The Shapiro Files

Friday, October 30, 2009

Spelling Pet Peeve of the Day

The culprit: Spelling an exclamation of glee as "Yeah!" when it should be spelled as "Yay!"

I understand why people frequently make this mistake since the word "yay" just sort of looks wrong. But it's not. Really.

Just keep in mind that the word "Yeah" is an informal form of "Yes"--you know, as in the Beatles song "She loves you, yeah yeah yeah!"

"Yay," on the other hand, is a variant of "hooray" and shares the same vowel sound as the second syllable of that word. So when you want to express this exclamation in writing, think "Hooray!" and you'll remember it's spelled "Yay!"

By the way, I'm glad to know that this isn't just my pet peeve. Random House has got my back.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

More Photos

I've once again managed to work through our photo backlog and am pleased to share our latest online photo album:

Melody & Julianne: July - September 2009

Photos include Julianne's first day of preschool, Melody's return to dance class, and a seemingly endless run of events celebrating Melody's fourth birthday. Enjoy!

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

New Photos Aplenty

Always running behind by several months, I've finally managed to make a healthy dent in my monstrous backlog of photos. Check out the newest two photo albums posted to my website:

Melody & Julianne: April - June 2009
Disneyland Adventure: August 2009

Photos include Melody's first dance recital, a visit from my mother and my brother's family for Passover, and the kids' first visit to The Happiest Place on Earth. Enjoy!