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Eggcorns. Chalk full o’ fun.

What are eggcorns? …for all intensive purposes …happen all over sudden …focus on day-today — Merriam-Webster (@MerriamWebster) December 29, 2015   Advertisements

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“Using Times New Roman is the typeface equivalent of wearing sweatpants to an interview”

Some advice on Best typeface for your résumé for your Résumé.

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Adrian Underhill’s interactive phonemic charts

For those of you who do not know about this resource—or who would like to be reminded of its utility, here are Adrian Underhill’s interactive phonemic charts: Interactive phonemic chart: British English Interactive phonemic chart: American English prəˌnʌnsɪˈeɪʃən ɪz kreɪt. maɪ frɛnd … Continue reading

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Adrian Underhill is one of the big names when it comes to pronunciation. Macmillan now has a playlist of helpful pronunciation videos up on their website.

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lie and lay

Having trouble with the verbs “lie” and “lay”? Can’t remember which is transitive? Can’t recall whether you “lay” or “laid” on the floor after the party? Read this humo(u)rous post (with poem) on the subject: “Recumbent Lie vs. Setdown Lay”

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“Palaver” is one of those words that you hear in some of the Saarland’s villages, to be sure. Did you know it’s used by some in English?

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“European Day of Languages”

Despite the rather vanilla title, the European Day of Languages proved to be a success in some circles. Here’s a somewhat amusing look at lexis via an infographic, “The European Origins of English Words.”

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