Broach – Word of the Week July 27, 2016

Definition: (verb)  To bring up a subject for discussion or debate

 Usage Example:

She didn’t want to go to her husband’s family reunion, but so far, she hadn’t found a way to broach the subject with him.

Usage Notes:

Often used about awkward or difficult topics, when the speaker is nervous about the listener’s potential response.


Quagmire – Word of the Week July 20, 2016

Definition:  A situation that is so difficult or complicated that it is hard to make any progress.

Usage Example:  Since Jim lost all of his money gambling, he is stuck in a financial quagmire. 


quag originally meant a swamp or marshy, muddy place

mire is to get stuck




Analyze – Word of the Week July 13, 2016

Definition: (verb) To examine methodically by breaking into parts and studying their interrelations.

Usage Example: The new software analyzes the behavior of website visitors by looking at every detail of each visit.

Family Members: analyst; analysis; analytical


Lugubrious – Word of the Week 7/6/16

Definition: (adj.) mournful, dismal or gloomy, especially in an exaggerated or insincere way 

Usage Example: The love songs on her new CD were so lugubrious – they made me too depressed to keep listening.

 Etymology: from lugere (Latin) – to mourn



Day One!


Let me get started here!  I have been so busy playing with all the options for customizing my site that I almost forgot about my main goal – getting information to you about how to improve your reading, your writing, and your vocabulary.

Please see the About Me page to get an idea of who I am and what background I bring to teaching reading and writing.

My first posts are going to be “Word of the Week” entries, utilizing the research that says we should use image and rhyme to help us remember new words.

I am so glad to be here, and I look forward to filling this space with lots of fun, creative ideas about reading and writing.