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Word Pairs that Repeat Themselves

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He grew by leaps and bounds. We searched every nook and cranny. You will have to pick and choose. English is replete with redundancies. There is little to no difference between leaping and bounding, nooks and crannies, picking and choosing. Some language purists advocate the elimination of all redundant expressions, but I not only disagree, I think it’s a terrible …

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Descriptive Writing Prompt: Guess Which Zoo Animal?

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A popular descriptive writing assignment for middle-schoolers…

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Just Some Crazy Wordy Stuff

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It’s the weekend. I thought I’d share some thingamajigs I’ve discovered recently. All made me chuckle at least. And all are related to writing and/or grammar. Enjoy!

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Start in the Middle: In Medias Res

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Ancient Greek poets like Homer understood the value of grabbing a reader’s attention. Today’s writers can benefit from the epic convention of starting in medias res.

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Words We Confuse that Spellcheckers Miss, Parts I and J

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The next in an ongoing series of posts on troublesome spelling situations caused by homophones. This article looks at homophones beginning with I and J.

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