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Diversity Of Thought Much? University Of Chicago English Program Accepts Applicants ONLY If They Seek To Work In 'black Studies

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The prestigious University of Chicago is willing to accept just one train of thought in its English department black studies, as only graduate students who have a keen interest in that topic are being considered for admission. Read Full ... read more

NATO Think-tank Enrolls English-language Journalists And Activists Covering Belarus -- And Twitter Looks The Other Way

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Some of the top journalist-activists covering Belarus in English on Twitter are now working for organizations that defend the interests of Western arms manufacturers with no disclaimer for their followers. Read Full Article at RT.com ... read more

New Hampshire 16-year-old Swims Across The English Channel

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A 16-year-old New Hampshire girl said her 33-mile swim across the English Channel was the fulfillment of a lifelong ... read more

Should I Capitalize That Dog Breed Name?

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In a word, no. See style.mla.org/capitalizing-names-of-dog-breeds Do not routinely capitalize the names of dog breeds. Many breed names are composed of proper nouns that you capitalize like Boston and generic terms (like retriever or terrier) that ... read more

Mangled English

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This is pretty old, from the old newsletter in 1992, when the Soviet Union still existed, but it's still funny How English is Being Used in Different Parts of the World IN A TOKYO HOTEL: Is forbitten to steal hotel towels please. If you are not person to do such thing please n ... read more

Another Grammar Complaint

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I used to be able to spot junk email by its bad grammar, spelling and punctuation. Now, even legitimate emails often fail the test. It makes the grammar Nazi in me very sad. ... read more

This Week's Literacy Rant

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OK, people, the word is led (when pronounced led) not lead unless you're referring to the metal. I'm not surprised to see this in social media where it's acceptable (cool, even) to be completely illiterate, but I keep seeing it in news articles written by supposed journalists. ... read more

Wordnik

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Wordnik. Cool website for those who like words. I love how they provide samples from articles on the internet. And they provide an explanation/definition to links (if you click it) like the one above. It claims to be the most comprehensive English dictionary... read more

Dinkum

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(DING-kuhm) Dinkum, also dinky-di, fair dinkum, adjective True; honest; genuine. Etymology Probably derived, like many other Australian words, from English dialect. The counties of Lincolnshire and Derbyshire had a word or dincum meaning work; a fair share of work. The word was first recorded in Australia in Rolf Boldrew ... read more

Parsimonious

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(par-si-MO-nee-uhs) adjective: Excessively sparing or frugal. Etymology From Middle English parcimony, from Latin parsimonia, from parcere (to spare). First recorded use: 1598. Usage President Calvin Coolidge was so with words that he became known as 'Silent Cal'. -- Rob ... read more

Award-winning English Prose

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Every year, English teachers from across the USA can submit their collections of actual analogies and metaphors found in high school essays. These excerpts are published each year to the amusement of teachers across the country. Here are last year's winners. 1. Her face was a perfect oval, like a circle that had its two sides gently compre... read more

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