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What is in a name? Posted by on Jan 31, 2012

Yesterday I wrote a blog post about “the average Joe” and in that post I mentioned* how often the name ‘Joe’ is used in America to refer to an average or normal person or sometimes it is used to generically to refer to a person whose name you don’t know.  I also mentioned that Joe…

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An Average Joe Posted by on Jan 30, 2012

“Average Joe” is an expression used in English to describe an average, typical, or normal American male.  The expression “Average Jane” is sometimes used to describe the hypothetically average or normal American woman.  We have other terms used to describe someone as average, normal, and like everybody else as well, for example: “Ordinary Joe”, “Joe…

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Air Travel in the United States Posted by on Jan 29, 2012

I recently left for a trip overseas, which means I spent some time in a few airports this past week.  This of course had me thinking about airplane travel and how much of a hassle* this can be at times.  Here is some good information to know about flying out of airports in the United…

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Improve Your Writing by Not Using “And” Too Much Posted by on Jan 28, 2012

Business Man Writing

Many people want to improve their English writing. There are many things you can try to achieve this but one of the easiest tips is not to use the word “and” too much. When you use “and” a lot, your writing starts to become a bit boring.  Instead try using some different words. For example…

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An All-American Salad Posted by on Jan 27, 2012

Have you ever had Waldorf Salad?  This is type of salad made from apples, grapes, celery, walnuts and mayonnaise, that was invented at the Waldorf Hotel in New York City in the 1890’s.  It is not every day that you can pinpoint* exactly where and when a food was invented, but Waldorf Salad is one…

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Fun with Alliteration Posted by on Jan 25, 2012

Today I thought we could have a bit of fun looking at alliteration. What is alliteration? Alliteration is the repetition of initial sounds in neighboring words. Need an example?  Here’s three… Dozy Doug dug a deep ditch. He’s always naughty and nasty – not nice to know. The sweet smell of success. Why would you…

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Yellowstone National Park Posted by on Jan 24, 2012

Yellowstone National Park was established in 1872.  It is America’s oldest national park, and even though it is very large it is not America’s largest national park.  The park is located in the states of Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho, but most of the park is in Wyoming.  It is 3,468 square miles (8,983 km2) in size. …

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