Monthly Archive for: ‘July, 2013’

Back Yard, Backyard, or Back-Yard?


Which is correct? Backyard, back yard, or back-yard?

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In Defense of the Adverb


A common error among young writers is to heap on the adjectives and adverbs, while more experienced writers prefer to concentrate on nouns and verbs, using modifiers selectively. Mark Twain famously hyperbolized: “When you catch an adjective, kill it.” But let’s be reasonable.

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Teaching Tip: 3 Rules for Creating Effective Writing Assignments


One of the toughest tasks of the writing teacher is coming up with assignments that challenge students without frustrating or boring them. I’m often asked if in our WriteAtHome courses we “tell students what to write,” or if we “give them the topic.” Here’s how I answer that.

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Aesthetic or Ascetic


Two words that are easy to confuse: aesthetic and ascetic

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77 Latin Words, Abbreviations, and Expressions That You Should Know


No one speaks Latin anymore, but English is replete with Latin words and phrases. Here’s a list of 77 Latin words, abbreviations, and expressions you should know.

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