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Fun With Words: Collective Nouns

Fun With Words: Collective Nouns
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MyWord.info The Art World Redefined Through Contemporary Slang A recent article in The Guardian brought attention to Urban Dictionary entries that redefine the giants of literature through contemporary slang. They range from the stupid (JK Rowling: being under the effects of cannabis (J) and ketamine (K)), to the sublime (Kerouac: to wander aimlessly for the giddy thrill). The New York Daily News cited the entries as being a “history of literature as seen by millions of 17-year-olds today,” but as The Guardian points out, some familiarity with the writer’s canon is required to make the quips successful — which means there has to be some literacy at play here. We wanted to see if the same rules applied to the art world, so we clung to our brain cells (just in case) and went digging through Urban Dictionary’s website for slang versions of famous artists and related works. Picasso “I thought that guy standing at the bar was really hot but when he turned around, he was a total Picasso.”

Commonly confused words Take a look at these two sentences – one of them contains a mistake: I poured over book after book. We pored over the catalogues. Are you uncertain which one is right? There are a lot of words in English that look or sound alike but have very different meanings, such as pore and pour or flaunt and flout. Here’s a quick-reference list of pairs of words that regularly cause people problems. Back to Usage. You may also be interested in: 'Loose' or 'lose'? 'Pour' or 'pore'? 'Bare' or 'bear'?

Lexophiles LEXOPHILES (LOVERS OF WORDS): 1. A bicycle can't stand alone; it is two tired. 2. A will is a dead giveaway. 3. Time flies like an arrow; fruit flies like a banana. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. 31. 32. 33. 34. 35. 36. 37. 38. 39. 40. 41. 42. 43. 44. 45. 46.

This no-budget science fiction short looks better than most movies The Good: AMAZING effects and character design! The battle droids actually *looked* like devices built for live combat situations—heavily-armoured, heavily-ARMED, and just...heavy! The Bad: 1) WHEN will people finally drop the completely stupid "careful withdrawal of consciousness from virtual environment" trope? The rig on the interrogator's head is clearly a simple noninvasive magnetic-resonance device stimulating parts of his brain. You know how you "withdraw" from such an interface? 2) If a battle bot has some way of overloading its batteries or onboard generator to generate an EMP, IT WILL FRY ITSELF IN THE PROCESS. I know, I know, I'm a nitpicking geek...but, really, what's the excuse for complete scientific illiteracy in so-called "sci-fi" film-making?

Quick Grammar Review Introduction "The complexities of English are such that the authorities themselves often stumble. The material on this site is intended to serve as a brief review of English grammar. For more extensive help, see the Links page. One final comment: Most of us remember having written work returned in which various errors had been circled or corrected or otherwise highlighted. Avoid this by focusing on punctuation during the editing stage of your writing.

15 Palindromes" Palindromes are words or sentences that read the same backward or forward. Here are some of our favorites. 1. Go hang a salami. I'm a lasagna hog. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. Helen Davies, Marjorie Dorfman, Mary Fons, Deborah Hawkins, Martin Hintz, Linnea Lundgren, David Priess, Julia Clark Robinson, Paul Seaburn, Heidi Stevens, and Steve Theunissen Unicorn Cookbook Found at the British Library A long-lost medieval cookbook, containing recipes for hedgehogs, blackbirds and even unicorns, has been discovered at the British Library. Professor Brian Trump of the British Medieval Cookbook Project described the find as near-miraculous. "We've been hunting for this book for years. The moment I first set my eyes on it was spine-tingling." Detail of a unicorn on the grill in Geoffrey Fule's cookbook, England, mid-14th century (London, British Library, MS Additional 142012, f. 137r). Experts believe that the cookbook was compiled by Geoffrey Fule, who worked in the kitchens of Philippa of Hainault, Queen of England (1328-1369). After recipes for herring, tripe and codswallop (fish stew, a popular dish in the Middle Ages) comes that beginning "Taketh one unicorne". A lady bringing the unicorn's head to the table (London, British Library, MS Additional 142012, f. 137v). The remains of the unicorn (London, British Library, MS Additional 142012, f. 138r).

Word Usage Tips - tips on correct word usage - Choice of words Be careful with the choices of words. Most words are loaded with political, social, historical, aesthetic, or moral values. A good writer tries not to offend anyone by trying to avoid such words, and using value-neutral words as far as possible. Back to Top - Which or that? Usually which and that can both be used in a sentence structure. Which is used with non-essential clauses. That is used with essential clauses. - Use of adjectives Do not use a lot of adjectives. - Starting a sentence with ‘it’ Do not start a sentence with ‘it’ unless the word or concept it refers to, is very clear. - Who and whom Who and Whom often cause confusion. Who is used when it is the subject of a sentence, or when it is a subject-case pronoun. Whom is used as the object of preposition, or when it is an object-case pronoun. - Big words, impressive words? Sometimes writers think big words look impressive. - ‘Corrupted’ words Watch for commonly used ‘corrupted’ words. - Affect and effect - Using due to

10 Words You Need to Stop Misspelling essay format A Basic Essay Format A good way to approach an essay is to envision it as a Five Part project. An essay is made up of the Introduction, Three main points (the body), and the Conclusion. So it looks like this: I. Of course depending on the length and breadth of your paper you may have more than three main points. The Intro… An Introduction should answer three questions 1. The Body… The Body consists of everything between your intro and conclusion and it is where you discuss your three main points. · Introduce your point · Explain your point · Give supporting evidence (this is where quotes go!) The Conclusion… Basically, the conclusion restates the introduction. POINT ONE+POINT TWO+POINT THREE=THESIS OR POINT ONE leads to POINT TWO which leads to POINT THREE therefore THESIS is true! So, when planning your essay consider this format: I. Organization in a paper is important not only because it makes the paper easier to write, it also guides the reader through the paper. By: Marie Lilly Home

Brainstorming What this handout is about This handout discusses techniques that will help you start writing a paper and continue writing through the challenges of the revising process. Brainstorming can help you choose a topic, develop an approach to a topic, or deepen your understanding of the topic’s potential. Introduction If you consciously take advantage of your natural thinking processes by gathering your brain’s energies into a “storm,” you can transform these energies into written words or diagrams that will lead to lively, vibrant writing. Below you will find a brief discussion of what brainstorming is, why you might brainstorm, and suggestions for how you might brainstorm. Whether you are starting with too much information or not enough, brainstorming can help you to put a new writing task in motion or revive a project that hasn’t reached completion. When you’ve got too much: There are times when you have too much chaos in your brain and need to bring in some conscious order. Freewriting Cubing

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