Monthly Archives: September 2009

Weekly Vocab Builder

Improve your lexicon with these words. Use one or more in a sentence in the comments section! MFA: Made for AdSense. A derogatory term for sites created just to post ads through Google’s AdSense program and get readers to click … Continue reading

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Grammar Quiz…Answers!

On Friday, I offered you a couple quick quizzes to test your grammar knowledge. As promised here are the answers. Subject/Verb Agreement. Choose the correct verb.1. Either you or Vern wins this silver pin.2. The herd of cattle was sold … Continue reading

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Grammar Quiz: Grammar Basics

It’s Friday, and my third grader is taking a battery of quizzes to show he learned something this week. Maybe that’s not a bad idea for us adults. Herewith, three quizzes on basic grammar knowledge. All exercises are from Easy … Continue reading

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Weekly Vocab Builder

Part of writing well is having a rich vocabulary…and knowing how to use it. Check out these words from my Twitter Vocab Builder feature. NIMBY: http://bit.ly/nv5NPCap and trade: http://bit.ly/1VBZTCarrefour: http://bit.ly/15hycTGadabout: http://bit.ly/HTUrxAbecedarian: http://bit.ly/DtWHO Increase your vocabulary even more. Get the Word … Continue reading

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Writing Tip: What’s That You Say?

The Hartford Courant recently began aggregating content from other media outlets. Unfortunately, it wasn’t always attributing the content and has apologized. Whether intentional or not, presenting someone else’s words as your own, in small part or in their entirety, is … Continue reading

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Writing Tip: Unpack Your Suitcase

Portmanteau, or suitcase, sentences are long sentences packed with lots of information. They’re called that, says James Kilkpatrick in his now-defunct Charlotte Observer column, “The Writer’s Art,” “for the 16th-century suitcase. It was huge. You could pack everything into a … Continue reading

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Weekly Vocab Builder

Can you define all these words? Follow the links to build your vocabulary! Cyberculture: http://bit.ly/2M9mo4Geolocation: http://bit.ly/RTBT2Nor’easter: http://bit.ly/121r1IRatchet: http://bit.ly/195Uab

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Grammar Bite: Active vs. Passive Voice

You want to keep your readers engaged with your writing to the end. You want them awake and interested in what you have to say. One way to do this is to use more active voice and less passive voice … Continue reading

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Writing Tip: Avoiding the I-I-I

Writers are often encouraged to “speak from the I,” sharing their experiences with readers and imparting valuable advice in the process. The trick, of course, is to keep that first-person point of view while focusing more on the readers rather … Continue reading

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Vocab Builder

Can you define all these words? Follow the links to build your vocabulary! Hyacinth Bucket Syndrome: http://bit.ly/1eOMwELion of the Senate: http://bit.ly/ntj2gtintinnabulation: http://bit.ly/U8RbTgallicism: http://bit.ly/DkzNGlackadaisical: http://bit.ly/3TU1kEredolent: http://bit.ly/vskqp

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