Judy Hagey

Nonfiction Editor ~ Freelance Writer

Word of the Week – homing in

When he was young, our oldest son sang out “homey, homey,” whenever we pulled into the driveway from an out-of-town trip. I use that rather homely introduction to home in on the Word of the Week. Or is it hone in? Don’t be too hard on yourself if you’re not sure. Even the experts aren’t […]

Word of the Week – scintilla

When is the last time someone called you a scintillating conversationalist? Never, you say? Not to worry. It’s likely not because you are not a great talker, but because scintillating is one of those words that we just don’t use very often anymore. It’s a shame, because who doesn’t want to expand their vocabulary? In […]

Dishing on Dis

Ever since I discovered that ruth, meaning compassionate or merciful, was an antonym for ruthless as well as a woman’s name I’ve been on the lookout for other words with little-known or rarely-used roots. As it turns out, there are quite a number of words with the prefix dis that have little or an obsolete […]

Word of the Week – limelight

Awards season is about to begin. The Golden Globes airs Sunday. The NFL crowns a champion in a few weeks, and in March we get the Oscars. All these events put folks in the spotlight. The original spotlight was technically a limelight, also called a Drummond light or calcium light. The source of light was […]

Have a lollapalooza new year

It’s a new year and a re-start on my Word of the Week posts. Why not start off with a neologism—a made-up word. One that I hope characterizes the year ahead: lollapalooza. As a neologism it’s prone to suffixation. (Yea, I just made that up.) By that I mean you can find palooza attached to […]