Loud Arguments About Silent Letters

by Kevin Burton    When my parents issued me flash cards before kindergarten, I wondered why the work “knife” had a K in it when it didn’t do anything.     All these years later I hear from Merriam-Webster that not just e’s and k’s but all the letters of the English alphabet are silent at …

All The Letters Can Be Silent? Shut Up!

by Kevin Burton    Silent E is so famous it has a song, we all know about that one. We know how the letter e at the end of man, changes the word to mane, for example.    The silent e turns the a from short to long.    But did you know all the …

My ABCs: C Is For Communication

by Kevin Burton    So I had this great idea for a series, my ABCs.    Take the words that letters stand for in kindergarten, A for apple, B for ball, etc., and trade them in for the words that seem more appropriate after years and years of experience in life.    I started this …

A Few Words For March Madness Fans

by Kevin Burton    You hear the word “hoops” what comes to mind?    Are you thinking earrings? Are you thinking bureaucracy, extra obstacles you have to jump through? Or are you thinking basketball?    No right answer to this, we try to appeal to all types of readers here. But for me, it’s basketball. …

Wordle Is A Thing, But I Better Not

by Kevin Burton    There’s a new game, it’s a craze actually, called Wordle.    You have heard of it no doubt. Two of my favorite bloggers wrote about Wordle on back to back days this week. That qualifies it as a craze for me, I don’t get out much.    Here’s an explanation of …

Kansas Nice: My Tribute To A Great Blog

by Kevin Burton    Well I’ve never been to Heaven, but I’ve been to North Dakota. Well they tell me I was born there, but I really don’t remember.    That of course is borrowed from the Three Dog Night song “Never Been to Spain.”  I put my own spin on it to give a …

Please Stand By For Stupid Word Tricks

by Kevin Burton    So I’m not a plumber, not a fashion designer, I do words. Words are what I do.     I got skillses and stuff. I’m qualified.     Not to brag, but I know my palindromes backward and forward.    So now and then you may see, here on this platform, some of …

Can A Scrabble Game Launch A Rock Song?

by Kevin Burton    You’ve heard of writer’s block, when a writer either can’t think of new ideas or has trouble developing them?    One of the things writers do for each other is provide writing prompts.  These are words or phrases you’re supposed to use and elaborate on to create a story.     So …

Idioms Are Words To Live By, Carefully

by Kevin Burton    I try to be thoughtful and practical when buying things for my wife. I have to admit though, one of my Christmas presents for her sucks.    It’s a handheld vacuum to clean the car interior and small places in the house.     Sucks, get it? Vacuum sucks?     Well OK, …