Judy Hagey

Nonfiction Editor ~ Freelance Writer

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 […]

Stuck

I have a torus palatinus. No, that’s not some obscene fetish. An oral tori is bony growth that occurs on the palate or jaw. Common, harmless, and normally painless, mine is on the roof of my mouth and doesn’t usually bother me. Except. Except when a piece of food gets stuck in the narrow crevice […]