Remember spelling bees? When we were taught that knowing the CORRECT spelling of things was one of the world’s great skills? The competition, the drama, the suspense. i remember asking and asking for the word jewelry to be repeated…because as a voracious reader, my memory also held the word in its British version, jewellery. WRONG! […]


The Acoustic Burro is all ears–unless she has something to bray about. Take a walk with her this afternoon and your ears might prick up too. Somewhere in the sky, a winnowing. Winnow: from the late 14th century, Old English windwian “to fan, winnow,” from wind “air in motion, paring down.” Cognate with Old Norse vinza, Old High German winton “to fan, […]