February 16, 2013

Weekly Finds: February 16, 2013

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Every week, we’ll be sharing a list of posts, stories, news, or opinions that we've run across the Internet during the past week or two. We won't be discussing them in detail here, but we do encourage you to check them out as they could contain valuable ideas and insights for your IELTS exam.

If you're ready, here we go...


Grammar Jokes

The author shares some grammar jokes to make us laugh.

Dummy Prepositions

The author shares: "It can be tricky identifying these 'dummy' prepositions. It’s easy enough to discard clear cases of meaningful prepositions, in verb phrases like walk to school, but it gets harder as the prepositionals become metaphorical, in phrases such as stare at him."

Dis and Dat

How do we solve the problem of having unreferenced demonstrative pronouns?

Basic English Grammar – Noun, Verb, Adjective, Adverb

What is a noun? What is a verb? What is an adjective? AHHHHH!!! Learn how to recognize nouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs in this important basic grammar lesson.

Apostrophes, Bloody Apostrophes!

Apostrophes are probably the most misused punctuation marks in contemporary written English. When used correctly, they enhance language by providing extra information in a sentence to better convey your meaning. When not used correctly, they can muddle your message.

Verbing the Nouns

The author writes: "We comedy Wednesday? Really? We comedy Wednesday! Ladies and gentlemen, I ask you: since when is comedy a verb?"

The world's worst typos – in pictures

A new book details the crime de la creme of typographical errors, from hotel brochures advertising a 'French widow in every bedroom' to Tea Party signs declaring President Obama's 'crisis of competnce'. Here are some of the finest.

Ain't This Good English?

Do slang and vulgarity belong in the dictionary?


9 Ways to Bring the Joy of Reading Back Into Your Life

Try these ideas to rediscover the joy of reading books.

Twitter’s Number One Gift To The World Is The Art Of Brevity

The author shares the benefits he's received from using Twitter.

Hijack! How Your Brain Blocks Performance - Forbes

How people get mentally stuck, why, and how it happens.

The One Drawback of Going All Digital

For productivity and collaboration, using digital tools to jot down notes is great. But there's one thing that will surely suffer.

Spotting specific language impairment: signs for teachers to look out for

Language difficulties may not be as high profile as dyslexia or autism, but they should be say Dorothy Bishop and Becky Clark.


3 Reasons Why You’re Hardwired to Learn the Hard Way

We all tend to think we’re invincible until, well, life happens. If only we had listened to sage advice. But the truth is, we’re not hardwired to learn that way.

The Thinking Mindset vs. The Doing Mindset: Pick One (And Only One)

The motivation to think and the motivation to act strike us at different times. Plan your day accordingly.


7 Surprising Truths about Body Language

The author shares his findings on body language.

Eliminating the Dreaded "Um"

The author offers tips for public speaking and removing filler words like “um” from your speech.


Dude, I Kind of Dig the Word "Dude."

The author shares her views on the word "dude."

Words that are often confused

Some words are often confused by language learners – because they are similar to another word or because they look like a word in your own language but have a different meaning. Here are some words that often cause confusion.


Oddly enough, it may be that the word 'Nincompoop' has biblical associations.

Ghost Words

Sometimes dictionary entries have errors, and sometimes those errors turn into real words. Find out which words that you use had such an inauspicious start.

5 Fantastic Ways How Not to Learn English Words

The author shares some typical mistakes when English words are learnt and how to avoid them.

Multi-word verbs: Methods and approaches

The author shares some methods to help students deal with problems about multi-word verbs.

19 Confounding Discrepancies Between American English and British English

The author shares a number of words and their corresponding translations.


Blog better! The nine most common writing errors you can easily avoid starting right now

If you're a writer, blogger or journalist, pay close attention to this list so that you can avoid these common writing errors in your own work.