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Clipped Words

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Maybe it’s a sign that English speakers and writers are lazy, but we have a historic tendency to shorten long words. It tends to start in informal, spoken settings, but eventually the clipped forms make their way into formal, published writing. That’s when the purists object. But nobody really minds the purists. Eventually, the clipped form becomes preferred and we …

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Grammar Rock: Adjectives

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Another classic from the 1970′s Grammar Rock series. This one’s on adjectives.

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Mark Twain on Writing: Graphic Quotes

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Mark Twain was a prolific dispenser of wit, wisdom, and sarcasm. This post contains some choice Twainisms on writing.

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The Structure of a Good Paper

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When we refer to the structure of a paper, we mean the way the paper is organized. Well-structured papers take the time to creatively introduce the subject matter, present the content in a clear and logical order, and conclude by reinforcing the main idea and providing a sense of closure.

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A Poem You Won’t Never Forget

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A narrative poem on love, grammar, and the dangers of the double negative.

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