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! November 7

Aioli Ai-o-li Noun A mayonnaise flavored with garlic and sometimes other flavors as well. Aioli seems to have become the new salsa in the condiment world. While this one can be traced to 1846 coming from the Occitan words  ai (garlic) and oli ( oil).

My Word! September 19

Tauromachy Tau-rom-a-chy Noun The art or practice of bullfighting Tauromachy is still practiced in Spain, but has lost a great deal of its popularity. We got it from the Spanish word tauromaquia (meaning bullfight).  They cobbled it together from the Greek taurus and machia.

My Word! August 15

Oneiromancy one·i​ro·​man·​cy Noun Divination by means of dreams, or the interpretation of dreams. Joseph gained favor with the Pharaoh by means of oneiromancy and helped avert the effects of famine in the land. People have been trying to interpret dreams for quite some time now since this word first was used in English in 1652. …

My Word! August 8

Niccolic Nic-colic Adjective Composed of, or pertaining to, nickel We all know that pennies are no longer 100% copper, but are nickels still niccolic? As nickel goes back a long time, so does the word about things being made of nickel.  Yep, it’s from the Latin word niccolum (meaning nickel) with the English “ic” on…

My Word! July 4

Initiative  In-i-ti-a-tive Noun an introductory step energy or aptitude displayed in initiation of action, enterprise   the right to initiate legislative action; a procedure enabling a specified number of voters by petition to propose a law and secure its submission to the electorate or to the legislature for approval    Many believe the Battle of Bunker Hill was the initiative of…

My Word! June 27

Hypothesis  Hy-poth-e-sis Noun an assumption or concession made for the sake of argument an interpretation of a practical situation or condition taken as the ground for action a tentative assumption made in order to draw out and test its logical or empirical consequences  the antecedent clause of a conditional statement  The earlier hypothesis that Machu Picchu was the birthplace of the Inca empire is no…

Remember the What?

Maine used to be a lot of things. It used to be the northernmost State. It used to have the most coastline (it has more than 3500 miles of coastline). It was even included in the original United States, as part of Massachusetts until 1820. Not wanting to be dominated by the megalopolis of Boston,…