Hi! My name is Tara and I’m currently a freshman at Duke University. I started this blog to not only share my love of words with others, but also to teach people about the fascinating origins of words in the English language.
My love of words led me all the way to the Scripps National Spelling Bee (NSB) in 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018. At eight years old, I was the youngest competitor at the 2013 NSB and I placed in the top ten in 2018. These experiences inspired me to discover and learn more words.
English borrows words from Latin, Ancient Greek, French, German and many other languages. Over half of the words in the English language come from Latin and Greek so knowledge of these two languages is particularly helpful. I studied Latin for 7 years and Ancient Greek for 2 years. I also studied Spanish for 4 years and I am currently learning Hindi.
As a way to give back to my community, I founded the Bluegrass Literacy Project (BLP) in 2018. BLP is an award winning 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to improving English language literacy among the youth of Kentucky. For more information, visit bluegrassliteracyproject.org.
In 2020, I founded Girls Driving Change, an international online platform dedicated to helping girls and young women create social change.
Three words that best describe me are: bibliophile (love to read), linguaphile (lover of languages and words) and chocaholic (addicted to dark chocolate).
Thank you for visiting my blog – I hope you enjoy your time here!