Vocabulary Mondays: Dearth

Artist:  Artis Harrison
Artist: Artis Harrison

 

 

Last night I was chatting with a cousin-in-law.  He used the word dearth.  I had never heard of the word.  And I was too embarrassed to ask the meaning.  So I wrote the word down on a piece of paper with the intent to use it for today’s post.

 

 

Word:  Dearth

Part of Speech:  noun

Meaning:

1.  an inadequate supply; scarcity; lack: There is a dearth of good engineers.

2.  scarcity and dearness of food; famine.

Word Origin & History

dearth

mid-13c., derthe “scarcity,” abstract n. formed from root of O.E. deore “precious, costly” (see dear). Originally used of famines, when food was costly because scarce.

The information on this page was taken from Thesaurus.com and Dictionary.com

Vocabulary Mondays: Love

Unfamous Love Quotes

Word:  Love

Part of Speech:  noun

Meaning:  1)  adoration; very strong liking
2) person who is loved by another

Part of Speech: verb

Meaning: 1) adore, like very much
2) have sexual relations

Word Usage:  The love I have for Darren is different from the feelings I have for my new car.

 

Grammatical Wednesdays: What Is a Subject Noun?

NounsWhat the heck is a subject noun?  In all my days of learning how to write I have never heard of a “subject noun.”  Hum . . . I guess I better start searching for the answer to my question.

Well, I finally found a definition that was easy to understand.  According to WiseGeek.com:

A subject noun is the subject of a sentence and usually, but not always, comes before the main verb in a sentence. The subject performs the action described by the verb and can be identified in a sentence by the answer to the question “who did it?” or “what did it?” A noun is a name word used for a person, thing, animal, or something abstract and these nouns can function in a sentence as a subject, a subject or object complement, direct or indirect object, an adjectiveadverb or appositive.

Grammatical Wednesdays – Eight Parts of Speech

Several weeks ago I wrote about a sentence requires a subject and a predicate.  A week after that I also noted  “a sentence must have a verb but the verb can also be a predicate.”  However, today I want to briefly list the eight parts of speech:  the verb, the noun, the pronoun, the adjective, the adverb, the preposition, the conjunction, and the interjection.

Parts of speech defines how words are being used.  In my next post I will discuss how words can work as a noun in one sentence, and how that same word can be used as a verb or even an adjective in a different sentence structure.