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People Is” vs “People Are”

Let’s begin with the most simplistic statement: “People are…” is correct. “People is…” is not correct.Well, wait a minute!• Does that mean that the word “people” is a singular noun or a plural noun? • And how is it use...

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1 year ago

Coffeehouse Language: Vocabulary for a Great Cup of Coffee

Did you know that coffee grows on trees?The goal of this article is to clarify and organize some basic concepts relating to coffee and its consumption.We will first describe the process used to bring coffee to you, from tree to table. We will th...

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1 year ago

Compared To vs Compared With: What is the Difference?

The phrases “compared to” and “compared with” are used interchangeably and are usually assumed to have the same meaning. But do they?  In this article, we will take a closer look at the verb “compare” when it is coupled with the...

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1 year ago

Backup and Back up? What’s the Difference?

We all use the word Backup. Or is it Back Up? ·       Are they identical, both equally right and acceptable? ·       Is one spelled correctly and the other simply wrong? ·       Do they...

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1 year ago

Common Yiddish Idioms in English

Did you know that the word “bagel” is taken from Yiddish?How about the origin of the word “glitch”? Did you ever use the word “schlep”?  Also from Yiddish!Continue reading to learn about Common Yiddish Idioms in English:&nb...

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1 year ago

6 American Football Expressions

Many expressions from American football have made their way into our everyday speech and we use football expressions without even realizing that we are echoing the language of the football stadium.This article defines 6 American Football Expressions,...

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1 year ago

Idolatry vs. Idiolatry vs. Ideology: What’s the Difference

Idolatry, idiolatry, ideology. These three words look somewhat the same. They sound somewhat the same. Do you think that these three words are similar in their meaning, as well?Continue reading to learn the definition of these words and how...

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1 year ago

Fake News: How to Check Your Facts

Fake news is essentially false information that is presented as true and appears at first glance to be from a trustworthy source. But don’t believe all that you read.In this article, we will define the term fake news and discuss the importance...

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1 year ago

Artisan vs. Artesian: What is the Difference?

Do you think the words “artisan” and “artesian” belong to new-age, eco-friendly lingo?Do these two words mean the same thing?Are they pronounced differently, or do they sound the same?In this article, I will define these two words, ...

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1 year ago

More So Vs. Moreso: Which is the Correct Spelling?

More so and moreso mean the same the thing. But which spelling should we use? Here is the simple answer: The two-word phrase, more so, is the official spelling and, as such, it is considered the correct spelling. The one-word phrase, m...

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1 year ago

Regard vs. Regards: Which is Correct?

Do we say, “in regard to” or “in regards to”?Do I “send you my regard” or “send you my regards”?Do you end your correspondence “with best regard” or “with best regards”?"Regard" or "regards." How do we know which one to use?In...

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1 year ago

Bait vs. Bate: Do You Know the Difference?

You know the expression, “…with bated/baited breath…” What do you think? Is it spelled "bait” or “bate”? Are you sure?The words “bait” and “bate” are homophones, which means they are pronounced the same, but their spelling ...

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1 year ago

Today’s Slang: 15 Traditional Words That Have New Meanings

Slang is often invented and used by the youth of each generation. These new words, or new ways of using existing words, provide the young with a way of defining their identity, separate from their parents and from the adults of their time. When using...

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1 year ago

Curmudgeon or Smart Aleck: Which Would You Rather Be?

Would you rather be a “curmudgeon” or a “smart aleck”?  Although these words are usually used in a negative context, they can both be given a positive slant, as well.  In this article, we will discuss the word “curmudgeo...

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1 year ago

Media Literacy for Parents of School-Age Children

Children are being brainwashed daily by the media. And so are we. Your school-age children have grown up in a world influenced by media, and they intuitively understand the nuances in a way that older generations generally do not. Assume th...

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1 year ago

What Is an Archetype?

We use the word “archetype” in our daily language to refer to a prototype or a perfect model for something. For example, we might say: “She is the archetype of a successful teacher.” Archetypes exist at the micro as well as the macr...

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1 year ago

Hypothesis vs. Prediction

In our daily life, we are constantly using hypotheses and predictions to make logical, factual decisions. Although both Hypotheses and Predictions are types of guesses, in what ways are they different?What Is a Hypothesis?A hypothesis is a guess...

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1 year ago

Gaslighting and The Metaverse: 2 Popular Words

In today’s article, I have described Gaslighting and The Metaverse: 2 Popular Words.  Although not new, these two words have increased in popularity in the last few years. Continue reading to learn what they mean."Gaslighting"- What is it...

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1 year ago

Fahrenheit vs. Celsius

The Fahrenheit Temperature Scale and the Celsius Temperature Scale are both systems which measure weather temperatures. • What is the history of these two systems?• What are the differences between these two systems? ...

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1 year ago

Tautology: Definition and Best Examples

Are you redundant when you write?The word tautology refers to a phrase in which the same meaning is expressed twice. The word comes from the Greek “tauto” meaning “same” and “logy" meaning “logic.” The use of tautology in your...

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1 year ago

4 of the World's Oldest Languages

What do the Lithuanian language, the Tamil language, the Hebrew language, and the language of Farsi have in common? They are 4 of the World's Oldest Languages!Let’s Consider the Life of a LanguageFor about 10,000 years, humans have been c...

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1 year ago

3 Online Words Of The Year: Catphishing, Ghosting, Doxing

What Are Catphishing, Ghosting, and Doxing?The Internet provides us with an unparalleled amount of information and opportunities. Hand in hand with digital technologies are new dangers, and there is new vocabulary that has been invented to describe t...

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1 year ago

Suppression vs. Repression

“Suppression” and “Repression” are two terms that are often used (and confused) in daily language. • Do you know the difference between “suppression” and “repression?” • Do you use these two words correctly? To unde...

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1 year ago

5 of the World’s Newest Languages

In this article, we will be looking at five of the world’s newest languages. The formation of a language is a slow-moving, living process that is influenced by many factors. Historically, trade and exploration were the primary catalysts f...

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1 year ago

Tips for Learning a Foreign Language

Learning a foreign language can be challenging, especially for an adult. It takes motivation, energy, and perseverance. In this article, I will share some tips about activities and attitudes that will help you succeed in learning a foreign langu...

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1 year ago

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    • A. He traveled beneath the mountains.
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