English language might look like if it had not received its considerable number of words from other languages, particularly Latin, Greek and French. The text is about …

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How I Became a Word Person

Way back in 1980, I was a student at Mercer University. My major was economics, but I had absolutely no idea what I wanted to pursue as a career. I wasn’t particularly jazzed about my chosen field of study at all. On the last day of Spring Quarter, I went on a solo road trip from Atlanta …

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We Traded In Our Office for Productivity

All ProEdit employees work from home now. For a company that’s had an office for decades, “going virtual” is a major shift in how we do business. The benefits have been immediate.

Best Onomatopoeia Joke of All Time

Okay, admittedly “Best Onomatopoeia Joke of All Time” is a pretty narrow category, but here goes…you need a laugh, don’t you? A man walks into a doctor’s office. He describes his symptoms to the doctor, and the doctor decides to run some blood tests on him to figure out the problem. After the test results …

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10 Favorite Misheard Song Lyrics

Great writers know to pay attention to how their words sound when read aloud. The same goes for when those words are sung. Here are ten noteworthy song lyrics that are commonly misheard. 1. Jimi Hendrix – Purple Haze Mistaken lyrics: “Excuse me, while I kiss this guy.” Actual lyrics: “Excuse me while I kiss …

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“More Than Words” Music Videos — Before and After

Have you seen the Jimmy Fallon/Jack Black redux of this all-time favorite song of Word People everywhere…”More than Words” by Extreme? Here is the original version and the redone version. Just how perfect is this? Original Version: New Version: Source: Huffington Post