Blog: Verb, noun and new territory

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Welcome to my blog. Now that I’ve researched it, I think maybe I can blog. You’ll notice that I’ve used the word blog as both a noun and a verb. Pretty good for a word I couldn’t even find in my dictionary. OK, maybe I should buy a new […]

Hip new words cool, but hard to use

By Helena Rodriquez: Freedom Newspapers I googled you to tell you that your new necklace was so bling but you were too busy being a mouse potato and that’s why I acted like such a drama queen. This isn’t gibberish I’m talking here, but English — new English that is — and you’ll be able […]

Clovis boy making repeat trip to spelling bee

By Marlena Hartz The dictionary, tilted slightly, nearly engulfed an entire cushion on the Gillooly’s L-shaped couch. Sitting diagonally from the 2,662 page reference book, with his hands folded in his lap, Zachary Gillooly looked composed. But for this Yucca Junior High ninth-grader, the dictionary has been a friend and, at times, a foe. Gillooly, […]

Searching for the meaning of life

By Bob Huber If you have a left-handed dictionary in your bathroom like I do, you know the many blissful hours that can be spent in scholarly, fun-filled repose. I fostered my own reference book back in the dark ages and added to it over the years, which made my wife Marilyn comment, “If you’re […]

On a mission to find new Scrabble words

Kevin Wilson Journalism, like many other businesses, is one in which words have meaning. Last week, about 10,000 words were recognized as having a meaning of their own. The Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary was released, with approximately 10,000 new terms. While I do not have a copy of this new dictionary — a new edition is […]