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I Won't Hire People Who Use Poor Grammar. Here's Why. - Kyle Wiens

I Won't Hire People Who Use Poor Grammar. Here's Why. - Kyle Wiens
by Kyle Wiens | 8:02 AM July 20, 2012 If you think an apostrophe was one of the 12 disciples of Jesus, you will never work for me. If you think a semicolon is a regular colon with an identity crisis, I will not hire you. If you scatter commas into a sentence with all the discrimination of a shotgun, you might make it to the foyer before we politely escort you from the building. Some might call my approach to grammar extreme, but I prefer Lynne Truss’s more cuddly phraseology: I am a grammar “stickler.” Now, Truss and I disagree on what it means to have “zero tolerance.” Everyone who applies for a position at either of my companies, iFixit or Dozuki, takes a mandatory grammar test. Of course, we write for a living. iFixit.com is the world’s largest online repair manual, and Dozuki helps companies write their own technical documentation, like paperless work instructions and step-by-step user manuals. But grammar is relevant for all companies. Wrong.

Los Pinos: historia de la casa del próximo Presidente de México No tiene timbre. La Residencia Oficial de Los Pinos tampoco cuenta con un número en su exterior y mucho menos con un domicilio específico. Desde que fue creada en 1934 para que el presidente de México habite con su familia a lo largo de los seis años de su mandato, esta propiedad no necesita mayor referencia. Es ahí desde donde se gobierna el país. Y es que hablar de Los Pinos no es hacer alusión simplemente a una casa. Al interior de este gran terreno –perfectamente amurallado y custodiado por decenas de militares– se encuentran una serie de estructuras residenciales y de oficinas que forman parte del entorno del Jefe del Ejecutivo durante su administración. Jardines, fuentes y lagos han sido testigos a lo largo de casi ocho décadas de importantes episodios de la historia de México. Foto tomada de Animal Político. Los orígenes de la Residencia Oficial Foto: Archivo Residencia Oficial de Los Pinos. Foto tomada de Los presidentes sin castillo La influencia francesa

Luiz Otávio's English Language Teaching Page - thinking beyond the doing Grammar: A Matter of Fashion Draft is a series about the art and craft of writing. “Much was said, and much was ate, and all went well.” Clearly this sentence was written by a fourth grader – or at best someone not ushered into acquaintance with “proper” grammar. Like, say, Jane Austen? That’s straight out of her novel “Mansfield Park.” Linguists insist that it’s wrong to designate any kind of English “proper” because language always changes and always has. Fair enough – but there’s a middle ground. Those who ignore rules of fashion exercise little influence in society, whether we like it or not. We are taught that a proper language makes perfect logical sense, and that allowing changes willy-nilly threatens chaos. Not to the Stone Age: just to the 19th century, to the characters in, say, Edith Wharton’s novels. Sabine Dowek To say the house is being built felt slangy and newfangled to many. So, hemlines went up, while Lobster Newburg, chintz and sarsaparilla fell out of fashion. Today, we have our own fads.

Kelly Gallagher – Resources Part of the reason my students have such a hard time reading is because they bring little prior knowledge and background to the written page. They can decode the words, but the words remain meaningless without a foundation of knowledge. To help build my students’ prior knowledge, I assign them an "Article of the Week" every Monday morning. By the end of the school year I want them to have read 35 to 40 articles about what is going on in the world. It is not enough to simply teach my students to recognize theme in a given novel; if my students are to become literate, they must broaden their reading experiences into real-world text. Below you will find the articles I assigned* this year (2013-2014) to my students. "How Earth Got Its Tectonic Plates/On Saturn's Moon Titan, Scientists Catch Waves in Methane Lakes" by Monte Morin for the Los Angeles Times and by Amina Kahn for the Los Angeles Times, respectively "Hard Evidence: Are We Beating Cancer?"

Questioningly Winner: Meet the Bwam Mark On Friday we asked for new punctuation marks. The old ones, like that comma right there or the period that ended the last sentence, suddenly seemed insufficient. We wanted more … but we didn’t want to lift a finger to get them—and that’s why we enlisted our readers. They came, saw, reassessed existing punctuation, and went to work. Some of the new marks were pure slapstick (@cehickman’s slapdash, which was not designed but was described as “useful when you just can’t be bothered to give your sentence structure too much thought”) or @krissyt67’s comalipses (“comma w/ ellipses stacked on top for when a writer loses their train of thought & falls into a deep asleep”). Some drew upon celebrity affectations. Some amended existing punctuation technology: @AlexColangelo derided the interrobang, proposing that there be a new way of expressing incredulity, and @ponder76 proposed putting a comma at the bottom of the exclamation point instead of a period. On to the best.

10 libros descargables de mercadotecnia - Marketing POR: Altonivel La mercadotecnia es una de esas disciplinas que requieren una preparación constante porque se transforman cada día. Nuevas ideas y canales de comunicación se suman a las estrategias tradicionales gracias que las redes sociales han innovado la forma de establecer contacto con las audiencias. La mejor manera de mantenerte informado de las nuevas tendencias de mercadeo es a través de los libros de los autores especializados. Expertos como Seth Godin y el legendario Phillip Kotler tienen grandes obras que deben ser referente obligado en la biblioteca de cualquier mercadólogo. La tecnología acerca estas obras para ti por lo que AltoNivel.com.mx te trae los diez de los libros más descargados de mercadotecnia y publicidad en el iTunes Store para que los bajes a tu iPad, iPod o iPhone. Cabe recordar que algunos libros pueden variar de nombre según cada país. Mobile Wave, de Michael Saylor Vanguard Press te trae la versión descargable por 12.99 dólares. Where's the Money?

Oxford University Press – English Language Teaching Global Blog @OUPELTGlobal Lu Burke, New Yorker Copy Editor The words “millionaire” and “copy editor” hardly ever occur in the same sentence, much less in the same person, but Lu Burke, who worked at this magazine from 1958 to 1990, when she retired to Southbury, Connecticut, was that rare thing: a copy editor who became a millionaire. A year after Lu died, in October, 2010, reportedly of leukemia, we heard that she had willed her entire estate, of more than a million dollars, to the Southbury Public Library. I hadn’t stopped to see her in years, because lunch at Friendly’s, with Lu hungry for gossip about the old crew, turned a three-and-half-hour drive from New York to Massachusetts into a daylong journey. I felt bad about that, and finding out that Lu had been sitting on a million dollars made me feel a little better, only because I realized that I couldn’t feel any worse. Lu was the originator of the comma shaker. We knew she wore Earth shoes and bluejeans and jewel-neck sweaters and stud earrings. 2—The Library 3—The Family

Infographic: What Does Your Handwriting Say About You? Graphology--the study of handwriting--has long been considered a pseudoscience, in the same family as phrenology (in which a lumpy forehead could mean you’re a psychopath) and astrology (in which Mercury makes you forget your keys). But a new study by the National Pen Association (sure, consider your source) claims that the way you write can indicate more than 5,000 personality traits, as well as tendencies toward serious disorders like schizophrenia, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s. The results are parsed in an infographic that may offend any intrusive, lazy, and impatient writers out there with narrowly spaced letters, short-crossed t’s, and slashed i’s. Good news for wide-loopers of l’s and e’s though: You are relaxed, spontaneous, and open-minded. The infographic also demonstrates that unlike phrenology, graphology hasn’t been completely snuffed out by skeptics.

15 Wonderful Words With No English Equivalent The Global Language Monitor estimates that there are currently 1,009,753 words in the English language. Despite this large lexicon, many nuances of human experience still leave us tongue-tied. And that’s why sometimes it’s necessary to turn to other languages to find le mot juste . Here are fifteen foreign words with no direct English equivalent. 1. Zhaghzhagh (Persian) The chattering of teeth from the cold or from rage. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. A word that would aptly describe the prevailing fashion trend among American men under 40, it means one who wears the shirt tail outside of his trousers. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. Many of the words above can be found in BBC researcher Adam Jacot de Boinod's book ' The Meaning of Tingo and Other Extraordinary Words from Around the World.'

A Simple Exercise to Help You Get Unstuck - Teresa Norton by Teresa Norton | 8:00 AM July 25, 2012 Winston Leung came into my office a tense and frustrated fellow. He knew he needed to do things differently but he didn’t want to change who he was. He was visibly relieved to hear that the goal of our work together was just that — to adjust the ‘do’ not the ‘who’. He had been recently moved into a position that had been held for almost 20 years by a much older man who, upon retiring, had left what Winston and others in the company perceived as enormous shoes to fill. Winston was an interesting dichotomy — conflict averse and overly eager to ‘get along’ with those he perceived as his superiors while dictatorial and unable or unwilling to address the needs of his overworked team. Our work together was to get him to own his status and stand his ground while developing a leadership style that demonstrated respect for his staff, enabling them to feel connected and cared for. The next week he came in with a pretty significant insight.

Business English Grammar Lessons Writing Excuses 7.41: Seven-Point Story Structure If you’ve ever had difficulty outlining something, this episode might be a perfect fit for you. We discuss the Seven-Point Story Structure, an outlining system Dan uses in which the story moves forward along seven sequential points. Dan originally acquired this from a role-playing book, but it also sees regular use in screenwriting. Dan walks us through the system, and we hold his feet to the fire on behalf of Lou Anders, who once privately confessed to Howard that he just couldn’t get this thing to work. Here, without any flavor text, are the seven points: HookPlot Turn IPinch IMidpointPinch IIPlot Turn IIResolution While these are (obviously) not the only seven things that happen in your book, these are the key things that are working together to move you from hook to resolution. After an explanation of the system, we brainstorm this on Dan’s “I.E.Demon” story in order to demonstrate the tool for you. Audiobook Pick-of-the-Week: Enchanted, by Alethea Kontis, narrated by Katherine Kellgren

A Picture Of Language: The Fading Art Of Diagramming Sentences : NPR Ed The design firm Pop Chart Lab has taken the first lines of famous novels and diagrammed those sentences. This one shows the opening of Franz Kafka's Metamorphosis. Pop Chart Lab When you think about a sentence, you usually think about words — not lines. If you weren't taught to diagram a sentence, this might sound a little zany. And while it was once commonplace, many people today don't even know what it is. So let's start with the basics. "It's a fairly simple idea," says Kitty Burns Florey, the author of Sister Bernadette's Barking Dog: The Quirky History and Lost Art of Diagramming Sentences. I asked her to show me, and for an example she used the first sentence she recalls diagramming: "The dog barked." "By drawing a line and writing 'dog' on the left side of the line and 'barked' on the right side of the line and separating them with a little vertical line, we could see that 'dog' was the subject of the sentence and 'barked' was the predicate or the verb," she explains.

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