Assy-thingummy: A New Series of Posts About Words

I’ve realized that the volume of content here on Sixteen Small Stones has been in stead decline for some time.  As I’ve thought about the reasons, I’ve decided that my posts have become much too narrowly focused, and so I have been writing only when I have something to say regarding religion or politics and when I have the energy to distill my thoughts into an essay.

Originally, Sixteen Small Stones was meant to be a place for me to write about any of my many interests and starting now I am going to return to that objective.  I will still be writing about politics and religion when I have something to say, but it will not be the only focus as it has been lately.

I love words and etymology.  I often come across fascinating words and word relationships.  Today I am introducing an onging series called “Assy-thingummy.”  The name Assy-thingummy comes from the book “The Voyage of the Dawn Treader” by C. S. Lewis:

“I’m trying to think of a limerick, “said Eustace.

“Something like this:

Some kids who played games about Narnia Got gradually balmier and balmier–”

“Well, Narnia and balmier don’t rhyme, to begin with,” said Lucy.

“It’s an assonance, “said Eustace.

“Don’t ask him what an assy-thingummy is, “said Edmund. “He’s only longing to be asked.”

So Assy-thingummy posts will be about words, word relationships, and fun word facts.  I hope you’ll enjoy them as much as I do!

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