January 19, 2013

Weekly Finds: January 19, 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...


If someone tells you singular 'they' is wrong, please do tell them to get stuffed

The author discusses the use of the pronoun "their" as a singular possessive.

Avoiding Sexism in Legal Writing—The Pronoun Problem

The author suggests solutions on how to avoid sexism in legal writing.

Lost battles in the grammar wars

Ambiguity is usually worse than the grammatical mistakes that so often irritate people.

See Me After Class

The author shares her thoughts on a proofread made by a certain teacher.

Funny Grammar Mistakes On Signs In America [20 Pics]

The English language is tricky & everyone makes grammar mistakes every now and then. This collection of grammar mistakes on signs in the U.S. is hilarious.

Commas in lists

Commas are used to separate list items.

Singular verb or plural verb – what to use?

Know which one to use when using 'together with,' 'as well as,' 'along with,' 'either,' 'neither,' and 'or.'


Is There A Right Time To Teach Reading?

Jason D. Yeatman, a psychologist at the Stanford University Center for Cognitive and Neurobiological Imaging, and his colleagues report in a new study that in order to learn to read, a young child’s brain must be developed enough to process the information, but still capable of fast growth, according to a new longitudinal study published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Brain Scientists Seek Developmental Sweet Spot for Learning to Read

Could a brain scan one day be added to the normal developmental measures children receive at the pediatrician's office before starting school?

Music to Our Ears: The Story of MP3s

MP3s became the standard for online music and changed the music industry forever. How did it all start?

The Story Behind the Most Controversial Dictionary Ever

David Skinner's The Story of Ain't tells the story of Webster's Third, the most controversial dictionary ever assembled. Here, Skinner tells us the story of the dictionary that was referred to as "literary anarchy."

Why do humans walk in circles?

It's a trusted plot device of many a thriller. The lost protagonists stagger for hours through creepy forest only to end up back where they started. In fact the idea that humans walk in circles is no urban myth. This was confirmed by Jan Souman and colleagues in a 2009 study, in which participants walked for hours at night in a German forest and the Tunisian Sahara. But the question remains - why?


Boredom has more to do with you than the situation

It's your own fault if you're bored, a new study confirms.

Whip Your Memory Into Shape: Mind Strengthening Tricks

Do you experience difficulty recalling information you need to use? Is memory loss becoming something that affects your ability to perform daily tasks? The insights here can aid in improving memory.


"What for" Analysis

The author shares her findings on the expression "What for."

Brit Language: How to Spell like a Brit

English with all it’s grammar rules and the exceptions to those rules, is hard enough, but differentiating between British English and American English spellings can be confusing.

12 Most Awesomest Words to Add into Your Daily Vocabulary

Marc Ensign hits all corners of the dictionary with the 12 Most Awesomest Words to Add into Your Daily Vocabulary.

Best of P-Mag: “Female” is an Adjective: You Got Your Grammar in My Feminism!

The author criticizes the dehumanizing and demeaning use of the word "female."

Americans are barmy over Britishisms

Snippets of British vernacular that were until recently as rare as kidney pie on these shores are cropping up in the daily speech of Americans.

40 Enlightening Latin Phrases By The World’s Greatest Minds

Here’s 40 wise and enlightening Latin phrases, designed to inspire and give you food for thought. Centuries on, there’s still some thought-provoking pearls of wisdom to be shared – and a few giggles as well.