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Harry Potter Spells - Levicorpus

Last week, I took a break from Harry Potter to talk about the Kentucky Derby but let’s return to exploring Harry Potter spells. Harry first discovers the spell “levicorpus” in Snape’s old potions book in  94 more words

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Harry Potter Spells - Sectumsempra

During the next couple of weeks, I would like to explore some spells utilized in Harry Potter. Sectumsempra is a curse created by Severus Snape, the Half-Blood Prince. 58 more words

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Severus Snape - Harry Potter Characters

Let’s explore another charactonym used in Harry Potter! If you recall, a charactonym is a name that suggests a certain trait about a fictional character. Severus Snape is the feared Potions Master of Hogwarts and later becomes the Defense against the Dark Arts teacher. 95 more words


Remus Lupin - Harry Potter Characters

Remus Lupin was also known as “Moony” to his friends because he transformed into a werewolf during the full moon. harrypotter.wikia.com

Remus Lupin as a werewolf. 127 more words

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Name That Animal: Challenge #1

This semester, I am taking a fabulous etymology class called The Witty Wordsmith. Recently, the instructor challenged the class to name weird animals that people had created using Photoshop. 175 more words


funambulist (fyu̇-ˈnam-byə-list)

A funambulist is a tightrope walker. Funambulist contains the Latin roots fun– meaning rope and ambul– meaning walk. This word literally means “rope walker!” One of the most famous funambulists is Jean-Francois Gravelet, known as “The Great Blondin”. 91 more words


Phrasal Verbs y la historia del idioma inglesa

I’m preparing lessons for my trip to the Dominican Republic this summer where I will be teaching English as a Foreign Language. When I’m learning, I like to know why and not just what, so I thought I would share this short, explanation on why we tend to use phrasal verbs when speaking to EFL students whose first language is rooted in Latin… and think we’re doing them a favor even when they would understand our longer words more easily. 460 more words

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