Paeon, Paean, and peon

I recently commented on a blog post, Celebrating Courage, Creativity and Grit by Silkannthreades.  I wrote that it was a paeon to some talented bloggers.  Thanks to Grammarly, I realized that paeon may have been mispelled.  (Of course I realized this as soon as I hit send.)  I had to reply to my own comment and acknowledge that paeon was a typo and the real word was paean.  (I can’t type but at least I have a decent vocabulary.)

According to the dictionary:

A paean (pronounced PEE-in, sometimes spelled pean) is a fervent expression of joy or praise, often in song.

A paeon (pronounced PEE-in or PEE-on) is a four-syllable metrical foot in prosody. Anyone who doesn’t analyze poetry will never have use for the word.

A peon (pronounced PEE-on) is an unskilled laborer or menial worker. Today, use of the word is most common in Indian English, where it’s used to describe any worker and presumably doesn’t have negative connotations. In American and British English, peon has an insulting tone. No one, in the U.S. at least, wants to be a peon.

The first two words have origins in the same Greek term; peon comes from the Medieval Latin term for foot soldier.



Reblog: 10 Facts You May Not Know About The Declaration of Independence

Reposted from the University of Virginia (where many of these artifacts maybe found in the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library.

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The Writer’s Cottage

writer with typewriterPsychologically, I made two major breakthroughs as a writer this week while we were in Virginia Beach.  We were looking at possible retirement homes.

“What do you two do besides volunteering?” our tour guide asked us.

“I write a blog, ” I responded.

“What’s it about?” she enquired.

“I write about a variety of topics that interest me.  I have about 350 followers.”

It was the first time I had mentioned my blog to a stranger.  It felt good to acknowledge I was a writer.

Later that afternoon, as we drove through  some neighborhoods,  anytime we saw a house with a detached building like a storage hut or an adult-sized playhouse, my husband would say “That can be your writing cottage.  All you’ll need is electricty.”

“And heat and airconditiooning ” I joked.  It was the first time he has expressed an interest in my writing besides doing an excellent job of taking pictures of unusual bathroom doors for my Bathroom Signs irregular series of blog posts.

Plunk by plunk, letter by letter , word by word, I’m typing my way into  being a writer.


5 Unconventional Ways to Promote Your Blog

This is a different take on the usual blog advice. Very helpful and insightful.

The Art of Blogging

If you are trying to reach more readers, chances are you’re already familiar with search engine optimization (SEO) and building a presence on different social media networks.

There is nothing wrong with those methods, and you should probably give them a try, but if you have already exhausted all the common methods of promoting your blog, then here are 5 unconventional methods that will get you more readers.

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📚 🌹 Giornata mondiale del libro 🌹 📚

via 📚 🌹 Giornata mondiale del libro 🌹 📚

Here is the  English translation

Today April 23 marks the World Book and Copyright Day, which is also called Book and Roses Day.

The date April 23 was chosen because on that day, in 1616, three great men of world literature died: the Englishman William Shakespeare, the Spanish Miguel de Cervantes and the Peruvian Garcilaso Inca de la Vega.

Born in Catalonia on the day of Sant Jordi (Saint George), the Spanish "book and rose festival" became UNESCO International Day.

On the day dedicated to Sant Jordi, according to tradition, men give their women a rose, which, according to legend, was born from the blood gushed from the body of the dragon killed by Saint George.
This is why it has become customary for booksellers to give a gift to customers for every book bought