September 22, 2012

Weekly Finds: September 22, 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...

The Gender-Neutral Pronoun: Still an Epic(ene) Fail

Dennis Baron of the Thinkmap Visual Thesaurus reports on the 150-year failed history of the gender-neutral pronoun in English.

corpus delicti

It is the concrete evidence that shows that a crime has been committed, for example, the body of the victim in the case of a murder.

'Legacy' launched as a verb

THE word legacy is now a verb, the government body tasked with re-actioning the English language has announced.

20 More Amazing Facts About Your Brain

The author shares the things which make the human brain amazing.

The Vocabulary Of Yes and Overcoming The Glamour Of No.

The author shares suggestions on how to avoid creating blocks to our creative thought and process.

12 Choices Your Future Self Will Thank You For

When life pushes you over, stand up and push back even harder. Where there is a fork in the road and choices to make, make the ones your future self will thank you for.

Common Errors in English: Difficult or Difficulty?

Learn the difference between the English words difficult and difficulty to avoid this common error in English.

Avoid These Pesky Writing Mistakes

The author takes a look at some of those pesky writing mistakes many people make.

34 redundant, repetitive, and superfluous phrases

Eliminate tautologies from your copy; your readers will thank you.

Why UK singers sound American

Why do British pop stars seem to sing with American accents?

Are you using the right word?

The author talks about misused words, or those you’ve confused with ones that have entirely different meanings.

Delete These Four Words to Improve Your Writing Right Now

The author shares four words we should delete right now to improve our own writing.


Here's a wealth of information about pronouns.

How to Teach the Present Simple

Here are some lessons about verbs. Teaching the present simple tense is one of the first, and most important tasks when teaching beginners.

Past Simple & Present Perfect

More lessons about verbs. The author teaches us an easy way to tell the difference between the past simple and present perfect.

3 Clear-Cut Steps to Quiet Your Inner Critic

The author shares 3 tips for us to escape the effects of our own destructive words.

Irregular Verb Wheel Game

Check out this cool game from the Macmillan Dictionary. It could help you improve on your Lexical Resource in IELTS Writing.

The Writing Class You Never Had

Let’s say you’ve never had a writing class in your life, but you really want to write. Let’s say you don’t know the first thing about grammar or the English language. How would you solve this?

The Top 10 Workplace Wank Words That Make Us Want To Travel

The author shares these Wank Words produced in meetings by people wanting to make themselves sound more important than they really are.

16 Old-Timey Slang Terms to Describe Being Drunk

The author shares his recently discovered words for “drunk.”

What Would You Attempt To Do If You Knew You Could Not Fail?

Interesting read. The author shares that it's not failure that's the problem, but our fear of failure that prevents us from attempting great things.

Flooding Vocabulary Throughout the Day

The author shares techniques that we can use to flood ourselves with vocabulary throughout the day so that we could improve our comprehension and literacy skills.

Grammar sticklers may have OCD

It used to be we thought that people who went around correcting other people’s grammar were just plain annoying. Now there’s evidence they are actually ill, suffering from a type of obsessive-compulsive disorder/oppositional defiant disorder (OCD/ODD). Researchers are calling it Grammatical Pedantry Syndrome, or GPS.

Wednesday Words: Empretzeled Politicians, Hybrid Gangs and More

Time NewsFeed's weekly highlight of our vocabulary includes useful, new, hilarious and surprising words (as well as some that are just fun to say).

Breathing and Resonance for Good Voice Production

The author shares techniques for improving one's ability to communicate is a significant step towards improving an individual's sense of self esteem and self confidence. Very useful for your IELTS Speaking exam.