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Grammar Chaos: The Red Tape between Elicit and Illicit

Nov 14, 2018

Have you ever caught yourself trying to tell apart similar-sounding words such as elicit and illicit? If you can’t wrap your head around these homophones, here’s a bit of help! Some people know things that other people don’t—at least when the latter are still young. For example, kids aren’t allowed to watch some TV shows or movies that adults watch because of “grown-up” themes. Soon, these same kids grow up and realize that certain words that sound alike often don’t mean the same thing. So what was it the grown-ups were watching? Elicit or illicit content? We’ll put your mind to rest by starting with the answer to the above question, which is illicit. Merriam-Webster (MW) defines......

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Once Upon a Time: A Swan Song

Nov 12, 2018

Once Upon a Time bid farewell to its audiences last May 18 after seven seasons on the air. Although the final season featured an almost-fully revamped cast, the original Storybrooke squad returned for the show’s swan song. Once Upon a Time (OUAT) premiered back in 2011 with a promising plot: Emma Swan, a tough and cunning bail bondsperson, is greeted on her 28th birthday by her son at her door. Her son, Henry, later explains that she has to travel to a small town in Maine called Storybrooke, where lived a cast of characters eerily similar to the ones in the fairy-tale book that Henry has. Henry believes Emma was the daughter of Snow White and Prince Charming, and the Savior who wi......

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On Vlogging and Vanquishing Mental Illness: John Green

Nov 08, 2018

With intimate, inspiring stories that have captured today’s youth and shed light on various social issues—such as mental and physical illness, peer pressure, and LGBT—vlogger and author John Green has stood as a rising figure in American young adult fiction for over a decade. However, not many readers know that his stories are almost autobiographical in nature, as he has lived his whole life fighting demons of his own. Green was born on August 24, 1977, in Indianapolis, Indiana, the elder of Mike and Sydney Green’s two sons. Shortly after Green’s birth, the family moved to Michigan and Alabama before eventually settling in Florida. When Green was around six years old, he began to......

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Grammar Chaos: Getting Away with Allude and Elude

Nov 07, 2018

Allude and elude both refer to actions of ambiguity or avoidance, hence their frequent use in descriptions of evasive characters, secrets, mysteries, and, at times, crimes. Aside from this similarity in usage, these two verbs are also spelled and pronounced similarly, which sometimes leads to the wrong word being used in place of the other—a fitting irony considering the meaning of these words. But while allude and elude sound very much alike, they have completely different meanings. It’s always good to go back to the roots first. Both allude and elude were derived from the Latin word ludere, which means “to play with” or “to mock.” It’s from this etymology that one can draw thei......

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Nora Ephron: The Silver Screen Angel

Nov 01, 2018

Nothing goes better with ice cream and a broken heart than a good old-fashioned romantic comedy. Romantic comedies or rom-coms have been around for a long time and have become a staple in any film fan’s movie collection. When it comes to rom-coms, no one does them better than Nora Ephron, a critically acclaimed screenwriter, director, and essayist. Born in New York and raised in LA, Ephron is one of the four daughters of the writing duo of Henry Ephron and Phoebe Wolkind. Like their parents, the Ephron sisters also grew up to become writers themselves. In 1962, Ephron finished her education at Wellesley College, with a degree in political science. She became an intern at the Whit......

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Grammar Chaos: Clearing the Name—Bad Rap vs. Bad Rep

Oct 31, 2018

Having a bad rap is potentially life-ruining. It doesn’t matter whether you actually did something or not to earn that negative image: it’s not easy to do anything when you’ve got a red flag that implies “Hey, this one’s sort of dodgy, and they might make a mess of things.” In the same way, it can be embarrassing to misuse the phrase bad rap (watch out for the grammar police!). It can tarnish your reputation—more so if you’re a writer. So let’s clear things up before that happens. Understandably, bad rap is sometimes confused with bad rep because they sound so alike and have nearly the same meaning. To be perfectly clear, one of them is a valid phrase while the other is a mistake......

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The Postwar Playwright: Arthur Miller

Oct 25, 2018

In the wake of the early to mid-twentieth century, a period of postwar devastation and depression in the United States, Arthur Miller penned plays that scrutinized a troubled and self-reflecting American generation trying to pick up the pieces of historical change. In so doing, he redefined American theater and opened the world’s eyes to an otherwise unglamorous side to the “American Dream.” Miller was born on October 17, 1915, in Harlem, New York, to a Polish and Jewish immigrant family. His father’s clothing manufacturing business, once prosperous, failed as a result of the Great Depression, putting the Miller family in dire financial straits and young Arthur to work after gradu......

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Spooky Syntax: Frankenwords

Oct 24, 2018

Everything has an origin story. Be it man or monster, everything comes from something. Surprisingly, this is not true for all the words in the English language. Below is a list of English words that seemed to have popped out of nowhere, much like Dr. Frankenstein’s homemade monster. Boy In the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, the word gurle/gyrle was used to indicate children of either gender. The word knave would precede it to indicate that the “girl” was male, so a "knave girl" would be a male child. It is possible that female children were just referred to as “girls,” and later on, the word girl adapted to mean “female child.” However, the word boy being used for male c......

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