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The Weighty Relationship Between “Ponder” and “Pound”

Ponder and pound respectively pertain figuratively and literally to weighing things, and this commonality isn’t a coincidence: The Latin word pondus, meaning “weight,” is the source of both words. Ponder, meaning “consider” or “reflect” (though the original senses were “appraise” and “estimate”), stems from the Latin term ponderare (with the same meaning), the verb form…

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5 Tips On Writing An Amazing Author Bio If You’re Not Well-Published

5 Tips On Writing An Amazing Author Bio If You’re Not Well-Published

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5 Ways to Make a Sentence More Concise

5 Ways to Make a Sentence More Concise

Expressing oneself clearly and concisely in speech is a challenge because one has so little time to order one’s thoughts and choose one’s wording carefully, but writing is easily improved with even the briefest review. Always read over what you have written (whether it’s a tweet or a book manuscript) before you distribute or publish…

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Sizzling Summer Writing Prompts

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9 Query Letter Phrases That Get Results

9 Query Letter Phrases That Get Results

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80 Idioms with the Word Time

80 Idioms with the Word Time

Considering that time is such a critical element in our lives, it’s no surprise that the word time should crop up so often in English idiomatic usage. Here’s a list of phrases that refer directly to time. 1. a devil of a time: said of an ordeal 2. a legend in one’s own time: one…

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Grammar Quiz #3: Possessives

Grammar Quiz #3: Possessives

All but one of the following sentences demonstrate incorrect style for treatment of possessives according to The Chicago Manual of Style; revise sentences as necessary: 1. I walked over to the Smith’s house. 2. The assignment is to identify and discuss “Great Expectations”’s theme. 3. I went to my aunt’s and uncle’s anniversary celebration. 4….

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Formatting Book Titles in the Digital Age

A reader wonders why he is seeing book titles presented in all capitals: I’ve even seen publishers and editors do it, so I started thinking maybe I was misinformed. Typing book titles in all caps is a peculiarity of the publishing industry. According to The Chicago Manual of Style, the practice originated in the days…

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The Weird World Of Writer Superstitions

The Weird World Of Writer Superstitions

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