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20 More Word Usage Mistakes Even Smart People Make

We’ve covered 20 pitfalls of English before, but there are plenty more to look out for. Here are another 20 word usage mistakes that can trip you …

12 TED Talks That Will Make You Sound Smarter

This playlist of TED talks explores theories and insights about language, words, and linguistics.<p>So many TED talks, so little time. It's impossible to watch them all.<p>If you need help figuring out which ones to watch, you're in luck. TED has curated playlists so you can dig into a particular topic. …

Why the English Language Requires That the Letter ‘Q’ Almost Always Be Followed by the Letter ‘U’

In the latest episode of their continually fascinating and informative etymological whiteboard series for Mental Floss, linguist Arika Okrent and …

13 words to use that will convince anyone you're a Silicon Valley genius

If you want to blend in you better understand what it means to eat dog food (hint, it doesn't actually involve Kibbles 'n Bits). And you'll need to know how to control your burn rate before you pivot.<p>Luckily, Rochelle Kopp and Steven Ganz have created a cheat sheet called "Valley Speak: Deciphering …

15 commonly misused words that make smart people look foolish

But that is OK — they are still learning. And new words are great for a laugh.<p>But you are an adult (even if people tell you that it's OK to express your inner child). And the last thing you want is to sound like a child at the office.<p>But with more than one million English words to choose from, …

Julian Jung: Raising Money And Growing Your Company As A Solo Entrepreneur

I recently spoke to Julian Jung, who is the founder and CEO of Tablelist. Unlike most startups, Jung started his company without a co-founder and was able to raise money and grow his presence in multiple cities. In the following interview, Jung talks about how he came up with the idea for …

Scientists say these 2 'dark' personality traits can help you succeed at work

It's a question that's plagued researchers for years, and unfortunately, there's no clear answer.<p>Now, new research suggests that jerks can sometimes be more successful, depending on the specific traits they display.<p>For the study, cited by the Association for Psychological Science, psychologists at …

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Tips for Retaining Vital Information, from a Memory Champion

My brother has the best memory. He can recall the names of people he’s met only once, even briefly. He never forgets a date or appointment. He …

You Are Not Just Your Brain

For some time now, I've been skeptical about the neuroscience of consciousness. Not so much because I doubt that consciousness is affected by neural states and processes, but because of the persistent tendency on the part of some neuroscientists to think of consciousness itself as a neural …

4 Rituals That Will Make You Happy, According to Neuroscience

You get all kinds of happiness advice on the Internet from people who don’t know what they’re talking about. Don’t trust them.<p>Actually, don’t trust …

16 Common Words and Phrases Even Smart People Get Wrong

How sure are you of using these often mistaken terms correctly?<p>How confident are you in your own vocabulary? Are you certain that every word you use is used correctly? If so, you're highly unusual. Most people get some words wrong at least some of the time, and some words are wrong more often than …

11 Things Smart People Won't Say

These phrases carry special power: They have an uncanny ability to make you look bad even when the words are true.<p>There are some things you simply never want to say at work.<p>There's no taking them back once they slip out, either.<p>I'm not talking about shocking slips of the tongue, off-color jokes, or …

35 Questions That Will Change Your Life

<i>“Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers.”</i> – Voltaire<p><i>“We make our world significant by the courage of our questions and by the depth of our answers.”</i> – Carl Sagan<p><i>“The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.”</i> – Ayn Rand<p>As I turn 35 and think of my life so …

3 Important English Language Learning Apps Are Free Today

August 17, 2015<br>Language learning is one of the key areas exponentially enhanced by the widespread of Internet technologies and mobile connectivity. …

Are YOU A Grammar Nerd? Find Out ...

Many thanks to Grammarly, who have been in touch with this fab infographic, The Anatomy Of A Grammar Nerd. I love it and if anyone says …

Everyday Grammar: When Passive Is Better than Active

Embed<p>Pop-out player<p>This Everyday Grammar is all about the passive voice. The passive is a verb form in which the subject receives the action of the …

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Verb Mistakes #7: Four Irregular Past Participles

It’s difficult to understand how any native English speaker manages to complete eight years of formal education without mastering irregular verb …

Grammar Games: 4 Common Grammar Mistakes

We’ve all made at least one of these four common grammar mistakes, and we can’t seem to shake them. There’s that mental debate we have with …

5 Grammar Hacks for Writers Who Hate Grammar

by Kellie McGannI see this in comments on The Write Practice all the time. “I want to be a writer, but I know nothing about grammar.”dI don’t have a …

Pop culture is your secret trick to learning proper grammar

Now my watch is ended, your watch is ended, his/her/its watch is ended.<p>For everybody who thinks that grammar is boring, Pop Chart Lab has a new …

Language Learning

Everyday Grammar: Words Come and Go in English

For VOA Learning English, this is Everyday Grammar. This week’s Everyday Grammar is by a guest author, David Sullivan. He is Assistant Managing …

New York Mets fans win the World Series … of bad grammar

MLB,US sports,Sport,Baseball,Philadelphia Phillies,Atlanta Braves,Miami Marlins,Washington Nationals,Pittsburgh Pirates,St Louis Cardinals,Houston Astros,Cincinnati Reds,Chicago Cubs,Detroit Tigers,Cleveland Indians,Chicago White Sox,Kansas City Royals,Oakland Athletics,Los Angeles Angels,Texas …

This new site keeps track of failed startups and why they flopped

A new website — Autopsy.io— just launched to keep those failures all together in one neat place, complete with a summary of why each company flopped, in hopes of providing a lesson for others to learn from.<p>In a simple spreadsheet format, the site lists each startup name, its basic idea, the …

Everyday Grammar: Put Prepositions in Their Place

English learners know that prepositions can be difficult to master. There are 94 one-word prepositions in English, and about 56 prepositions with two …

Why You Should Learn English with TV Series

For the majority of exceptionally fluent English speakers I meet, the most fun, enriching, and effective way to learn English is through watching TV …

Just 'Between You & Me,' Here Are Some Handy Grammar Tips

In radio, we don't punctuate — at least, not on the air. Nevertheless, we're honored to meet a woman who is at the pinnacle of punctuation. Mary Norris is a copy editor at <i>The New Yorker</i>, a magazine justly famous for the care it takes with words. The work of very well-known authors has felt the …

17 Awesome Words You May Not Know - Education - Nigeria

<b>Petrichor</b> - You know that smell after the first rains (especially after a long day summer)? That smell is called petrichor. Petri means relating to …