December 15, 2012

Weekly Finds: December 15, 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...


Irregular verbs, dialects, and sockpuppets

The author shares his thoughts with regard to three posts at the Macmillan Dictionary Blog.

It’s All Grammar—So What?

The author shares his thoughts on the various definitions of grammar.

Knowing a language

If you say that you 'know' a particular language, what does that mean to you?

5 ways to eliminate prepositions

This guide can help you minimize their presence and strengthen your writing.

40 Pinterest Pins for Proud Grammar Nerds

While Pinterest may more often be used to collect inspiration for DIY projects and drool over insanely expensive couture, it is also an excellent resource for getting nerdy about grammar.


Do babies speak with an accent?

For a long time scientists presumed that infants' brains could not process sounds at all, but that's not true.

4 Qualities of Amazing Public Speakers

Want to become a great speaker? Develop these four essential qualities, and you'll be able to influence, inspire, and make a meaningful impact on your audience.

How to Use Quotes in Your Speech: 8 Benefits and 21 Tips

8 benefits of using quotations in your speech, and 21 tips for superpowering your presentations with effective quotes.


Literacy, Do We Need it Today?

The author discusses the benefits of being literate.

3 Keys To Full Potential Living

Begin - Believe - Become

Level Up Your Knowledge with These 6 Excellent Websites

Have you known a knowledgeable friend and wish you could be like them? Check out the 6 great websites that will boost your knowledge within 7 days!

300+ Educational Twitter Hashtags Being Used Right Now

There’s a Google Doc available to the public from Chiew Pang that lets you help build a useful database of helpful hashtags.

Ramp Up Your Writing Skills – Six Resources for Word Nerds

The author shares some resources for our grammar skills.

Ten Daily Habits That Make a (Good) Writer

The author shared an excerpt from A Writer’s Book of Days by Judy Reeves.


English test No. 93280: Investigation

Learn new vocabulary on investigations.

10 Sets of Doublet Nouns

The store of nouns in English, just like that of English verbs, is enhanced by the language’s generosity in permitting adaptation of words from other tongues more than once. In the case of most of the word pairs listed [in the post], the terms were introduced at different periods of history, hence their slight differences in spelling.

The Ways in Which We Mistake Our Words

Misuses of words are fast and frequent and come in any number of varieties. They are not all the same. Here are a few of the most likely ways we confuse our words, with examples to learn from.

5 Archaic Food Words That Should Be Revived (Or That Would Make Great Restaurant Names)

The author shares 5 words that she'd like to see brought back into usage.

Finding Meaningful Vocabulary in Daily Activities

The opportunity to learn is everywhere! Yes, opening a dictionary and looking up definitions and reviewing synonyms is important- you can’t always expect to know the exact meaning of a word without ever looking it up- but the key to being able to communicate in English, or in any second language, is to know how words are used in context.

Etymology of Swag

Learn why the "swag" is a misunderstood word.

Is “legitimize” legitimate?

The story of how to legitimate became to legitimize.

Different Suffixes for Different Contexts

Many words derived from Latin have two (and occasionally three or more) possible plural forms. The distinction is usually between popular usage based on English plural endings grafted onto Latin terms and scientific or technical form based on a traditional reading of the original language. Here are discussions of alternatives for plural forms of six types of word endings.

Language tip of the week: maybe and perhaps

Here is some advice about using the adverbs maybe and perhaps.

How ‘Shrek’ Persuaded Me to Let the Words Fly

The author shares how "Shrek" author William Steig inspired her to use a more broad and extravagant vocabulary around her children.

Britishisms and the Britishisation of American English

There appears to be little that irks a British language pedant more than Americanisms entering the British vocabulary. But it is also happening the other way round.