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Esperanto is a language that was invented by a medical doctor in the 1880s, who desired to create a universal language to promote world peace.
In school, students are told to use complex vocabulary, but in reality, many writers try to use simple words, like Ernest Hemingway. What other things are kids told about writing that contradict real life?
Storytelling is about transporting a person to another world. That's why showing, not telling, makes better stories.
Many people have heard the (re)phrase, "don't just do something, stand there!" But isn't "standing there" doing something?
We all have days where we just forget words, right when we need them. Isn't that annoying?
We use colloquialisms all the time, but how many of them actually make sense?
Every year, thousands upon thousands of students have to take poetry tests. Is there a secret to understanding them all?
The short answer? Well, yes, they do. The long answer? Well, not really. No, not at all.
Many people use thesauri to "buff" their writing, or to learn new and fancy words. But is that really a good idea, and does it really work out?