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Into the Specifics of “Instill” and “Install

Apr 03, 2019

On top of having similar functions in sentences, some word pairs are spelled in almost the same way. “Instill” and “install” are two such words, having only one phonetic difference that could easily be mistaken for the other when spoken aloud. But however similar these two are in spelling and pronunciation, they are in no way interchangeable—they mean two different things. The similarity between “instill” and “install” can be drawn from their shared prefix “in-,” which means “into.” Their root words “still” and “stall” seem like variations of each other, but they actually come from two distinct Latin words. “Instill” takes most of its meaning from the Latin word “stillare,” “to dro......

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Do Blogs Bring Fake News?

Apr 02, 2019

As people become more politically aware through information on their social media, cries of “fake news” emerge from different camps trying to battle what they feel to be unethical journalism. While these complaints can sound like a public-relations strategy to keep politicos’ names clear of the dirt they’re receiving on the morning papers and the evening news, at face value, it’s a fair-enough concern. After all, it’s no secret that media corporations get to control the way that stories get framed for public consumption. But what about when common people disseminate news through their own social media platforms, like their personal blogs? Do news bloggers escape journalistic responsibi......

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Rainbow Rowell: Reimagining YA

Mar 28, 2019

Just when everyone thought young adult literature had hit a dead-end, with the genre comprising whatever the trend calls for—be it supernatural romances, dystopian revolutions, biographies of manic pixie dream girls, or overdone meet-cutes—one author did the unprecedented and offered a fresh take on these stories, all still injected with certain elements that are sure to capture every YA fan. This author is Rainbow Rowell. Rainbow Rowell worked in journalism before making a name as a novelist. She was a columnist and copywriter at Omaha World Herald for seventeen years before moving to an ad agency. While working in advertising, she wrote novels on the side. In 2011, her first man......

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Get in Formation: Differentiating “Regime”, “Regimen”, and “Regiment”

Mar 27, 2019

So many words in the English language end up sounding and looking alike, despite how far apart the meanings could be. This is often because the English language is pretty much made up of words from other languages, plus years and years of language evolution. More often than not, however, words that are spelled alike have similar root words or a usage similarity that can be traced historically. Such is the case for the words “regime”, “regimen”, and “regiment”. These three words are pretty confusing and are interchanged from time to time. This happens not only because they are spelled and pronounced similarly, but historically, two of these three words were actually once synonyms.......

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Character Development, Literally: Making Memorable and Substantial Characters

Mar 26, 2019

Fictional worlds are interesting and all, but it’s really the people in them that we relate to. Characters are the story players we get attached to (and cry about). They’re also the ones who drive the plot of the story as they affect and are affected by the world they move in. If only making characters were as easy as throwing sugar, spice, and everything nice into a container, then spilling Chemical X all over it. Sadly, as writers, we can’t create characters by smashing random things together. Like the people around us, they need backgrounds, personalities, and roles to be complete and believable. It does take a lot of careful planning and reflection (and maybe head-scratching......

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Why You Should Outsource Your Data Processing Needs

Mar 26, 2019

The fast pace of today’s world demands a lot from companies. From start-ups to major players, companies are pressured to generate huge profits while reducing the cost of their operations without sacrificing quality and brand reputation. Data processing tasks have been a huge burden to many companies as they take time away from more important job functions. Hence, many have turned to outsourcing as a solution. Outsourcing Outsourcing is a business practice where certain portions of work are being completed by suppliers instead of within the company itself. Small- and medium-scale enterprises often turn to outsourcing because they cannot afford to hire employees. Many known star......

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Bird Box Review: Looking Outside the Box

Mar 24, 2019

Imagine this, boating through a vast river. Simple, right? Now add this up, boating with two kids on the boat and then riding that boat in a postapocalyptic world where supernatural entities have killed off most of the population by forcing anyone who looks at them into suicide. You have no other choice to escape, survive, and stay alive—but all of these have to be done blindfolded. “All of it is heard, none of it is seen.” Such is the theme that led Bird Box into having the biggest first-week success of a Netflix movie, with the film being watched by about 45 million subscribers. Bird Box is a postapocalyptic thriller film released in 2018, which had its world premiere at the Am......

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Reviving Youth, Representing Minorities, and Reimagining the World: David Levithan

Mar 21, 2019

Since David Levithan’s first novel came out in 2003, he has been making waves not only in the literary industry but also in the hearts of young men and women. Levithan is most known for his vivacious and captivating romance titles, some of which present themes often deemed unusual as ordinarily as they should be. With titles like Boy Meets Boy, Two Boys Kissing, and Every Day, Levithan has given readers in and out of the LGBTQIA+ community tales to swoon over and find themselves in. Born in 1972 (some sources say it’s September 7, but we can’t be too sure) in Short Hills, New Jersey, Levithan himself described himself as fairly well-adjusted from childhood up to adulthood. Levitha......

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