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One of the many pleasures of using Real Spelling is how excited my students are about words. They are constantly emailing me things they have discovered, or bringing them up in class. Here are two from this past week.

Oxymoron -- it's a cool word, the kids found it on their own and enjoy coming up with oxymorons of their own. But this week one of the kids looked up its etymology, and found this:

The word 'Oxymoron' is originally derived from the Greek elements: oxy = sharp and moros (moron) = dull (foolish).

In other words, as the student pointed out, <oxymoron> is itself an oxymoron. Nifty, no?

The other student decided to look up something I had said in class way back in September -- that there are only four words in English that end in <-dous>: tremendous, stupendous, horrendous, and hazardous. Not willing to accept that statement (and there's nothing in the world more motivating than proving the teacher wrong!), he did some digging in the OED, and sent me this:

This is a list of the words that end with -dous.  You said that there were only four, but look how many I found! There is some overlap between pages four and five, but there are still a lot of words. Also, these are from the OED. Enjoy!

I wanted to paste the entire list here, but for some reason the pdf he sent is not letting me select the text, so I'll have to attach it here for you to download.