Betsey Ellis

Betsey is a recovering agent of Satan (.i.e. a legal professional) now working towards a lifetime goal of becoming a perfectly sane cat lady, medieval clothing designer, and occasional playwright. Maybe even finish my doctorate.....nyah, probably not, who needs another expert in Elizabethan Law and its effect on the growth of the middle class.

My Word! March 30

Incondite (in-con-dite) Adjective From the Latin in (meaning not) and conditus (a past participle condere meaning to put together) Meanings: 1. poorly constructed (often used in connection with literary works); 2. lacking refinement or crude. Sally Olsen’s latest book is incondite and almost totally lacking in plot.

My Word! February 9

Bromide (bro-mide) Noun This one has two meanings: 1. A trite or obvious remark. 2. Any compound of the element bromide and another metal. These drugs were sometimes used as sedatives or paralytics. John just kept repeating the phrase, “follow your dreams” until it had become a meaningless bromide. Tennessee has been having trouble obtaining…

What’s In A Name?

Thank the good Lord that there is a couple of States before Iowa. I don’t know about you, but I am sick to death of hearing about Iowa. So instead, let’s look at a highly nutritious State (as long as you don’t load it up with butter, cheese and sour cream) – Idaho. Unofficially known…

Aloha, Hawai’i

HELLO GOODBYE Remember that old Beatles song “You say good-bye, and I say hello”? It might well have been written with our next target in mind. Aloha and welcome to the Nation’s most recent state (if you can call 1959 recent) Hawai’i. Yes, for the natives, that extra mark is necessary. They think it helps…