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Grammar Chaos: Appreciate the Apostrophe

Jan 25, 2017

Of all the punctuation marks we have, I feel bad for the apostrophe the most. Why? Out of all the punctuation marks, the apostrophe seems to be the one that everyone misuses. In fact, several websites even compiled list of signs, ads, and other public media that misused the apostrophe. (In case you don’t believe me, go to or There’s even a society for the proper use of apostrophes! (Again, here’s the link for you nonbelievers: Apostrophes are a simple thing. They are used in possessives and contractions. Plurals don’t need an apostrophe. See, the rules are that simple. Regardless, a lot of people enjo......

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What’s Your Style? The CMS Format

Jan 24, 2017

Academic papers always follow a style guide. More often than not, these style guides are APA, MLA, or CMS. The CMS or the Chicago Manual of Style was created by the University of Chicago Press. Although the CMS is sometimes used for research in the humanities, it is more often utilized as a publication style guide. Started in 1891, the CMS used to be just a simple pamphlet used by editors and typesetters. As the influx of published materials grew, so did the CMS. Now in its sixteenth edition, the CMS is over a thousand pages long. Because the CMS is more for general publication than academic papers, it is a lot less complex and more flexible. While it dictates margin sizes and s......

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A Series of Unfortunate Events: Uncles and Iguanas and Snakes, Oh My!

Jan 21, 2017

Life is a conundrum of esoterica.—Uncle Monty One of the consistent things about the series is the constant warnings from both the writer Lemony Snicket and Count Olaf (through the opening credits) for the audience to stop watching. Despite these warnings, however, the story continues. The third and fourth episodes of the Netflix series are an adaptation of the series’s second novel, The Reptile Room. The episode continues from the event where the Baudelaire orphans are taken away from Count Olaf after being maltreated. The episode starts with the Baudelaires being taken to their uncle, a herpetologist named Dr. Montgomery “Monty” Montgomery. Monty is shown to be really......

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Decoding Dan Brown

Jan 19, 2017

While some readers read to escape, others do so to further stimulate their minds. And there is no shortage of writers who are great at creating mind-boggling stories that will leave readers with more questions than answers. Thriller author Dan Brown is someone who has succeeded in doing so. With fewer than ten titles under his belt, all his novels are not only great stories but also great puzzles. The eldest of three children, Brown was born in New Hampshire to musician parents. His father taught math at Phillips Exeter Academy and wrote textbooks. Brown eventually graduated from the same academy. Brown has been interested in puzzles, ciphers, and cryptographs since childhood......

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Grammar Chaos: Should We Ax the Oxford?

Jan 18, 2017

A newspaper had this to say about a documentary about Merle Haggard: “The documentary was filmed over three years. Among those interviewed were his two ex-wives, Kris Kristofferson and Robert Duvall.” This seemingly harmless sentence caused a debate to spark between two factions in the world of English grammar: the pro-Oxfords and the anti-Oxfords. The argument? Whether or not there should be a comma separating the names of the two latter names. For those who are not in the know, the Oxford comma is the punctuation mark that comes before the word “and.” To illustrate, users of the Oxford comma would say, “I had eggs, toast, and coffee for breakfast,” while those against it......

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What’s Your Style? Harvard Referencing

Jan 17, 2017

One of the most important things to remember when writing an academic paper is citing your sources. Depending on what style guide you apply, the kind of citation you use may vary. Citation types include footnotes, endnotes, and parenthetical citations. Parenthetical citation or in-text citation is also called Harvard citation. However, there is no direct link between the Harvard University and the style. The reason it was named such is that this type of citation was first used by Harvard professors in the nineteenth century. Harvard referencing is not a full academic style guide but simply a system for referencing. It comes in two forms: in-text citations and a reference list.......

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A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Good, the Bad, and the Unfortunate

Jan 14, 2017

I am Count Olaf, the renowned actor and your new guardian. You're welcome.—Count Olaf After a mildly successful film and the end of a thirteen-novel series, fans of A Series of Unfortunate Events are sure to fawn over the latest adaptation of Snicket’s tales on Netflix. The complete first season of A Series of Unfortunate Events consisting of eight episodes was released on the streaming website on January 13, 2017. The first season adapts the first four books in the series. The series has been renewed for a second season, which will span ten episodes on the next five books, and a third season is expected to adapt the final four. The first two episodes adapt the first novel, Th......

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Amy Tan: Storyteller of Chinese American Experience

Jan 12, 2017

As individuals, immigrants experience the world differently. They are often confused in choosing between a culture that is in their blood and one that surrounds them. Amy Tan is one writer who explores the experiences of Chinese Americans as well as their families. Born in the United States to immigrant parents from China, Amy grew up with the same expectations that Asian children knew all too well. Her parents wanted her to become a doctor and a concert pianist. Secretly, she wanted to be an artist. Growing up, Amy tried her best to meet her parents’ expectations. Following several family tragedies, including the death of her father and brother, Amy earned a double degree in E......

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