Dungeon

I’ve been rereading Harry Potter recently, and the word “dungeon” occurs rather frequently. They’re dark and fearsome, but what is a dungeon, exactly? I mean, I’ve never actually been in one. I’m working on a book called “Written in Stone,” a fantasy romance, which involves a dungeon or two, so the word’s going to comeContinue reading “Dungeon”

Category

“Predictables?” Oh, no, it was “predicables,” but I’m none the wiser. Affirmable attributes leave me baffled, so I’m just going to accept the meaning of “category” that I know: a group of things that share something. (That’s not quite what the dictionary said, but close enough.) To clear my head a little, I think I’llContinue reading “Category”

Tomb

I was working on a book and wrote the word “tombstone.” Then I started to wonder why “tomb” rhymes with “gloom” and doesn’t sound like “Tom.” According to Wiktionary, “tomb” was borrowed from Old French into Middle English, and since I understand neither Middle English spelling nor pronunciation, I don’t know why the o, butContinue reading “Tomb”