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The Seven Types of Poetry

The simplest but least useful way to think of poetry is as two types: good or bad. Yet for those willing to look deeper, there is much to be gained from attempting to understand and appreciate the wide and varied landscape of contemporary poetry.<p>One of the mistakes of the beginning poet is to …

Creative Writing

Differences Between American and British English

Door sneck.<p><b>Differences Between American and British English</b><p>Kenneth Beare,<p>While there are certainly many more varieties of English, American English …

Know your English — May 31, 2015

<b>What is the meaning and origin of ‘go/come under the hammer’?</b><p>(S Dongre, Bangalore)<p>The expression is mostly used to refer to objects that are on sale …

More English words sneak into French

Good news for French-language learners - you'll soon be officially permitted to use a bunch of familiar words while speaking French.<p>France’s two main …

14 Untranslatable Words Turned Into Charming Illustrations

The English language contains one million, twenty five thousand, one hundred and nine words. Even so, there are certain words that don’t exist in …

14 Weird Words That Literally Contradict Themselves

Words. Words. Words. Millions of them. Delightful little toys for wordsmiths like me. I particularly enjoy special categories of words which have something in common, e. g. Contronyms. Every schoolboy and schoolgirl knows synonyms and antonyms, but what are contronyms?<p>Contronyms are words (or …

32 Of The Most Beautiful Words In The English Language

Entirely eloquent, and yet utterly ineffable.<p>Plus, many words in use in the English language were borrowed from other languages. They still count as being part of the English language...

16 ’90s Phrases That Need To Be Resurrected, Stat

word<p><b>[wurd]</b> | interjection<p>1. An alternative to “okay”; a response used when an interaction warrants a response, but you literally have nothing to say.</i> …

Student Journalism

Create A Plot Outline In 8 Easy Steps

How To Create A Plot Outline<br>In 8 Easy Steps*<p>By Glen C. Strathy<p>How would you like to create a plot outline for your novel in less than an hour that is …

Musings on Genres, Shame, and Why Can’t We All Just Get Along?

I don’t tell my ‘academic’ colleagues that I write fiction. I don’t talk much about my non-fiction writing to my fiction-writing community. I LOVE …

Definition of VOX

<i>vox populi</i> was our Word of the Day on 02/18/2015. Hear the podcast!<p>Theme music by Joshua Stamper ©2006 New Jerusalem Music/ASCAP<p>Get Word of the Day …

10 Ancient Words We'll Probably Never Translate

A <i>hapax legomenon</i> is a word or phase that is unique. It appears only one time in an entire body of text. <i>Hapax legomena</i> can occur either in a single …

Accidence Will Happen: the Non-Pedantic Guide to English Usage by Oliver Kamm, review: 'full of ironies'

English language sticklers should relax and give our language the freedom it needs to flourish<p>What’s more aggravating for you: to hear someone say “aggravating” when they mean “irritating”, or to be told that you meant “irritating” when you said “aggravating”? If you’re among the latter, Oliver …