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What’s the Difference? Inauguration Posted by on Jan 19, 2017

With a new administration taking office, it seems a good time to remind ourselves that the words of our leaders can have real significance. The misuse of a word, even selecting one simile when another would have been more appropriate, could lead to misunderstandings. And misunderstandings may have consequences. It may not lead to…

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Great American Cities – New Orleans Posted by on Jan 17, 2017

Our journey around Great American Cities continues with a trip down south to New Orleans. Known for its music, cuisine, and wild nightlife, it’s a city that attracts millions every year. Name – The city originally had a French name (La Nouvelle-Orléans), as it was named after the Duke of Orleans. It later had a Spanish…

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The Parts of a Speech Posted by on Jan 13, 2017

Many of us, at some time in our lives, have to speak in front of a large gathering. It may be a quick toast to a friend celebrating a birthday or an anniversary. It may be some form of testimony that you have been asked to make based on your experience and knowledge of a…

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Winter Weather in the United States Posted by on Jan 6, 2017

January is typically the coldest month in the northern hemisphere, and therefore is likely to give us some extreme winter weather. Different areas in the United States experience winter storms which are unique to their regions. Each type of storm also has its own meteorological term. Let’s take a look at the different names of…

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What is a Janus Word? Posted by on Dec 30, 2016

“You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.” Mandy Patinkin as Inigo Montoya in The Princess Bride Every so often you, as a student of English, will encounter a word in a sentence which will seem utterly confusing. You’re going to think that it contradicts your understanding of…

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