People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing. That’s why we recommend it daily. - Zig Ziglar
HilaryHinton"Zig"Ziglar (November 6, 1926 – November 28, 2012) was an American author, salesman, and motivational speaker. An author of many books on the subject he knew best. Here are more of his wonderful quotes and information about him on his website here:
Today we remember the 2,996 people that died on September 11, 2001 in the deadlest terror attack ever on American soil. Today we will hear a lot of these words spoken: in hono, in remembrance, commemoration, etc... What are the differences between these words? Not a lot, but some:
Commemoration: an observance or celebration designed to honor the memory of some person or event
Commemorative: an adjective for an object or action acting as a memorial or mark of an event or person.
Remembrance: the act of remembering; a holding in mind, or bringing to mind; recollection.
Memory: Uses may be interchangeable with remembrance, as "in memory of..." and in remembrance of..."
Honor: as a way to show respect and admiration for (someone) such as the first responders, helpers, and aide workers.
2. a stick with a horse's head, or a rocking horse, ridden by children.
3. a figure of a horse, attached at the waist of a performer in a morris dance, pantomime, etc.
Citations for hobbyhorse
His face kindled as it only did when the subject of electricity came up. His hobbyhorse, Claire would have said. My dad would have called it his obsession.
Stephen King, Revival, 2014
If he had a hobbyhorse, it was that. He loved a garden.
Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey,
Origin of hobbyhorse
In Middle English one of the meanings of hobby was “small horse, pony” (obsolete except in dialect). By the early 19th century hobby acquired the sense “favorite occupation or amusement,” the current meaning of the word. This last sense of hobby was borrowed from the earlier hobbyhorse, which in the 16th century meant several things, e.g., a figure of a horse made of wicker worn in morris dances, pantomimes, and burlesques; a child’s toy consisting of horse’s head on the end of a stick or a rocking horse; a horse on a merry-go-round or a carousel. By the 17th century hobbyhorse developed the meaning “pet project, favorite pastime.” Hobbyhorse entered English in the 16th century.
Words we commonly mispronounce. It happens. No shame. Here is a list of those words and the CORRECT pronunciation first, followed by the way we mess it up sometimes. :) Confession: I have been saying FIG-Yer all this time. It is actually FIG-er. I am now .000000068435% smarter today!)
across (a-CROSS) (a-CROST)
athlete (ATH-leet) (ATH-a-leet)
Arctic (ARC-tic) (AR-tic)
comfortable (COM-fort-a-ble) (COMF-ter-ble)
electoral (eh-LEK-tor-al) (eh-lek-TOR-al)
espresso (ess-PRESS-oh) (ex-PRESS-oh)
forte (FORT)(for-TAY) - correct only as a music term
Today we're going to talk about the crime of using an apostophe in a plural word. This should be punishable by writing 100 times: " I will not use an apostrophe for a plural". I know why this is happening. When we want to say our specific letters of the alphabet are hard to write in cursive, the correct way would be to say, "The capital z's are hard to do in cursive." It is necessary in that case because otherwise the word would be, "zs" and that would be just too hard to understand. But just because of this one exception, people have tacked that apostrophe onto EVERY plural word they see. Stop it. Here is a big long lesson on it. In short though, if you're in a hurry: DO NOT place an apostropy in a word written as plural. "This is the cat's food. She only has one cat. But her neighbor has two cats." NOT "...two cat's." Got it? We're cool then. (Feel free to copy and paste this for use later when the issue of an apostrophe comes up and you don't know to proceed.)
Rule 1a. Use the apostrophe to show possession. To show possession with a singular noun, add an apostrophe plus the letter s.
a woman's hat
the boss's wife
Mrs. Chang's house
Rule 1b. Many common nouns end in the letter s (lens, cactus, bus, etc.). So do a lot of proper nouns (Mr. Jones, Texas, Christmas). There are conflicting policies and theories about how to show possession when writing such nouns. There is no right answer; the best advice is to choose a formula and stay consistent.
Rule 1c. Some writers and editors add only an apostrophe to all nouns ending in s. And some add an apostrophe + s to every proper noun, be it Hastings's or Jones's.
One method, common in newspapers and magazines, is to add an apostrophe + s ('s) to common nouns ending in s, but only a stand-alone apostrophe to proper nouns ending in s.
the class's hours
Mr. Jones' golf clubs
the canvas's size
Care must be taken to place the apostrophe outside the word in question. For instance, if talking about a pen belonging to Mr. Hastings, many people would wrongly write Mr. Hasting's pen (his name is not Mr. Hasting).
Correct: Mr. Hastings' pen
Another widely used technique is to write the word as we would speak it. For example, since most people saying "Mr. Hastings' pen" would not pronounce an added s, we would write Mr. Hastings' pen with no added s. But most people would pronounce an added s in "Jones's," so we'd write it as we say it: Mr. Jones's golf clubs. This method explains the punctuation of for goodness' sake.
Rule 2a. Regular nouns are nouns that form their plurals by adding either the letter s or es (guy, guys; letter, letters; actress, actresses; etc.). To show plural possession, simply put an apostrophe after the s.
Correct: guys' night out (guy + s + apostrophe)
Incorrect: guy's night out (implies only one guy)
Correct: two actresses' roles (actress + es + apostrophe)
Incorrect: two actress's roles
Rule 2b. Do not use an apostrophe + s to make a regular noun plural.
Incorrect: Apostrophe's are confusing.
Correct: Apostrophes are confusing.
Incorrect: We've had many happy Christmas's.
Correct: We've had many happy Christmases.
In special cases, such as when forming a plural of a word that is not normally a noun, some writers add an apostrophe for clarity.
Example: Here are some do's and don'ts.
In that sentence, the verb do is used as a plural noun, and the apostrophe was added because the writer felt that dos was confusing. Not all writers agree; some see no problem with dos and don'ts.
However, with single lowercase letters, it is advisable to use apostrophes.
Example: My a's look like u's.
Imagine the confusion if you wrote that sentence without apostrophes. Readers would see as and us, and feel lost.
Rule 2c. English also has many irregular nouns (child, nucleus, tooth, etc.). These nouns become plural by changing their spelling, sometimes becoming quite different words. You may find it helpful to write out the entire irregular plural noun before adding an apostrophe or an apostrophe + s.
Incorrect: two childrens' hats
The plural is children, not childrens.
Correct: two children's hats (children + apostrophe + s)
Incorrect: the teeths' roots
Correct: the teeth's roots
Rule 2d. Things can get really confusing with the possessive plurals of proper names ending in s, such as Hastings and Jones.
If you're the guest of the Ford family—the Fords—you're the Fords' guest (Ford + s + apostrophe). But what if it's the Hastings family?
Most would call them the "Hastings." But that would refer to a family named "Hasting." If someone's name ends in s, we must add -es for the plural. The plural of Hastings is Hastingses. The members of the Jones family are the Joneses.
To show possession, add an apostrophe.
Incorrect: the Hastings' dog
Correct: the Hastingses' dog (Hastings + es + apostrophe)
Incorrect: the Jones' car
Correct: the Joneses' car
In serious writing, this rule must be followed no matter how strange or awkward the results.
Rule 2e. Never use an apostrophe to make a name plural.
Incorrect: The Wilson's are here.
Correct: The Wilsons are here.
Incorrect: We visited the Sanchez's.
Correct: We visited the Sanchezes.
Rule 3. With a singular compound noun (for example, mother-in-law), show possession with an apostrophe + s at the end of the word.
Example: my mother-in-law's hat
If the compound noun (e.g., brother-in-law) is to be made plural, form the plural first (brothers-in-law), and then use the apostrophe + s.
Example: my two brothers-in-law's hats
Rule 4a. If two people possess the same item, put the apostrophe + s after the second name only.
Example: Cesar and Maribel's home is constructed of redwood.
However, if one of the joint owners is written as a pronoun, use the possessive form for both.
Incorrect: Maribel and my home
Incorrect: Mine and Maribel's home
Correct: Maribel's and my home
Incorrect: he and Maribel's home
Incorrect: him and Maribel's home
Correct: his and Maribel's home
Incorrect: you and Maribel's home
Incorrect: yours and Maribel's home
Correct: Maribel's and your home
Note: As the above examples demonstrate, when one of the co-owners is written as a pronoun, use possessive adjectives (my, your, her, our, their). Avoid possessive pronouns (mine, yours, hers, ours, theirs) in such constructions.
It should be mentioned that compound possessives are often clunky as well as confusing. For instance, a picture of her and Cesar's house could refer to a photo of "her" in front of the house that Cesar owns or a photo of the house that she and Cesar co-own. Big difference. Such ambiguous sentences should just be rewritten.
Rule 4b. In cases of separate rather than joint possession, use the possessive form for both.
Cesar's and Maribel's homes are both lovely.
They don't own the homes jointly.
Cesar and Maribel's homes are both lovely.
The homes belong to both of them.
Rule 5. Use an apostrophe with contractions. The apostrophe is placed where a letter or letters have been removed.
Examples: doesn't, it's, 'tis, can't, you'd, should've, rock 'n' roll, etc.
Rule 6. There are various approaches to plurals for abbreviations, single letters, and numerals.
Many writers and editors prefer an apostrophe after single capitalized letters.
Example: I made straight A's.
With groups of two or more capital letters, apostrophes seem less necessary.
There are two new MPs on the base.
He learned his ABCs.
She consulted with three M.D.s. OR She consulted with three M.D.'s.
Some write M.D.'s to give the s separation from the second