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Oops! 7 Awkward (But Common) Grammar Mistakes

Oops! 7 Awkward (But Common) Grammar Mistakes | New Words | Scoop.it
Check out some common grammar mistakes digital marketers are guilty of making.
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Here are some useful pointers on the correct use of punctuation. It is worth reading if you have something that absolutely has to be correct in every detail...

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More than One Kind of Irony

More than One Kind of Irony | New Words | Scoop.it
Irony and its adjective ironic have joined the class of carelessly used words–like literally and awesome–that drive many language lovers wild.
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I heard someone say the other day: "Oh yes, irony is the opposite of wrinkly, right?" Find out how, here...

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Animal Adjectives

Animal Adjectives | New Words | Scoop.it
Most writers are familiar with the animal adjectives canine and feline used to refer to dogs and cats, but they may not be aware of numerous others they could use in writing about both animals and people.
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Unlike the people from a certain country in  North-West Europe, who seem not to care less about animals, they are known and loved all over the world. Also, they provide the normality that is often desperately needed in certain human situations.

 

Therefore, it makes sense that the addition of animal adjectives really helps to ground English language in normality as well as be the phrase or descriptive passage one might be seeking to describe a very human situation!

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Round vs. Around

Round vs. Around | New Words | Scoop.it
One of the differences between American and British English is the usage of the words round and around. Americans use around in contexts in which most British speakers prefer round.
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And there really are many differences, too numerous to mention, particularly when people get around things, like a car for example: canopy, hood, trunk equal roof, bonnet and boot in British English. Another thing Brits do is add an "s" or an "st" to things: "while" becomes "whilst", "toward" becomes "towards" and "backward" becomes "backwards!"

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Quote vs. Quotation, Invite vs. Invitation

Quote vs. Quotation, Invite vs. Invitation | New Words | Scoop.it
One of my college professors insisted that quote is a verb and quotation is a noun and never the twain shall meet.
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Well, so the question that is out there is: "the word 'quote' - is it a noun?"

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How to Use Close Third-Person To Get Closer to Your Characters

How to Use Close Third-Person To Get Closer to Your Characters | New Words | Scoop.it
Close Third-Person is important tool to have in your kit. This is a chance for the reader to become intimate with the characters. And if done correctly, you can enter the natural vernacular seamlessly.
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This applies to any form of writing. Although this was written mainly for authors of fiction, it counts for descriptive prose that tells a vital story. People use story-telling in commercial content-writing for the Web. But the most successful story-telling comes when the readers can't put the material down because of their engagement!

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KindredReaders's curator insight, January 20, 12:50 PM

I love this example:, from John Gardner's The Art of Fiction:

 

It was winter of 1853. A large man stepped out of a doorway.Henry J. Warburton had never much cared for snowstorms.Henry hated snowstorms.God how he hated these damn snowstorms.Snow. Under your collar, down inside your shoes, freezing, and plugging up your miserable soul.
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The Future of Search May Not Be About Google: It's You In The End Who Will Decide

The Future of Search May Not Be About Google: It's You In The End Who Will Decide | New Words | Scoop.it
There is a evil side of Google which revealed itself in the Filter Bubble, invasion of privacy, the lack of transparency, in the monopoly induction of behavior and especially in what is happening in the search environment.

Via Robin Good
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The insight in this scoop is worth sharing because it affects our every lives! I respect Robin Good's shrewd and considered perception of our world as it has come to be now.

Mille grazie, Robin! La vostra percezione sarà la nostra salvezza, in molti modi!

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Stephen Dale's curator insight, January 13, 5:58 AM

People who use Google are given the impression that they are interacting with the data out there, but they are actually interacting with Google and its view of the world.

 

"They are prediction engines that constantly refine a theory about who you are and what you are going to do or want next. Together, they create an universe of data for each one of us."

"In a 2010 paper published in the Scientific American journal, Tim Berners-Lee warned about companies developing ever more “closed” products and “data islands”.

"Morville, in his book Search Patterns, says that the first and second results receive 80% of attention. The vertical approach suggests to the user the idea of a single result that fully answers the question, enclosing possibilities and preventing alternative realization."


Or in other words, is our acceptance of what we see in search results eroding our ability (or willingness) to consider alternatives and employ critical thinking?

Lucy Beaton's curator insight, January 16, 8:21 PM

This is alarming.  We, as Teacher Librarians, need to be aware of the ramifications of this.

Mrs. Dilling's curator insight, February 13, 11:52 AM

My favorite statement, "we must always be aware and well informed about the intentions of companies, and never stop having multiple options for any service."

 

This article was an eye opener for me. I had never questioned Google before.

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3 Dialogue Terms You Probably Didn’t Know (but Should!)

3 Dialogue Terms You Probably Didn’t Know (but Should!) | New Words | Scoop.it
With 2014 on the other side of the sunset, I wanted to write something relevant to the changing of time, the promise of a new year, the symbolism of a new year meaning a new start.
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Liz Bureman picks out three common terms in writing (and speaking it seems!) that we should all know about and which are the source of humor and color in our written (and spoken) heritage...

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Bootstraps and Bootstrapping

Bootstraps and Bootstrapping | New Words | Scoop.it
In the literal sense, bootstrap is a loop attached at the top back of a boot to make it easier for the wearer to pull on the boot--if, that is, he is sitting down.
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or  SHE is going to sit in her saddle...!

The modern jargon form of this word comes from the early days of Silicon Valley. When a computer "boots" it is doing its own boot-strapping routine and a beep is heard to come from the onboard speaker... This, like a lot of other terminology, is Xerox Corporation canteen-speak, where other terms like "pop" and "push" were all derived from getting lunch trays out of a spring-loaded dispenser...

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The Magic of Grammar

The Magic of Grammar | New Words | Scoop.it
Glamor/Glamour: a magical or fictitious beauty attaching to any person or object; a delusive or alluring charm. Outside a rarified environment like an online site frequented by people who find it fascinating, what could have less glamor than grammar?
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Writing is magic. This just adds a further dimension.

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Google N-gram Viewer

Google N-gram Viewer | New Words | Scoop.it
I’ve just discovered an online time suck that is not only addictive to the language lover, but a source of writerly ideas. It’s the Google N-gram Viewer.
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Interesting...!

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Sit vs. Set

Sit vs. Set | New Words | Scoop.it
Like many of our shortest English words, sit and set have lengthy entries in the Oxford English Dictionary. Some of the definitions overlap. Some are interchangeable.
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Sit and contemplate on this, at least while the sun sets... So similar, but the difference is subtle and remarkable.

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Here's How I Wrote This 1,000-Word Blog Post in 10 Minutes

Here's How I Wrote This 1,000-Word Blog Post in 10 Minutes | New Words | Scoop.it
Want to write blog posts quickly? Here's a way you can "write" 1,000-word blog posts in record time.
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It depends on which English "language" you speak, actually... But don't let this deter you. I zip along at 110-130 words a minute using, not Evernote, but Nuance's Dragon, Naturally Speaking v 12.5...

It understands my British American flavor of accent and I find it really indispensible...

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45 ways to avoid using the word 'very'

45 ways to avoid using the word 'very' | New Words | Scoop.it

Via mooderino, Laura Brown
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This makes the writing business very easy indeed...! How many times have you been caught when you can't find the right word for it...?

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Annie Edmonds Skerchek's curator insight, April 7, 2:20 AM

Useful words to use instead of very...

Laurie DesAutels's curator insight, April 8, 5:37 PM

Helpful tips to avoid using the word 'very'

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70 useful sentences for academic writing

70 useful sentences for academic writing | New Words | Scoop.it
This post contains a random collection of 70 sentence stems you can use in your academic writing.
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So, you want to write an academic paper? And you are stuck for ways to express yourself in an academic way? Use this simple guide.

Also, use the "verb cheat sheet" to further embellish your work at https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&pid=sites&srcid=ZGVmYXVsdGRvbWFpbnx0d2JsYWNrbGluZW1hc3RlcnN8Z3g6MTUxZTVhZTc2OTg3MWNkYQ

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Synesthesia In Literature: Definition and Examples

Synesthesia In Literature: Definition and Examples | New Words | Scoop.it

 next is A couple of my friends are synesthetes, which means that they experience reactions from more than one sense from the same stimulus. For example, letters and numbers might have colors, or names might have a flavor. I remember one saying that lockers tasted like chicken nuggets. Of course, she hadn't actually licked the lockers, and I guarantee that they wouldn't taste like fried chicken.

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I am doing this all day long... I love words that jump out at me like "razzmatazz", "bickering" or "ebullient".

What happens next is nothing short of alliteration: "The rich razzmatazz ran around the rascal rookie as he reached for his rubber ricocheting bullets..."

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100 Books Everyone Should Read Before They Die

100 Books Everyone Should Read Before They Die | New Words | Scoop.it
Amazon's list of the fiction, nonfiction, children's, young adult, and best selling books everyone should read at least once.
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A really great list of the world's best books in the English language...

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Lynnette Van Dyke's curator insight, February 6, 8:21 PM

(Old list to refer to when planning instruction.

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Got Writer's Block? 7 Tips and Tricks to Make Writing Easier

Got Writer's Block? 7 Tips and Tricks to Make Writing Easier | New Words | Scoop.it
Having trouble sitting down to write your next blog post or ebook? Break through writer's block with these tips.
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Useful tips from the major authority on SEO and backlinks!

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Bigot, The All-Purpose Insult

Bigot, The All-Purpose Insult | New Words | Scoop.it
Bigot, a word usually associated with religion, has expanded its meaning considerably. Its original sense was “a person who shows excessive religious zeal, a religious hypocrite.” Here are some (unedited) examples of its current use.
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This is a rare word to use in today's highly communicating society, where everything anyone does is inspected down to the last detail...

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Has vs. Had

Has vs. Had | New Words | Scoop.it
I received this note from a reader: My friends and I consider ourselves to be pretty good English speakers. But, when and where to use has and had has us beat. Can you assist?
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If you don't take the opportunity, you just might think you are being "had"...

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Compel, Impel, and Propel

Compel, Impel, and Propel | New Words | Scoop.it
Would you explain the differences among compel, impel, and propel.
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I can only dispel what I repel or expel, explaining the differences between these words... or words to that effect...

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Word finder - FindMeWords

Word finder - FindMeWords | New Words | Scoop.it
Form words from letters with the biggest Internet dictionary. Find the word you need for any crossword game.
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Here is a really fun way to get those letters for your favorite board games... Use it on the QT to get the best SEO...

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Lazy Word Choice

Lazy Word Choice | New Words | Scoop.it
Thanks to today’s instant communication, words used by one blogger or celebrity catch on at an astounding rate, spilling over into advertising, entertainment, and website comments.
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Be lazy - pay the consequences!

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Blurb - Make your own book. Make it great

Blurb - Make your own book. Make it great | New Words | Scoop.it
Blurb's free, easy-to-use book-making tools let you design, publish, promote, and sell your own bookstore-quality books. Unleash your creative genius, make a book with Blurb, and be part of the Blurb community.
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This is a wonderful new resource that takes the headaches out of book-publishing. There is a Lightroom and InDesign plugin that enables professional work to be done easily...

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Charles Lipshay's curator insight, November 9, 2013 4:02 PM

I know you, you know me, we all know each other!

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Outlining Your Novel: Create a Roadmap to Storytelling Success | WritersDigestShop

Outlining Your Novel: Create a Roadmap to Storytelling Success | WritersDigestShop | New Words | Scoop.it
Register today to attend this live webinar!Live Webinar Date: Thursday, November 7, 2013Start Time: 1:00 p.m. EDT Length: 90 minutes
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KM Weiland has produced another great do-it-yourself writing Webinar, well worth attending... something really great for writers who need to get a handle on writing a novel fast by a professional who knows...

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