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In an insightful post on meeting the text complexity standard for the Common Core, Teaching Channel coach Ryan McCarthy presents helpful strategies for planning and preparation. Meanwhile, free resources on Vocabulary.com can help. Continue reading...
To celebrate National Grammar Day today ("March Fourth/Forth"), the American Copy Editing Society's announced winning entries in a grammar haiku contest. Check them out and survey all the entries here. Continue reading...
Topics: Fun Grammar

For Grammar Day, Write a Haiku!

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Grammar lovers, it's your time to shine! Write a haiku for National Grammar Day, March 4th ("march forth") and tweet it to #grammarday. Or just enjoy these winning haiku from last year. Continue reading...
Topics: Fun Grammar
In a continuing series of SAT study tips provided by Veritas Prep, BloombergBusiness advised students last month to "approach the SAT as if it were an athletic event." The recommended training regimen involves healthful eating, exercise, anxiety avoidance, and most importantly, consistent review. Continue reading...

"On the Media" Tackles "Whistleblowers"

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The public radio show "On the Media" notes that "in the age of Snowden and Manning, the term 'whistleblower' is increasingly present in our media. But where exactly did the word come from?" Brooke Gladstone talked to our executive editor Ben Zimmer for some historical background. Continue reading...

One Man's Quest to Correct "Comprise" Usage

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The story of Steve Henderson — a software engineer bent on single-handedly fixing every use of the word comprise in Wikipedia entries where compose would be more appropriate — has captured the popular imagination. Yesterday, Southern California Public Radio invited our own Ben Zimmer to explain the difference and weigh in on the wisdom of Henderson's quest. Continue reading...
Topics: Grammar Usage
Last night, Jon Stewart announced that he will be retiring from Comedy Central's The Daily Show. We'll miss Stewart and his writing team for lots of reasons. But as dedicated vocabularians, we'll be especially sorry to see the end of Stewart's skewering of overhyped news through clever use of word blending, known as portmanteaus. Continue reading...
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