By Ana Valenzuela What do books like Sara Gruen’s Water for Elephants, which was turned into a movie that starred Reese Witherspoon and Robert Pattinson, Fangirl by bestselling young adult author Rainbow Rowell, and The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern have in common? They were all written in the month of November and are among the many finishers of the National Novel Writing Month or NaNoWriMo. Every November, writers come together and attempt to compose a 50,000-word manuscript in 30 days. Started in 1999, NaNoWriMo has expanded and reached the Philippine shores for more than a decade now. Apart from the books mentioned above, there are a lot of other novels that started out as as NaNoWriMo projects, and were later on edited and completed. The editing and rewriting process often happen after November. Joining is easy as there are no fees to pay. All you need is a computer, a story in mind, and the sheer determination to make that story into a novel. Anton Chua, one of the … [Read more...] about Writing a Novel in a Month
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IF you were in management, how would you accept sharing financial information with the employees? If this sounds like suicide to you, then pardon my Japanese. But if you’ve an open mind and would like to understand a different view, then this piece is for you. Since time immemorial, one of the root causes of conflict is our lack of sincerity and transparency in dealing with people. If there is no record to talk about or if the document proves to be lacking in substance and procedure, then we readily perceive the concerned individuals to be evil, corrupt, and morally bankrupt. Really, perception is one great equalizer by people who are always left in the dark. Joseph Pulitzer (1847-1911), a newspaper publisher and former congressman from New York who led a crusade against corruption said, “there is not a crime, there is not a dodge, there is not a trick, there is not a swindle, and there is not a vice which does not live by secrecy.” If you’re not telling it … [Read more...] about Open-book management: Using ‘transparency’ in a sentence
It’s bound to happen sometime to any writer, whether professional or not, when he or she unwittingly strings together far too many words to form the subject of a sentence, and then doesn’t bother to check how excruciatingly tough to read the resulting sentence becomes. “The initial euphoria generated within the LGBT community by the preliminary document released in connection with the two-week synod of over 200 bishops from around the world to discuss issues facing 21st century Catholic families was short-lived.” The subject of that sentence takes all of 35 words to form just a faintly discernible idea—“the initial euphoria generated within the LGBT community by the preliminary document released in connection with the two-week synod of over 200 bishops from around the world to discuss issues facing 21st century Catholic families”—and by then the reader is already too flustered by information overload to fathom what that subject is all … [Read more...] about Bedlam when the verb shows up very late in long sentences
THIS very interesting grammar question was e-mailed to me recently by a senior citizen and triathlon enthusiast who calls himself Tritorns: “I am a practicing lawyer. I have read many court decisions that alternately use the word ‘memorandum’ or ‘memoranda’ in the following sentence: ‘All the parties are ordered to submit their respective memorandum or memoranda.’ My question is: Which is more grammatical, ‘memorandum’ or ‘memoranda’?” My reply to Tritorns: It’s therefore grammatically faulty for the singular “memorandum” to be preceded by “respective.” On the other hand, the plural “memoranda” and its plural variant “memorandums” can both be premodified by “respective.” To be grammatically aboveboard, therefore, lawyers should write: “All the parties are ordered to submit their respective memoranda” or “All the parties are ordered … [Read more...] about Is it grammatical to use ‘respective memorandum’ in court decisions?
THIS intriguing grammar question was posted recently in Jose Carillo’s English Forum by member Miss Mae: “Sir, in the sentence below from an article in the Humanity in Action website, why is there no ‘had’ before the verb ‘developed’? “‘The communist legacy of isolation and the consequent stereotypes that developed also exerted a huge influence on the self-perception of people with disabilities.’” It’s clear from your question that you considered that sentence to be in the past perfect tense, so it should have used the verb form “had developed” instead of “developed” to read as follows: “The communist legacy of isolation and the consequent stereotypes that had developed also exerted a huge influence on the self-perception of people with disabilities.” Using the past perfect form “had developed” in that sentence is incorrect, however. This is because the sentence you quoted … [Read more...] about What a sentence needs to take a true perfect tense
The most annoying word in the English language is "whatever" In fact, it has been the most annoying word since last eight years, according to a newly released poll by the Marist Institute for Public Opinion. Poll results say that "whatever" irritates 38% of Americans, and is followed by "no offence, but" with 20%. In third place is, "You know, right," which annoys 14% of people, tied with "I can't even." While "whatever" remained on top position as the most annoying English word with 38% votes, it was down from the 43% in 2015 when it was considered loathsome. So what is it about "whatever" that's so annoying? According to The Oxford Dictionary, the informal definition of "whatever" is, "Said as a response indicating a reluctance to discuss something, often implying indifference." What English word do you find most annoying? Comment below to let us know. Other related stories you should check out: It's a valid English word, peeps! says.com A total of 19 words have been to the … [Read more...] about What’s The Most Annoying Word In The English Language?
When you don’t know the meaning of a word, there’s one obvious place to turn: the dictionary. Naturally, some words tend to confuse people more than others, as evidenced by Merriam-Webster’s list of the 10 most looked-up words in its online dictionary. So what are the most sought-after definitions in the English language? Probably not what you expect. You won’t find hyper-obscure scientific terms, for example, because not enough people know them to bother looking them up. Rather, the most looked-up words are ones that are “middle of the road linguistically” – common enough to perpetually perplex readers, as Merriam-Webster lexicographer Kory Stamper told Business Insider. Pretentious Someone is pretentious if they express unwarranted or exaggerated importance, worth, or stature. Think beer snobs or Prius drivers, as the stereotypes go. Ubiquitous Ubiquitous is used to describe something that is widespread and constantly … [Read more...] about These are the 10 most confusing words in the English language
Civil-rights attorney Larry Krasner won the race for Philadelphia’s district attorney on in a blowout. Krasner’s big victory can be traced to massive canvassing and get-out-the-vote operations by local activists and organizers. Many of Philadelphia’s progressive organizations formed a coalition after the election of President Donald Trump to maximize their impact on local politics. By the time Larry Krasner entered the William Way LGBT Center in Philadelphia Tuesday night, his victory party had already become something like a family reunion. The ballroom was packed, sweaty with supporters. Dotted around the room were the local activists who led canvassing efforts that helped drive the civil-rights attorney to a landslide victory in the Philadelphia district attorney’s race. Todd Wolfson, a veteran local organizer, looked around the room and shared glances with many of the city’s … [Read more...] about The inside story of how Trump united a city of activists to elect the most progressive district attorney in a generation
Civil rights attorney Larry Krasner is the heavy front-runner to win the race to be Philadelphia’s next district attorney, a powerful position in the heavily incarcerated city. While he has never served in government, he has a long career of suing police for civil rights abuses and defending activists in court. District attorneys’ races have become the frontline in the battle to reform criminal justice and end “mass incarceration,” with millions of dollars being poured into local races over the last year. Civil rights attorney Larry Krasner has always been obsessed with what it takes to make change. At the age of 11, he got into a debate with his Sunday School teacher about whether it was right to break the law for the greater good. The two were arguing over the Civil Rights movement and protests over the Vietnam War – events that shaped his life and perspective. Today, Krasner is running for district … [Read more...] about The most progressive candidate in a generation sued police 75 times — now, he’s poised to run law enforcement in one of the US’s biggest cities
There’s nothing more embarrassing than having someone point out a writing mistake and realizing you’ve been making it everyday. I mean, it’s probably effected your professional relationships for awhile. So take my advise – have someone proofread your report before you submit it to your boss. If you found all four mistakes in the paragraph above, kudos to you! If not, let’s talk. Using data from millions of its subscribers, Microsoft recently rounded up a list of the 10 most confusing word pairs in the English language. The findings come from people who use Microsoft Word and/or Outlook, each of which comes with a tool called Editor. Editor highlights spelling and grammar errors and makes suggestions to help improve your writing. A document riddled with mistakes can create a bad impression, according to Nicole Michel, a linguist who is also a project manager at Microsoft. She said: “If you send a CV to a potential employer and … [Read more...] about Here are the most commonly confused words in the English language, according to Microsoft