Empathy vs. Sympathy

No one enjoys hearing bad news. The passing of a loved one, a terminal illness, and life-threatening moments can evoke strong emotions of sympathy or empathy. And as some of you experience these emotions, you  may ask yourself “Why am I buying sympathy cards? Should I buy empathy cards? Why isn’t there such a thing?” […]

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(un)Enlightened English had a Face-Lift!

Big news! Ok, so I know I made a post earlier saying we had a makeover. I wasn’t happy with that theme, tore the whole thing down, and restructured the site. I think it looks a bit more professional now, a bit more English-y now, and a bit more organized. So what do you guys […]

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MLA Paper Formatting

Even if you’re not an English major, you’re going to need to take composition courses, humanities courses, and various other courses that require you to format your paper in a very specific way. While some professors have their own requirements and while other associations may have different formatting options, I have found MLA formatting to […]

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The Origins of the Blogosphere (It’s Not What you Think)

So today was the last day of my first graduate course, which was based on eighteenth century literature. Now, because of this, today’s post is going to be a little different. I want to reflect a bit on the class, some ideas I had in it, etc. You will, regrettably, not learn the difference between […]

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Your vs. You’re (There’s a reason I’m doing this!)

Ok, first–let me apologize. I went to visit my parents for Father’s Day weekend, and their internet coupled with my internet card resulted in some aggravating results. Also–today is my one year anniversary, so this will be a quick post before I start getting back on track this week. Thanks for dealing with me guys. […]

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Invoke vs. Evoke

Some of the best moments in my life are when I proofread myself in conversation. 😀 I was talking to my husband and said “invoke” (or “evoke,” can’t remember now!), stopped and said to him, “Do I mean invoke or evoke?” After some debate about it, the simple answer was–we didn’t know. We had some […]

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How to Improve your GMAT (AWA) Writing Score

You’ve worked for a few years, climbed the ranks in your company and have decided it’s time to go back to school for your MBA. The problem is that now you need to take the GMAT, and–much to your significant other’s dismay–it requires a good month or two practice (after work and on weekends). One […]

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How to Expand your Paper: Garbage and Fluff Excluded

It’s happened to the best of us. You think you say every possible thing there is to say about a subject–yet you only have four pages for your five to seven page paper (or whatever page limit is imposed on you). You have a minimum, you’re not at that minimum, and so you’ll probably end […]

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Flammable vs. Inflammable (Trust me, you want to know this)

For those of you who follow me regularly–yes, I got an A on that paper. For those of you who don’t read me regularly, just be comforted in the fact that you’re reading a blog by a good student. Anyway, back on track. You ever see a pair of kids pajamas that says “Inflammable?” Well–if […]

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Altogether vs. All Together

Sorry about my Darling Husband hijacking my blog yesterday, but it was his birthday and since I was in class, there wasn’t much I could do! So now that I’m back, let’s take a look at altogether and all together. When we’re speaking, you can’t tell the difference between these words. But what happens when […]

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