Judy Hagey

Freelance Editor - Writer

Is There an Echo in Here?

Some years ago, a discount department store ran an ad in which two similarly dressed persons appeared. The announcer—in a loud, annoying voice—called out article after article: a dress shirt from a high-priced department store compared to a similar shirt from the discount store. “It’s the same thing.” After each item—the slacks, the tie, the […]

Flag That

Today is Flag Day in the U.S. Betsy Ross is credited with creating our national emblem despite little historical evidence. But that hasn’t stopped us from setting aside a day to honor the Stars and Stripes—representing the shared ideals and values of disparate states. The use of flags to identify a country or family goes […]

Great Expectations for 2016

The Thanksgiving Day announcement that we are to become grandparents has me facing this new year with a mix of eagerness and anxiety I’ve not experienced since my own first pregnancy. Merriam-Webster calls eager and anxious synonyms. Although they are often used interchangeably, their meanings are slightly different. Both convey a sense of desire, looking […]

All’s Fair in Love and Words

The headline was confusing to say the least. “No foul play in fair food prices” Huh? It’s not that foul and fair should never appear in a sentence together. Take this example: Everyone agreed calling the long ball foul was fair. Perhaps not the best sentence, but in this context most readers understand the intended […]

Word of the Week – delusional

  Humor is usually a good way to make a point. And this picture makes the point I needed to make with a recent client who had difficulty making the distinction between deluded and diluted. Yet another pair of words that sound alike, but should not be used interchangeably. Our young lady on the unicorn […]