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A Museum for Lovers of Words? This I’ve Got to See!

A new museum (yes, another one) is coming to Washington, D.C. and will open December 2019. It promises to immerse visitors in the wonders and rewards of words and language arts. It’s called Planet Word. And, its mission is to … Continue reading

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Are Writers Who Use Abbreviations Just Lazy?

  An abbreviation is a shortened form of a word or phrase. An acronym is one type of abbreviation that uses the initial letters of a group of words. Abbreviations and acronyms have been used ever since man started writing, … Continue reading

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Oral or Verbal: What’s the Difference?

  Today, I was working on editing a script and came across the use of oral. I pondered whether it would have been more appropriate to use verbal. After some investigation, I concluded that they may be used interchangeably. English is defined by … Continue reading

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Janus words: Two-faced creatures

A recent Merriam-Webster blog sheds light on one of the many ironies of the English language. The phenomenon of Janus words. According to Wikipedia, Janus is the god of beginnings, gates, transitions, time, duality, doorways, passages, and endings. He has … Continue reading

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Consider This Before You Write or Text

it’s or its? If it is a contraction of it is, then it should be it’s. So: It’s time for us to get a new bell.   If it is the possessive (a pronoun that indicates that something belongs), then … Continue reading

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Time for a poetic interlude

Daydreaming Shoes I brought some tomatoes to market To sell for a dollar or two I’m trying to raise enough money To buy me some magical shoes   The shoes are encrusted with diamonds And fitted with drones in the … Continue reading

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What good is an abstract, anyway?

First of all, an abstract is a preview of your research findings. It summarizes your work in a page or less, giving the reader enough information to decide whether they want to read more about it or pass. As such … Continue reading

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