Hone In vs. Home In

It’s fairly common to say or read that something ‘honed’ in on a point. However, the correct phrase is to ‘home’ in on a point. Keep reading to see why that is the proper term and why there is such confusion! Home vs. Hone Before we discuss the phrase in question, it’s a good idea […]

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Ridiculous vs. Rediculous

Despite being commonly pronounced as ‘RE-diculous’, the word is actually spelled ‘RI-diculous’. So if you need a quick tool to help you remember, here are a few ways you can remember the spelling: ‘Ridiculous with an “I” looks just fine.’ ‘Ridiculous with an “E” and people make fun of me.’ ‘Ridiculous with an “I” or […]

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Compare With vs Compare To

A friend of mine recently had to look up whether she should write ‘compared with’ or ‘compared to’ in a sentence and suggested I might want to write a post about it – and I’m glad she did! I didn’t realise there was a difference at first, but after a bit of research, it makes […]

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What a “Trooper”!

When someone is a good sport about something and doesn’t complain, they’re normally called a good ‘trooper’. When speaking, this homonym error doesn’t impact meaning, but when writing it certainly can. Read on to learn what the proper usage is.

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A Struggling Writer Tackles Journalism: Moving from Creative Writing to Journalistic Reporting

Guest Article by Cesar R. Bustamante, Jr., Multimedia Journalist Follow me on Twitter! @crbustamante   I can’t recall when I started writing but I can recall when I took it seriously. I was in 9th grade history teacher asked the class what each one of us wanted to be when we were older. When it […]

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The Implications of Google + on Classroom Hybridization

You may not have heard of Google +, which is commonly heralded as “Facebook but not Facebook,” a social networking site that works in myriad different ways than Facebook. It’s run (obviously) by Google and has, I believe, many different features that can be viewed as beneficial to a classroom environment. But before I get […]

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What Makes a Bad Teacher?

So frequently we have discussions about the qualities we should (and would like) to see in a “good” teacher. With Cameron Diaz’s Bad Teacher looming in the box office, however, I couldn’t help but wonder why we don’t discuss the traits that create a “bad” teacher. In the movie (which I have not seen, but […]

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Taoism: The Natural Life

Taoism (actually pronounced Dow-ism) is a philosophical religion (and I use religion here loosely) that began to develop in China around 500 BC. This time marked a period in China’s history known as The Hundred Schools of Thought. Tao literally means “way,” and Taoism is just that: a way or path. But, as we will […]

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Points of Parity and Touchscreen Devices

It was late Monday evening at JFK International Airport when I had an unexpected encounter. As I walked towards the British Airways lounge, I noticed a store advertising the Blackberry Playbook. The mounds of scathing reviews for the device had me wondering – “What is so bad about the Playbook?” Interested, I decided to pop […]

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OMG TECHNOLOGY IZ KILLING ENGRISH!

So I was in my composition theory course, and I commented on how pathetic it was that an author claimed technology and the increasingly globalized economy are killing the “academy” (essentially, education). I said it was a bit of a cop-out, that everyone immediately turns to technology as the destroyer of language. The professor commented […]

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