August 25, 2012

Weekly Finds: August 25, 2012

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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...

Common Misused Words In English

A post outlining 4 commonly misused words.


Learn how to use "versus."

11 Quick Grammar Refreshers For Fashion Bloggers

The author took some of the most common grammar errors in the English language and put them into hypothetical sentences for fashion bloggers.

“For example” vs. “for instance”

Is there any difference between “for example” and “for instance”?

10 English phrases for extreme emotion

More idioms for you.

It’s 2012 — Nix Latinisms in Your Legal Writing

Learn why Latin words and phrases are destructive to legal writing?

How Our Brains Stop Us From Achieving Our Goals (and How to Fight Back)

The author explains how to combat your brain's own brilliance, overcoming the instinctual reactions which often have devastating effects on your long-term goals.

Vocabulary test -- Spilled Catchphrases

List of catchphrases to improve our vocabulary skills.

Differences Between “Tend To” and “Intend To”

Both “tend” and “intend” are transition verbs which are very close to each other. we invite you to learn the differences though.

Zombie Nouns

Learn why nouns formed from other parts of speech - nominalizations - are called “zombie nouns.”

English Evolving Much More Slowly on the Internet than During the Renaissance

This article argues that text and internet speak is not destroying the sanctity of the English language.

The origin and meaning of the word “boob”

Boob, as the author discusses, has nothing to do with female body parts. It is a dunce, idiot, stupid or bumbling person, etc.

By popular demand: Transliteration vs. translation

Understanding the difference between language and the writing system is essential to understanding the difference between translation and transliteration.

Synonyms Words

Learn what synonyms are.

Writers should not fear jargon

The author argues that researchers use complex language for a specific purpose, and science writers should be clear about what those reasons are.

Why no "all in all" peeving?

The author presents a good discussion about the expression "all in all."

Zero Tolerance can’t work for grammar

Read the author's view on why this can't work for grammar errors.

What was the most common phrase in English 500 years ago?

MatjaĆŸ Perc of the University of Maribor, Slovenia has crunched the numbers, and analyzed the most commonly used words and phrases in English, stretching back to the 1500s.

Grammar Rules: Subject and Verb Agreement

Learn the various grammar rules surrounding subject-verb agreement.

Titled or Entitled?

Is a book titled or entitled?

Do we think with language or concepts?

Do we use conceptual or linguistic thinking? Does the question itself have a real meaning?

Phonetic re-analysis

This is one of the reasons why you should should improve your listening skills.

Communication skill includes words, voice, and body language

The key idea is that words, by themselves, are necessary but not sufficient to create meaning.

Quotable Quotes, or is it Quotations?

Which should you use?


The author shares valuable tips that we could use for our IELTS speaking exam.