Word of the Week – Disgruntled + Gruntle

Word of the Week – Disgruntled + Gruntle

I saw a Facebook post a couple weeks ago in which someone realized disgruntled was the opposite of gruntled--a word they'd never heard before, but which they were "very gruntled to learn about." I got a good laugh out of it...so naturally, had to look it up. Though in this case, the looking-up...

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Word of the Week – Greg (That’s Right, Greg)

Word of the Week – Greg (That’s Right, Greg)

Did you know that greg is Latin for "flock or herd"? Yeah, neither did I. 😉 But that then makes sense when we look at some of the words that have greg as their root: Congregate - to come together as a groupSegregate - to separate from a group And then the one that got my attention - gregarious....

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Cover Reveal for The Nature of a Lady

Cover Reveal for The Nature of a Lady

My new series, The Secrets of the Isles, releases summer 2021 and it's time to share the cover for the first book! Are you ready?  .   .   .   .   .   But first.... .   .   .   About the Book  1906 – Lady Elizabeth "Libby" Sinclair, with her love of microscopes and nature, isn’t exactly a hit in...

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Word of the Week – The Dickens

Word of the Week – The Dickens

A phrase from the archives today...Original post published 2/20/2017 Another special request today, though there isn't quite as much information on it as there was on last week's . . . The question was where the expression "the dickens" comes from. Well, the answer's a bit unclear. What we know is...

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Word of the Week – Decimate

Word of the Week – Decimate

So let's look at the word decimate. We all know what it means--"to utterly destroy." Right? Well, as it turns out, yes--but. There's always a "but," right? LOL. Decimate actually has a much more precise meaning that I was completely unaware of. If we look at the root of the word, we see dec in...

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Word of the Week – Myriad and Million

Word of the Week – Myriad and Million

When we think about  numbers, we don't often consider that once upon a time, they didn't go very high. But in fact, in ancient days, there weren't words for anything greater than "ten thousand." In the Ancient Greek and Roman eras, this was the largest number known, and myriad was the world used...

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Roseanna for Writers, Coming Soon!

Roseanna for Writers, Coming Soon!

I hear from a lot of you who are also writers ... but I know that doesn't apply to all or even most of my readers. My goal is always to serve all of you as best as I can, and in the past, my "serving other writers" goals have been met by teaching at conferences and doing guest articles on sites...

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Mock Latin Words 5

Mock Latin Words 5

I hope you've enjoyed the Mock Latin series! This is my final installment, and only one is mock Latin. The other two are just "mock" in general, but they were fun, so I thought I'd include them. 😉 Asquatulate - This is another word meant to poke fun at the person who speaks it, this time...

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Roseanna M. White is a bestselling, Christy Award nominated author who has long claimed that words are the air she breathes. When not writing fiction, she’s homeschooling her two kids, editing, designing book covers, and pretending her house will clean itself. Roseanna is the author of a slew of historical novels that span several continents and thousands of years. Spies and war and mayhem always seem to find their way into her books…to offset her real life, which is blessedly ordinary.