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Careful, writers! 10 common words with opposite meanings

Careful, writers! 10 common words with opposite meanings
The English language is full of words with uncommon properties. There are backronyms, metaplasms, and neologisms. My favorite words of unusual properties are contranyms, or words that are spelled the same, but have two opposite meanings. These words are also known as Janus words, named after the Roman god of gates and doorways and of beginnings and endings. Janus words teach us the importance of context and bring a whole new meaning to the phrase “use it in a sentence.” Oversight. Cleave. Garnish. Refrain. Root. Sanction. Weather. Bolt. Trim. Resign. Readers, any others to add to the list? Laura Hale Brockway writes about writing and edits about editing at Impertinent Remarks.

100 Exquisite Adjectives By Mark Nichol Adjectives — descriptive words that modify nouns — often come under fire for their cluttering quality, but often it’s quality, not quantity, that is the issue. Plenty of tired adjectives are available to spoil a good sentence, but when you find just the right word for the job, enrichment ensues. Subscribe to Receive our Articles and Exercises via Email You will improve your English in only 5 minutes per day, guaranteed! 21 Responses to “100 Exquisite Adjectives” Rebecca Fantastic list! Aesop's Fables Written? Kitten! - StumbleUpon Learn Japanese Online for Free - it's fun with easy flash quizes!

Alliteration, Consonance, Assonance Sound devices that add to the aural appeal in your poetry include alliteration, consonance, and assonance. Alliteration may be easier to identify than the other two, but each is used frequently in poetry and children's literature. Alliteration: Repetition of initial sounds of words in a row. Example: Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers. (Of course, alliteration is not always so concentrated) Assonance: Repetition of internal vowel sounds of words close together in poetry. Consonance: Repetition of internal or ending consonant sounds of words close together in poetry. Author's of children's book use these devices, along with rhythm and rhyme, very effectively to attract young ears. "They talked of all their dreams and hopes, Of art and nature, love and fate. They peered through toy kaleidoscopes And murmured thoughts I shan't relate. Then Holley held Miss Spider's hand... I'll say no more, you understand. For private moments between spiders Should not be witnessed by outsiders." -or-

Mythical Creatures List, Mythical Creatures A-Z - StumbleUpon 漢字大好き - I Love Kanji Learn → Beginner Brace yourself, folks, for this lesson will introduce to you your first set of Kanji evah. The chances are that you are going to be very confused, but we'll take it slowly and things will be explained thoroughly. I want to stress this right now, do not try to memorize the on'yomi and kun'yomi. They are merely given for reference. Instead, focus on remembering the meaning of the Kanji and some vocabulary with it. Ready now? The Kanji One If you recall from the radicals you learned previously, this one meant "one." There are countless words you can make with this Kanji (it's quite common - the second most used in newspapers). 一ばん - the first, the most (ie most favorite) 一つ - one (thing) 一ぽん - one (cyllindrical object - eg a cup) 一ど - one time 一ぶ - one part Two If we add one stick to another stick, then in the pile we have a total of two sticks. Three On'yomi: サン Kun'yomi: みっ・つ、み・つ Made of: one and two One horizontal stick plus two horizontal sticks is three horizontal sticks!

Pie Corbett on Igniting Writing Self publishing costs nothing | The Creative Penn - StumbleUpon A number of people have asked me “How much does self-publishing cost?”, so this post will clear that up. It may be controversial! Please do post comments if you disagree or have questions. Answer 1: It costs nothing Write book: $0 (but lots of time)Edit book: $0 Friend who is an English teacherProof-read book: $0 Friends and colleagues found on TwitterCover design: $0 Royalty free or own photos and text only made into a .jpg on Microsoft PublisherTypeset book: $0 done by self on Microsoft WordPublish book: Published as an Ebook on Smashwords for free and up for sale for US$4.99. Or it costs $10 for the print version:Publish book on by loading onto for free, and choosing the Published by Lulu option (for free). With these options, you have no pile of books sitting in your garage, no distribution to physical bookshops. This basic model is the one I now follow and will be teaching all the tricks of the trade in the author 2.0 program. Answer 2: It costs under $5000