How do you pronounce Dawn?

Today on Jeopardy there was a category on homophones, words that sound alike, but have different meanings. Here’s the clue that threw me: a homophone that can mean either a high-ranking member of a Mafia family, or the rising of the sun. No wonder I missed that one. In the dialect of standard English that […]

Happy Birthday, Mr. Dickens!

Born this day in 1812, Charles Dickens died on 9 June 1870, having producing dozens of novels and short works, many of which are still read today. Here’s a list of his works at Every Author. Great Expectations is the novel now taught ad nauseum in the schools, but the book of choice with English […]