“Don’t be editing quotes!”

Formal writing insists upon proper grammar and syntax; however, when quoting someone remember the rule: Thou shall not edit quotes According to Washington Post’s business chief copy editor, Bill Walsh, “a reader should be able to watch a TV interview and read the same interview in the newspaper and not notice the discrepancies in word choice.” My roommate showed me a ...

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Increase Your Word Power #1

BELL comes from the Latin word meaning “war.” Bellona was the little-known Roman goddess of war; her husband, Mars, was the god of war. Antebellum – existing before a war, specially before the American Civil War (1861-65). (When World War I was over, the French nobility found it impossible to return to their extravagant antebellum way of life.) Bellicose – ...

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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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