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Grammar Chaos: Seeing Double

Jan 13, 2019

When typing sentences, do you hit the space bar twice or just once? If you’re wondering why someone would double-space after sentences, well, you were probably born in the late 1990s or in the 2000s, so read on to find out. One of the hottest debates in editing these days involve the humble space bar. Apparently, people are still arguing whether or not a double space is required after sentences, considering that we all use computers. For someone who’s been using computers all their life, this may seem like a no-brainer. However, let’s go back to a time before computers were as sleek and small as they are today. When typesetting was new, all characters were given the same space to......

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Moving Words and Moving Pictures: Stephen Chbosky

Jan 10, 2019

In the late nineties, one novel—film director and screenwriter Stephen Chbosky’s only novel—resonated with a self-conflicted yet emotionally rich generation of young adults. Since then, he has been dubbed one of the most moving and intimate storytellers for young American readers, turning the spotlight on teen issues, childhood trauma, and lasting friendships. Chbosky was born on January 25, 1970, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, his mother a tax preparer and his father an executive and consultant at a steel factory. As a fan of “the classics, horror, and fantasy, the young Chbosky admired the novels of F. Scott Fitzgerald, Tennessee Williams, and J. D. Salinger—particularly The Catch......

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Blogging 101: Where Did Blogs Begin?

Jan 08, 2019

For most of the millennial generation, blogs have always been around. But as with everything else, even blogging has its origin. Let’s take a step back into the ’90s and see where it all began. Online Diaries of the ’90s The first blog is said to be created by Justin Hall back in 1994. Around this time, the word “blog” hadn’t been coined, so it was called a personal home page. Originally, these home pages were used to log in diary entries on the web. Thus, the word “weblog” was first coined in 1997 by Jorn Barger of Robot Wisdom. In 1998, the first known blog on a traditional website was created by Jonathan Dube for The Charlotte Observer. Defining the Word “Blog” In 19......

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Grammar Chaos: Nauseated and Nauseous

Jan 03, 2019

Ever felt woozy? Felt like vomiting? Except you don’t know the right word for it? The term you’re looking for is nauseated. No, you’re not seeing it wrong. The word for when you’re feeling dizzy or sick is nauseated, not nauseous. If you’re scratching your head now, embarrassed for the dozens of times you’ve misused the word, don’t fret! Nauseous and nauseating have been interchanged by many people. Even the best speakers of the English language are prone to the pitfalls of these terms. Let’s pick these two apart and get to the root of each word. Be warned: the ride may make you, err, nauseated. Before we get right ahead, we have to understand first that one of the main reasons......

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The History of Fiction: Defining and Discovering Fiction

Jan 01, 2019

We all create fiction in our heads: replaying and reimagining scenarios or thinking up alternate worlds. Putting them on paper is trickier because we have to be careful about defining the stories we write: Is this still fiction or not? You can never go wrong by going back to the dictionary definition. Let’s list down some relevant entries for “fiction” from the trusty Merriam-Webster Dictionary: something invented by the imagination or feigned; specifically: an invented story fictitious literature (such as novels or short stories) a work of fiction; especially: novel the action of feigning or of creating with the imagination Other sources expand this definition to cover w......

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Grammar Chaos: Who (or What) Is Noel?

Dec 26, 2018

“The first Noel, the angels did say, Was to certain poor shepherds in fields as they lay.” The First Noel is one of the many Christmas carols we hear on repeat during the holiday season. Come to think of it, “Noel” is a word that we hear over and over during Christmas. Who or what is Noel? And what did they have to do with the first Christmas? We at 1-Hour Proofreading did a bit of research, and we found, well, a lot of things. The word nowel appears in Middle English and was defined in the 1828 version of Webster’s Dictionary as “a shout of joy or Christmas song.” The word is also in the modern dictionary, meaning either (a) a Christmas carol or (b) the Christmas season. The w......

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O. Henry: Wit Beyond Measure

Dec 21, 2018

The great thing about short stories is that you can read them in one sitting. However, not all authors are so great at creating small stories that pack a huge punch. William Sydney Porter, better known as O. Henry, is one author who sure knew the meaning of great gifts in small packages. Porter was born in Greensboro, North Carolina, in 1862. When he was three, his mother died of tuberculosis, after which he and his father lived with his paternal grandmother. He loved books as a child, reading classics and dime novels. He and his father received support from relatives. He studied with his aunt until he was fifteen years old and then started working with his uncle, who owned a drug......

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Grammar Chaos: X Marks the Spot

Dec 19, 2018

Anyone who has celebrated Christmas is familiar with these words that can be found in some Christmas cards: “Merry Xmas!” Many religious people say that using Xmas instead of Christmas takes out the essence of the celebration. After all, there won’t be any Christmas without Christ. But did you know that the X in Xmas actually stands for “Christ”? Read on to find out more. The New Testament was originally written in Greek, so Jesus’s name translates to Christos (Χριστός). Using the Greek alphabet, the first letter of the Greek spelling is chi or X. In the early fourth century, Constantine popularized a shorthand version of Christ’s Greek name, which he printed on a military banner......

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