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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?
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?
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?
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?
These days, we have lame acronyms like LOL and YOLO. But did you know that words like scuba used to be acronyms too?
We all know the phrase, but does it really apply these days with Snapchat and Instagram around?
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?