An analysis over the weekend in the Los Angeles TimesÂ lamented the reality that demand for stories about [tag]Anna Nicole Smith[/tag]’s death on its Web siteÂ prompted print edition editors to give the story front-page treatment the next day. James Rainey, the writer, saw a similar feeding frenzy across the media spectrum–from print to radio to TV […]
English is not a romance language, meaning its roots aren’t in ancient Rome, but our traditions still date back to the days of Caesar et al. Take [tag]Valentine’s Day[/tag]. Despite its naming after Catholic saints (which one is hard to say, for two or more are candidates), Valentine’s Day may have its roots in Lupercalia, […]
An outfit called AGLOCO (A Global Community) will pay you to surf the Internet and will also pay you for those you sign up or refer, down to four levels below you.Â This is classic multilevel marketing. All you have to do is install an innocuous [tag]AGLOCO[/tag] toolbar on your browser and use it to […]
Okay, the headline/title sounds promising, doesn’t it? What I’m referring to here are the three parts of a well written piece, and I know this is going to sound rather mundane, but they are–the introduction, body and conclusion. The point of success comes in how the writer approaches these elements, and that’s why you should […]
Okay, the saying “24/7” is not technically a word, but it still qualifies as a [tag]Notword [/tag]since it has become both uniquitous and meaningless.Â To wit: During the local morning sports talk radio program, a listener called in and toldÂ the host how great he was because he talked about football “24/7.” Now, what exactly did […]
In preparation for the 2008 Olympics being hosted there, [tag]Beijing[/tag] officials have decided to eradicate bad English translations from public venues, including "Deformed Man" for handicapped restrooms and "Show Mercy to the Slender Grass," reports the Wall Street Journal. For the next eight months, teams of linguistic monitors will scour the city’s nooks and crannies […]
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I‘ve added a second personally written article to my English Resources section, this one dealing with how to focus your writing with a good [tag]thesis statement[/tag].Â I’ll be following this up soon with tips on how to use the thesis statement to fill the body of your body in an organized and coherent (and persuasive) […]
I‘ve added my first personally written article to my new section, English Resources, which is entitled “[tag]The Kitchen Sink Approach to Writing[/tag].”Â I’ll be following this up with articles on thesis statements, topic sentences and the five-paragraph paradigm before moving into more creative types of writing.Â Enjoy!