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! August 1

Miserable  Mis-er-a-ble Adjective being in a pitiable state of distress or unhappiness wretchedly inadequate or meager   causing extreme discomfort or unhappiness   being likely to discredit or shame  Let’s face it, the weather in August will be miserable.  Weather must have been crappy for a long time since miserable goes back to the 15th century.  The Middle English stole…

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…

Jousting! Crabs! Lions! Oh My!

Maryland’s interest to Europeans goes back to 1498, when the shoreline was mapped by the Venetian John Cabot for the English. In 1632 George Calvert (later also known as Baron Baltimore) came to the shores in hopes of establishing a place where he could practice his Roman Catholicism in peace. He founded a settlement and…

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,…