Random Word Wisdom—Necktie
Maybe you don’t find yourself in the scenario to use the word necktie very often. I know I rarely say the word—tie usually gets the point across just fine. But my oldest kid graduated from fifth grade yesterday, and he wore a necktie (the exact one pictured above, in fact), which prompted me to school myself on the word’s proper spelling.
It’s necktie—all one word.
Aren’t you glad you know that?
Random Word Wisdom—Mother’s Day
Technically, we’re talking two words, not just one.
Mother’s and Day.
So, why is there an apostrophe s in Mother’s Day but not in Veterans Day?
Rumor has it that Mother is intended to be singular—each family honors its own mom, you see—and the word Mother’s is used in possessive form. The day belongs to each mother, not a bunch of mothers.
The word Veterans, however, is used as an adjective to describe the day. There is no possession here. The day does not belong to veterans, it honors veterans.
Here are some more holidays to consider—can you figure out the conventions used with these?
St. Patrick’s Day
April Fool’s Day
New Year’s Day
And it’s Daylight Saving Time—not Daylight Savings Time.
Random Word Wisdom—yo-yo
The yo-yo has become all the rage for fifth-graders at my kids’ school. Rumor has it the tricky toy comes out before school, at recess, and after the school day is done.
Proper spelling: yo-yo.
Fun fact: Once a trademark, the word yo-yo is now a generic term.