What Is a Proper Adjective?

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You are probably familiar with the distinction between common and proper nouns… But did you know that adjectives can be proper too?

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5 Tips for Creating Memorable Characters

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The most important aspect of a great fictional character is how much the reader cares about him. Some characters are lovable (Wilbur the pig, Bilbo Baggins, Anne Shirley), some are heroic (Odysseus, Paul Bunyan, Superman), some are tragic (Hamlet, Willy Loman, John Henry), and some are just plain evil (Iago, Saruman, The Wicked Witch of the West). The point is, we feel strongly about them one way or another.

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What Does It Mean To Be “Hoist with One’s Own Petard”?

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I read this sentence recently in an editorial on Obamacare: “…Obama then finds himself hoist by his own petard.”

So, what’s a petard and what does it mean to be hoisted by it?

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What Does Auld Lang Syne Mean?

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Here’s a good question to ring in the new year: Should old acquaintance be forgot and never brought to mind? …

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