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The Secret Emotional Lives of 5 Punctuation Marks

The Secret Emotional Lives of 5 Punctuation Marks


Punctuation is the homely, workaday cousin to the glamorous word. It works quietly in the background, sweeping up and trying to keep the information flow tidy, while words prance around spilling thought, meaning, and feeling all over the place. Punctuation marks accept their utilitarian roles, but they too carry feelings, and…

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Please Stop “Celebrating” Banned Books Week

Please Stop “Celebrating” Banned Books Week

Grab a copy of Speak or of Catcher in the Rye or of any of Toni Morrison’s books. With the kickoff of Banned Books Week, it’s high time to talk about these books and what it is that makes them scary and worth banning.

This is pretty well-tread territory. The content inside of books scares people and as a reaction and a way to control what it is others have access to…

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Five errors that immediately get your resume rejected at Google

Five errors that immediately get your resume rejected at Google

Papers on tableAvoid the reject pile. Reuters/Michaela Rehle


Laszlo BockSenior vice president of people operation, Google

I’ve sent out hundreds of resumes over my career, applying for just about every kind of job. I’ve personally reviewed more than 20,000 resumes. And at Google we sometimes get more than 50,000 resumes in a single week.

I have seen a lot of resumes.

Some are brilliant,…

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19 Everyday Expressions That Came from Aesop

19 Everyday Expressions That Came from Aesop

Craig S Baker Wikimedia Commons

Aesop: we’ve all heard the name, and most of us are familiar with at least a few of his fables with the anthropomorphized animals facing extremely unrealistic yet entertaining dilemmas.

There is no concrete evidence that the ancient Greek moralist and former slave we call Aesop ever wrote down any of his stories (in fact, it was several…

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25 Words For Other Words

25 Words For Other Words


One of the intriguing things about languages is that they eventually develop vocabularies comprehensive enough to describe themselves, often down to their smallest units and components. So as well as drawing a distinction between nouns, verbs, and adjectives, we can talk about things like synonyms (happy, content) and antonyms (happy, sad); homophones (oar, ore,

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Stop Trying To Be So Efficient!

Stop Trying To Be So Efficient!

by Allan A.

It’s a go-go-go world. Read. Act. Write. Send. Repeat. We are just machines using machines to be faster machines. From the top down, we’ve all been instructed for decades to get things done more efficiently. What’s it gotten us?

Are law firms and accounting firms sending staff home because they worked so fast on their deliverables? Probably not.

Are software developers standing…

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3 Reasons why taking a break makes us more productive

3 Reasons why taking a break makes us more productive

Last week I took off to Montana with some good friends for a few days lake-side. We mountain biked, paddle-boarded, wake surfed and bon-fired our brains out of work mode and was fabulous.

It’s now a new week and I am back to work feeling like a million bucks. In wondering why I am feeling so ready to take on the world, I did a little research into the science behind the…

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Why Isn’t ‘Arkansas’ Pronounced Like ‘Kansas’?

Why Isn’t ‘Arkansas’ Pronounced Like ‘Kansas’?

Arika Okrent

Kansas and Arkansas aren’t so far from each other on the map, but their names seem to want nothing to do with each other. Though they share all but two letters in common, Kansas comes out as “KANzis” and Arkansas as “ARkansaw.” Why so different?

Kansas was named for the Kansa, a Siouan tribe that lived in the region. The Kansa people were called, in plural,…

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A Professor’s Pointers for Success in College: 21 Easy-to-Follow Tips

A Professor’s Pointers for Success in College: 21 Easy-to-Follow Tips

is a mom, prof. at St. Lawrence U. & author of the bullying-prevention play Have You Filled a Bucket Today?

It’s about that time again. Sleepy college towns will begin to awaken, abuzz with an excitement that only college students can inspire. Young scholars will soon arrive on college and university campuses, ready, or not so…

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Where Did The Ampersand Symbol Come From?

Where Did The Ampersand Symbol Come From?


The symbol we know as the ampersand first appeared in some graffiti on a Pompeian wall around the first century A.D. It wasn’t called an “ampersand” at the time—it was just a ligature of the cursive letters “E” and “T” forming the Latin word et, which means “and.” (This is why “etc.” is sometimes written “&c”.)

At first, & had competition for use, as…

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