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#1. February 23, 2011
Are you a WordPress fan? I am. Over the last twelve months, I have built more than forty sites with WordPress. Along the way, I learned a lot about getting things done with WordPress. A few days ago a friend asked me which premium WordPress theme I recommended. The short answer is Thesis. If the topic interests you, you can read my entire answer here.
See ya on the Net,
Barbara J. Feldman
"Surfing the Net with Kids"
#2. Commonly Confused Words
by Barbara J. Feldman
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When your sheep’s wool is long and curly, do you sheer it or shear it? When tired, do you lay down or lie down for a nap? Even native English speakers can be confused by homonyms and words that some teachers call “confusables.”
About: Grammar: Index of Commonly Confused Words
About.com’s Grammar and Composition Guide, Richard Nordquist, defines over 200 sets of commonly confused words. From A (“A, An, And”) to Y (“Your, You’re”), each word is defined, an example provided, and a few practice fill-in-the-blank sentences included. Don’t miss The Big Quiz, which tests 50 sets of “confusables.” To view the quiz without any ads (or to print it), use the Print icon in the upper right-hand corner.
Daily Writing Tips: Misused Words
“If most people’s employment of the word ‘literally’ doesn’t drive you mad, you’re probably guilty of a few misuses yourself. It’s one of the most common complaints of the grammar-savvy.” Daily Writing Tips is a delightful blog about writing skills. This particular page is an index to all their posts about misused words. It is full of treasures such as “Epiphany or Mere Realization”, “Hordes of People Shouldn’t Hoard”, and “Literally the Worst Mistake You Could Ever Make.” Related categories (listed in the left-hand menu) include Spelling, Vocabulary and Grammar 101.
Grammar Book: Confusing Words and Homonyms
Jane Straus, author of “The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation,” provides four pages of words that frequently cause confusion. Some words are simply defined, but others include grammar rules, sample sentences, and the occasional usage chart. The site also includes two interactive ten-question quizzes on the subject. To find them, click on FREE Online Quizzes in the left-hand nav menu, and look for More Confusing Words and Homonyms Quiz 1 and Quiz 2.
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#5. Surfing the Calendar
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Feb 23, 1836
George Harrison’s Birthday
Feb 25, 1943
First U.S. Chartered Passenger Railroad Service
Feb 28, 1827
National Craft Month
Whooping Crane Spring Migration
Mar 1 – May 7
Salem Witch Hysteria Begins
Mar 1, 1692
Yellowstone National Park Established
Mar 1, 1872
Korea Independence Movement Day
Mar 1, 1911
Silly Putty Debuts
Mar 1, 1950
#6. Quote of the Week
“I would define, in brief, the poetry of words as the rhythmical creation of beauty.” ~~ Edgar Allan Poe ~~ (January 19, 1809 – October 7, 1849) ~~ American writer, poet, editor and literary critic. Click here for more Edgar Allan Poe quotes.
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