Social Networking: The Good, the Bad and the Illiterate

Social networking sites have changed the way we communicate to one another as we have been allowed to, in essence, create our own dictionaries. What we write is a personal expression of how we view words and phonetics and sometimes it ends up intelligible, but most of the time we are just taking a shortcut to get out what we want ...

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What is a conjunction? School House Rock Video #7

This School House Rock Video explains conjunctions. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mkO87mkgcNo]

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What does apotheosis mean?

Apotheosis (noun) Exaltation to divine rank or stature; deification. Elevation to a preeminent or transcendent position; glorification: “Many observers have tried to attribute Warhol’s current apotheosis to the subversive power of artistic vision” (Michiko Kakutani). An exalted or glorified example: Their leader was the apotheosis of courage. Word History & Origin 1600s, from L.L. apotheosis “deification,” from Gk. apotheosis, from ...

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What is a preposition? School House Rock Video #6

This grammar rock video explains propositions. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L4jIC5HLBdM]

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What does fortitude mean?

Fortitude for·ti·tude // (fôr’tĭ-tōōd’, -tyōōd’)   n.  Strength of mind that allows one to endure pain or adversity with courage. [Middle English, from Latin fortitūdō, from fortis, strong; see bhergh-2 in Indo-European roots.] for’ti·tu’di·nous (-tōōd’n-əs, -tyōōd’-) adj. Word Origin and History fortitude 1422, from M.Fr. fortitude, from L. fortitudo “strength,” from fortis “strong, brave”.

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What does exemplary mean?

Exemplary ex·em·pla·ry (ĭg-zěm’plə-rē)   adj. Worthy of imitation; commendable: exemplary behavior. Serving as a model. Serving as an illustration; typical. Serving as a warning; admonitory. [From Middle English exaumplarie, exemplere, an exemplar; see exemplar.] ex’em·plar’i·ly (ěg’zəm-plâr’ə-lē) adv., ex·em’pla·ri·ness, ex’em·plar’i·ty (ěg’zəm-plār’ĭ-tē) n. Word Origin and History 1589 (exemplar is attested from 1393), from M.Fr. exemplaire, from L. exemplaris “that serves as ...

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What is an adverb? School House Rock Video #5

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7wnT8iiR8w] This School House Rock Video explains adverbs.

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Can You Read This?

if yuo can raed tihs, you hvae a sgtrane mnid, too. Can you raed tihs? Olny 55 plepoe out of 100 can. i cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid, aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it dseno’t mtaetr in waht oerdr the ltteres in a wrod are, ...

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What is an adjective? School House Rock Video #4

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mYzGLzFuwxI] This School House Rock Video explains adjectives.

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The Comma

The fundamental rule to using the comma is to… Use a comma before a coordinating conjunction joining independent clauses. When a coordinating conjunction connects two or more independent clauses—word groups that could stand alone as separate sentences—a comma must precede it.  There are seven coordinating conjunctions in English: and, but, or, not, for, so, and yet. Ex. Nearly everyone has heard ...

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