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Affect vs Effect & 34 Other Common Confusions

There are many writing mistakes that will make your email, letter, or report look unprofessional. These commonly confused words are some of them. …

Creative Writing

51 words you should know how to pronounce

Fred Astaire drew laughs back in the 1930s with his song "Let's Call the Whole Thing Off" in which the lovers can't agree on the pronunciation of …

35 books everyone should read at least once in their lifetime

Whether they're written for children, sci-fi lovers, mathematicians, or fiction aficionados, certain stories transcend their genre and should be read by everyone.<p>In a Reddit thread, users were asked what is a book that everyone needs to read at least once in their life?<p>So in honor of World Book …

Literature

100 Beautiful Words From The English Language That You Need To Use More

For those learning, trying to master the intricacies of the English Language can often pose more than few hurdles. For starters there are many words …

Language Learning

39 Commonly Misused Words and How to Use Them Correctly

Where the mechanics of writing are concerned, I’m far from perfect. One example: I always struggle with <i>who</i> and <i>whom.</i> (Sometimes I’ll even rewrite a …

16 Punctuation Mistakes That Can Make You Look Really Bad

Words and grammar are important. But punctuation--that's where the nitpickers are gathered and ready to ambush you.<p>Your words are your most powerful weapons, and yet it's easy to undermine yourself in written communication by violating some very simple rules of punctuation.<p>Before I dive deeper into …

Susan Sontag on Storytelling, What It Means to Be a Moral Human Being, and Her Piercing Advice to Writers

“Love words, agonize over sentences. And pay attention to the world.”<p><b>Susan Sontag</b> (January 16, 1933–December 28, 2004) spent a lifetime contemplating the role of writing in both the inner world of the writer and outer universe of readers, which we call culture — from her prolific essays and talks …

Literature

Semicolons: How To Use Them, And Why You Should

Does the semicolon really need a defense? The punctuation mark has seemingly won more earnest supporters than snide detractors over the years, even as its use has plummeted. In 2012, Ben Dolnick wrote eloquently of his “love story” with semicolons in The New York Times' Draft blog. In 2008, the …

Love Stories

Mind your language! Swearing around the world

Strong language is common to most cultures, but what makes a word profane, and how does cursing vary from place to place? James Harbeck explains.<p><b>Warning: This article contains very strong language that may offend some readers.</b><p>Devil! Cancer-sufferer! Chalice of tabernacle!<p>The reason I can say this …

10 Words You Should Never Use to Describe Yourself

Unless, of course, you're a little too full of yourself.<p>Consider the word "charismatic." If someone called me charismatic, I will be incredibly flattered (and hugely surprised). But if I call <i>myself</i> charismatic, you will think I'm a jerk--and rightly so.<p>Here are 10 more words that are awesome when …