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Alphabetical challenge

This post is written in response to the daily prompt: A to Z.

Alphabetical challenges are nothing new.

Bloggers in profusion posted in an orderly fashion in April.

Challenges of every kind attract competitive types.

Daily targets must be met.

Every entrant should take a look at what other participants have written.

Freshly pressed is a status symbol.

Greenhorns have much to gain by reading the documentation.

History could be a category or tag.

Information is available on the worldwide web.

Judging between competition entries must be difficult at times.

Knowledge is shared by kind people.

Links can help readers find information.

Managing comments might be interesting.

Nothing venture; nothing win.

Opening paragraphs pull in readers (or not!)

Punctuation helps make sense of long sentences.

Questions and answers are now known as FAQs in many cases.

Rhyme and reason sometimes coexist.

Some seniors have time to write.

Television is less interactive than blogging…

…Unless a blogger is interviewed by a presenter!

Versatile bloggers share awards.

Words appear even on photographic posts.

Xylophones are named after the Latin Greek for wood.

Young people may be exceptionally gifted writers.

Zebras feature on the WordPress Pachyderm theme.

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No doubt about it – I’m a logomaniac!

This is written rather belatedly in response to Queen Creative’s Prompt for the promptless.

If a logomaniac is someone who is mad about words, I must be one.

My first blog Sue’s considered trifles is all about the English language and the meaning of words, phrases, sayings and the like.

An early post on this blog explains why I chose the rather twee theme, Pachyderm and am now stuck with the picture heading it.

It’s the holiday season, so please excuse this short post, which is about 3 weeks late!

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Pachyderm

A pachyderm is a thick-skinned animal.  An elephant, a hippopotamus and a rhinoceros are all pachyderms.  The word has its origins in Greek.  Derma means skin.  The rest of the word comes from the Greek for thick.

I first came across the word pachyderm in my early teens.  We did not have a television as my parents believed it would be a distraction from schoolwork and that black and white television technology would be superseded by colour.  When that happened they would reconsider.  So when I had finished my homework, I read the dictionary for fun!

I read plenty of other books too, but I liked to do a trail through the dictionary, where I looked up a word, sometimes at random.  If there were unknown words in the definition, I looked them up next.

And I discovered pachyderm.

One English lesson our teacher asked us to write down a word on a slip of paper.  Guess what I wrote!  The slips were handed in and given out to other girls in the class.  The idea was to talk for a set length of time about the word on the paper.  It was hardly surprising that the recipient of mine had no idea what it meant!  She made a valiant attempt speculating on what it might be.  I hope it was harmless mischief on my part.

With wordpress choosing it as the name for a theme, I think pachyderm will be a better known word than ever before.  It won’t be necessary to be a dictionary-reader to understand it.  (Now you only need to read this post!!)

I don’t think a post about pachyderms would be complete without an elephant joke.  Here is one I remember from primary school.

What time is it when an elephant sits on your fence?
Time to get a new one.

In a post on my other blog I mentioned how glad I am that it is no longer legal to hunt elephants for their ivory tusks.

Hannibal is famous for crossing the Alps with elephants.  But did you know that Solomon had a throne inlaid with ivory? 1 Kings 10: 18