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Episode 37 | Toot Your Own Horn: Etymology Rules Spotlight


Watch as Mario and Twenty are joined by teacher, and author of Etymolgy Rules Brittany Selah to discuss the meaning and origin of (Don't) Toot Your Own Horn. Brittany is a fellow lover of language and shares her passion of the words, meanings, and origins with us. She discusses the importance of uplifting her students, people of color and herself through education and knowledge. By the end of the show, we all may have something to toot our horns about.

EtymologyRules is an educational program Brittany created to equip people worldwide with the knowledge and power of words, as word knowledge is key to developing strong communication skills. EtymologyRules’ first book, Back to Basics, is a workbook with content and exercises to strengthen the readers’ English orthography (the study of a language's writing system) and vocabulary. Readers of Back to Basics will gain knowledge to aptly analyze and interpret the written word.

WIN TV - Brittany Selah Lee Bey, EtymologyRules


The Washington Informer is committed to covering positive about the Black community in the greater Washington metropolitan area. An African American and woman-owned newspaper founded on October 16, 1964, by the late Dr. Calvin W. Rolark, The Washington Informer covers a broad range of topics including politics, education, business, health, finance, religion, sports, national and international affairs, concerns of the elderly, and so much more. In March 2020, WIN-TV, a weekly public affairs digital broadcast, was launched to amplify the voices and the issues covered in The Washington Informer.

Op-Ed: What Will It Take to Get More People Reading in This Country?


With 130 million adults in the U.S. struggling to read and more than half of Americans between the ages of 16 and 74 (54%) reading below the equivalent of a sixth-grade level, it’s clear that if we’re ever going to get more people reading in this country, we need a different approach that can turn these numbers around.

The Baltimore Times Newspaper podcast, the Indie Soul Magazine podcast and the MySoulRadio: Interview with EtymologyRules Author Brittany Selah Lee-Bey

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A young woman (Brittany Selah Lee-Bey) in the DMV is proving how the origin and meaning of words is breaking down barriers for people who struggle to read.

Did you know that roughly 130 million Americans can’t read above a sixth-grade level? And that when it comes to our youth, the percentage of fourth graders who read below proficiency levels is 77 percent in D.C., 57 percent in Virginia and 55 percent in Maryland?

Low literacy is a serious situation in our country. When people struggle with literacy, they often have low self-esteem, feel ashamed and powerless, and find themselves unable to fully participate in society. They also may experience fewer employment opportunities and lower incomes, which can lead to welfare dependency and crime.

WEAA Radio's "Two Way Talk" Segment with Brittany Selah Lee-Bey


Educator pushes for effective literacy in underserved communities

‘EtymologyRules: Back to Basics’ helps learners improve literacy skills by teaching the origin and history of words


By Megan Sayles, AFRO Business Writer, Report for America Corps Member, According to data from the U.S. Department of Education, 54 percent of adults, nearly 130 million people, aged 16 to 74 lack literacy proficiency, reading below the equivalent of a sixth-grade level.



Lee-Bay breaks down the study of the English language in this interactive and instructive book through word study and practice, helping readers become experts at breaking down what a word is comprised of to help understand its use.