Above is a picture of a hippopotamus I took sometime in the second half of last year. This one lives at the San Francisco Zoo. I tend to be a fan of hippos. I like their size, their coloring, their movements, and I think their eyes are cool too.
Having taken said hippo pic, I set it aside with the belief I’d eventually find a good use for it. Today I found the perfect use, but it may not be what you think.
In my last post, I sought to use the plural form of the word ‘phenomenon’. I actually was on the right track in choosing ‘phenomena’, but decided in case I was wrong to add (s) at the end to make it clear I meant more than one.
I am once again indebted to Dale over at Diary of an Internet Nobody for verifying the proper usage of the word phenomenon’s plural aspect. As I read his words, I decided to go ‘googling’ to see what I could see.
One of the first websites I came across was Word Hippo. I’m a big fan of unusual names for things, so this one stood out. I admit, I didn’t expect much, but this small, basic site is well done and very useful!
At Word Hippo you’re given the option of finding: another word for; opposite of; meaning of; rhymes with; sentences with; plural of; singular of, and a number of other choices.
If you’re a writer, student, or simply enjoy words, I highly recommend this site. There’s suppose to be apps for both IOS and Android (got me excited!), but unfortunately I didn’t find them. Here’s hoping they show up soon.
Word Hippo may not sound like a serious tool. I’m here to tell you it’s definitely worth a look.
As an added bonus, I decided to throw in a partial ‘spelling list I found in one of my favorite books for writers, ‘The Writer’s Little Helper’ by James V. Smith Jr.
In it (pg. 235), he calls our attention to a few ‘common spelling hang-ups’:
Accommodation – takes two cs AND two ms.
Alot? Nope, you mean a lot.
Alright is all wrong; you mean all right.
Bizarre how many ways bizarre can be misspelled?
Embarrass, with two rs but … harass with one.
Judgement? No, judgment- one e.
There are more in the book…
James’ book is one I turn to on a regular basis. It’s a book with great advice, humor, and loads of inspiration!
Three recommendations in one post! Yahoo!!!
K’lee L. © 2016