Tag: English

Books and a Lamp

5 of the most unexpectedly evil characters from literature

Not all villains are simply black and white, and in fact, many of the worst villains seem innocuous at first glance. But among those, who are the worst?

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Notebook and Books

How writing advice in school often doesn’t apply to writing in real life

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?

Drink, Kindle and Notebook

How doing nothing, really, is actually doing something

Many people have heard the (re)phrase, “don’t just do something, stand there!” But isn’t “standing there” doing something?

Thoughts on language: forgetting words

We all have days where we just forget words, right when we need them. Isn’t that annoying?

Notebook and Books

The secret to understanding poetry

Every year, thousands upon thousands of students have to take poetry tests. Is there a secret to understanding them all?

A person writing with a cup in the background

Why you shouldn’t use a thesaurus at every chance you get

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?

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10 words you probably didn’t know used to be two words

Everyone knows words like chillax came about from joining chill and relax. But did you know that words like electrocute came from electric and execute?

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11 words you’ve probably forgotten were acronyms

These days, we have lame acronyms like LOL and YOLO. But did you know that words like scuba used to be acronyms too?

Stacked Letters

6 words you’ve probably forgotten were short forms

In the age of tweets and Snapchat, words like napkins have become naps and words like delicious, delish. But what words were shortened before social media came along?

Opened Books

8 words that show how confusing English spellings are

From rationalize to rationalise and colour to color, spelling in such a way to please everyone is as easy as herding cats.