Grammar Blog: Week 12: Meaning?


Hi, Colbert, go ahead thank Wikipedia for me for the image.

So there’s this word “post-truth.”

Here is a random list of what I think may be the definition of “post-truth”:

A new basketball move that an athletic center may make. Possibly a nickname. One only has to think

“Post-truth slams the facts down the hole!”

Another meaning could be something that is likely true after the original event has already occurred.

So was I right, Oxford?

“relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.”

Okay, not really, but I thought I was reasonably close. There has to be a basketball player who could be nicknamed post-truth. I mean, it could be a player nicknamed post-truth after Paul Pierce is no longer the active truth, right?

I personally am a fan of adulting. I vaguely consider myself an adult, so when I have to complete actual adult tasks, adulting seems to hit definition niche.

But what is one word that means one thing, but actually means the opposite of its listed definition?

I actually can’t think of something that doesn’t imply some kind of sarcasm. “Oh sure, you’re the best blogger in the world. Congratulations, President Blogger,” would probably be read in a more sarcastic tone in my mind.

The closest comparison I could come to was “truthiness.” Although that was used in a more intentional comedic fashion by the Colbert Report. Without any backing at all besides my gut and intuition, in the spirit of truthiness, post-truth feels like the offspring of truthiness.

So the lesson is that adding “iness” to a word will spawn a “post-” to an already existing word to create a word that is opposite of meaning.


Grammar Blog: Week 11: Fun with Puns.


Thank you for the great pun visual, English 8. Milkshakes are good for everyone unless they’re not (they are). There’s also a pretty good pun generator here.

So we had a pun assignment before this pun assignment.

(On another silly side note: Are you really hitting me for typing in “pun” Grammarly?)

My pun was accessible to my friends who were already fans (fanatics, not the cool you down fans).Far Cry fans would have interpreted the denotation before the connotative meaning, or at least, would have been the most likely. Otherwise, it is not an obvious pun unless it’s read with an explanation. It was fun to write and break down its elements, but I can see why it is not super accessible to anyone who hasn’t heard of the Far Cry series or the Ubisoft company.

So let me start off with a series of horrible puns based around a theme. It should be easy to see, we’ll proceed accordionly.

Now, not to harp on this theme over and over again, but I treble with anticipation every time I can utilize them. There is absolutely no reason to just fiddle around.

Did you catch them?

Music instruments and related terms!

Let’s see:

Accordion was horrible transfigured to combine with accordingly. Harp fit well into the context of the sentence and works as a pun too. Treble was a stretch as it wasn’t necessarily a strict musical term and it barely matches tremble. “Fiddle around” sounds like something that could be a common phrase.

Personally, I think the best puns have homophones, and words that don’t have to be horribly stretched to match the pun. The harp mention was the best example because it was already a well-known phrase and it fit the pun theme. For me, the pun that takes a second to get is most satisfying to create.

So have pun with that!

Grammar Blog: Week 10: What is Gaming?


I am a Las Vegas native. I was born and raised here. It turns out I also play an unhealthy amount of video games.

So I say the following as a Las Vegas person who also plays video games: I’ve always considered “gaming” a reference to video games. Gambling refers to a system, it could be a game, wherein one bets a certain amount of something in the hopes of winning more of that something. Probably something of a tangible value like money.

As an example: A game of blackjack for the sake of playing blackjack is an example of gaming.

A game of Starcraft II played for a bet is an example of gambling.

Gambling can involve games of all sorts, but gaming can be associated with games that are normally correlated with gambling.

Although there are video games with various gambling mini-games in them, such as Final Fantasy XII-2. I would consider those to be gambling simulators since no real money is actually won or lost, just in-game currency that cannot be paid for with real money.

So one could use gaming to gamble, but one typically gambles through the system of a game.

So take it from a native: Although I consider gaming to refer to video games, there are plenty that use gaming to refer to gambling.

Why are words weird?