Hi everyone!

My first online etymology workshop will be held on April 10, 2020 from 2:00-2:30 PM EST. Please let me know if you are interested by sending a message to bluegrassliteracyproject@gmail.com. Anyone interested in learning more about etymology is welcome to register.

Hello! I’ve added the Instagram for the Bluegrass Literacy Project on the side menu of this blog. Every Saturday, I post a stem with example words to help people learn roots and I didn’t want you all to miss out on this awesome information!

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One of my favorite things to eat is pasta. I could eat fettuccine, linguine, penne and farfalle every day and not ever get tired of it!

Stewart Edelstein, the author of Dubious Doublets: A Delightful Compendium of Unlikely Word Pairs of Common Origin, from Aardvark/Porcelain to Zodiac/Whiskey has created a fun pasta quiz on Merriam-Webster online. As you take the quiz, you’ll notice that the origins of many of the Italian words for the various pastas derive from Latin. This is because Italian is a Romance language. Other Romance languages include Spanish, French, and Portuguese. Romance languages come from Vulgar Latin (vulgus is a Latin noun that means “common people” or “general public”), a form of Latin that was spoken by commoners in Rome during the 2nd – 4th centuries.

Take the quiz and be sure to let me know how you did!


Exactly one year ago, I started The Word Explorer to share my love of etymology with other people. I believe that words are beautiful and if you understand where they come from, it adds to their beauty.

Two goals that I wanted to reach by my first anniversary were to have 1000 views and 25 followers. I am happy to say that I have surpassed both goals thanks to all of you. I want to extend a special thank you to all of my followers for supporting me. I hope you all stay with me for another exciting year of word exploration!

One of my followers, Mr. M, asked me to write about the word oikos. Oikos is the Greek word for house. My mother mentioned that this is also the name of  a company that makes Greek yogurt. The people who named the  company probably wanted to persuade buyers that their product tasted homemade. What do you all think?

I am always on the lookout for new and interesting words, so if any of you come across any cool words, comment and let me know!



Hi everyone! I am really excited that the 2014 Scripps National Spelling Bee is coming up at the end of this month; the Bee is full of unique words and a LOT of drama. I thought that it would be nice to explore some past championship words. I will be posting the first word tomorrow. I hope you enjoy these wonderful words!  Are you planning to watch the Bee this year?