mental_floss Blog » Debunking Grammar Myths This week we're joined by a special guest blogger. Patricia T. O'Conner, a former editor at The New York Times Book Review, is the author of the national best-seller Woe Is I: The Grammarphobe's Guide to Better English in Plain English, as well as other books about language. She is a regular monthly guest on public radio station WNYC in New York. When I think about the rules of grammar I sometimes recall the story—and it's a true one—about a lecture given in the 1950s by an eminent British philosopher of language. Don't we all sometimes feel like that voice from the back of the room? English is not so much a human invention as it is a force of nature, one that endures and flourishes despite our best attempts to ruin it. So when you think about the rules of grammar, try to think like that guy in the back of the room, and never be afraid to challenge what seems silly or useless. Myth #1: Don't Split an Infinitive. "Split" all you want, because this old superstition has never been legit.
Handy Latin Phrases 7 Clever Google Tricks Worth Knowing Email Below I have compiled a list of 7 clever Google tricks that I believe everyone should be aware of. Together I think they represent the apex of the grand possibilities associated with Google search manipulation tricks and hacks. 1. 2. 3. You’re connecting to a public network at a coffee shop or internet café and you want privacy while you browse the web. There are subscription services and applications available such as TOR and paid VPN servers that do the same thing. 4. 5. 6. 7. Bonus Material: Here is a list of my favorite Google advanced search operators, operator combinations, and related uses: Want more info on Google Hacking? If you enjoyed this article, check out our new best-selling book. And get inspiring life tips and quotes in your inbox (it's free)...
First Grade Technology Lessons K-5 Computer Lab First Grade technology lessons to learn to type, write letters, use a media player, paint, animate and more. First Grade technology lessons emphasize a strong focus on typing and word processing throughout the year. First graders will also expand their skills with an introduction to PowerPoint, explore their creativity with the KidPix paint program, graduate to a touch typing program, learn to use the media player and web browser, and learn to use Pivot stick figure animation program. First Graders will also use the iPad to explore a variety of learning apps. Technology Programs First Graders Use: First Grade Technology Lesson Schedule: Late August - Early September Introduction - Rules of the Computer Lab - Computer Parts Names (1 session) Introduction to the computer lab teacher, discuss what we will do in the lab. October Jumpstart First Grade Introduction (1-2 sessions) Use of this program is ongoing and review is given as needed. Introduce Jumpstart First Grade. October - November December
World Wide Words The Subordinate Clause Printer Fabulous! Recognize a subordinate clause when you see one. A subordinate clause—also called a dependent clause—will begin with a subordinate conjunction or a relative pronoun and will contain both a subject and a verb. This combination of words will not form a complete sentence. It will instead make a reader want additional information to finish the thought. Here is a list of subordinate conjunctions: Here are your relative pronouns: Now take a look at these examples: After Amy sneezed all over the tuna salad After = subordinate conjunction; Amy = subject; sneezed = verb. Remember this important point: A subordinate clause cannot stand alone as a sentence because it does not provide a complete thought. After Amy sneezed all over the tuna salad. Correctly attach a subordinate clause to a main clause. When you attach a subordinate clause in front of a main clause, use a comma, like this: Subordinate Clause + , + Main Clause. Main Clause + Ø + Subordinate Clause. Rhonda gasped.
10 Latin Phrases You Pretend to Understand Our 8th annual ‘10 Issue’ is on newsstands now. This week, we’ll be highlighting some of our favorite lists from past installments. The following article comes from the 4th annual edition. If it puts you in a subscribing mood, here are the details. (Or consider our subscription + mental_floss t-shirt deal for just a few dollars more.) By Kevin Fleming Whether you’re deciphering a cryptic state seal or trying to impress your Catholic in-laws, knowing some Latin has its advantages. 1. Before money-back guarantees and 20-year warranties, caveat emptor was indispensable advice for the consumer. 2. Remember your old college buddy, the one everybody called Chugger? 3. When you wake up in the New Orleans Parish Prison after a foggy night at Mardi Gras, remember this one. 4. When all those spirited mental wrestling matches you have about existentialism start growing old (yeah, right!) 5. 6. 7. 8. Ad majorem dei gloriam is often shortened to AMDG. 9. Carpe diem is so 20th century. 10.
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