not olive, but she walks like this sometimes.
is it a crab? is it a cat? what is it doing?
Part of speech: adverb
Origin: English, 20th century
Definition: To, toward, or from the side, typically in an awkward way.
Examples in a sentence:
“Roberto moved crabwise without taking his eyes off the dodgeball.”
“My cat only moves crabwise if she knows I’m going to try to give her a pill.”
“some things cannot be changed. you cannot teach a crab to walk straight.”
word of the week
you never know when you might need this
it could be just the perfect word to describe your circumstances.
image credit – gary larson, the far side
“read to your children all of the time
novels and nursery rhymes
autobiographies, even the newspaper
it doesn’t matter; it’s quality time
because once upon a time
we grew up on stories in the voices in which they were told
we need words to hold us and the world to behold us
for us to truly know our souls.”
in honor of world nursery rhyme week
image credit: 1930s vintage etsy art
(not me, but someone who approaches things the same way I do)
my favorite quote or word to live by:
in every sense of the word.
image credit: vintage pinterest
standing by what could be the longest word in the universe.
‘this universe can very well be expressed in words and syllables
which are not those of one’s mother tongue.’
-tahar ben jelloun
i hear the grandies’ voices
one reads words out loud
while the other
writes ‘created words’
“maybe i should take a writing class.”
handwriting is so cool
because it is like
the written equivalent of someone’s voice.
“writing cannot express all words, words cannot encompass all ideas.”
photo credit: google images
not me, but very similar.
(sometimes at the most inappropriate of times),
i have been known to cachinnate.
credits: google images, merriam-webster dictionary
THE SPARTANS ON CALLING AN ENEMY’S BLUFF: “IF.”
Philip II of Macedon was the father of Alexander the Great. His son would one day conquer the (known) world, but Philip got things started by conquering all the city-states of ancient Greece. Well, almost all. Sparta, on the southernmost tip of the land Philip sought to control, was a strict military culture known for its brutal martial prowess.
In 346 B.C, Philip sent a message to intimidate the Spartans. “You are advised to submit without further delay, for if I bring my army on your land, I will destroy your farms, slay your people and raze your city.” The term “Laconic wit,” comes from the Spartan region Laconia.
The Spartans employed it to great effect with their one word response to Philip: “If.”
Philip never attempted to conquer Sparta.