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Grammar Chaos: How Can Something So Similar Be So Different?

Feb 06, 2019

Different and indifferent are two words that sound like they are related. The only difference between the two is the prefix in-. Using context clues, we could infer that indifferent could mean “same” since the prefix in- makes the root mean the opposite. However, that inference is wrong. Different and indifferent may look and sound similar, but they’re meanings are pretty, well, different. Let’s start with the easier of the two. The word different is an adjective which means “not the same, various, diverse, or unlike most others.” Different has its roots in the Latin verb differe, which means “to set apart.” Here are some examples of its usage. The competition guidelines are......

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Blogging 101: Staging Done Right—Picking a Blog Platform

Feb 05, 2019

Blogs have developed from online diaries into digital resumes and marketing tools. With the boom that blogging has experienced in the 2000s, many developers have jumped onto the blog bandwagon, creating user-friendly platforms that will help even the least computer-literate person create and manage their own blog. Below are five of the most popular and most user-friendly blogging websites. If you already have a blog goal in mind, read on to find out which platform your blog will shine the most. Blogger This platform has been around since 1999, so that tells you it has withstood the test of time. Blogger made it to the forefront of the internet when it was purchased by Goog......

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Margaret Atwood set to publish The Handmaid’s Tale sequel in September

Feb 04, 2019

The Handmaid’s Tale author Margaret Atwood announced via Twitter on November 28 that she is working on a sequel to the original novel, titled The Testaments. The Handmaid’s Tale is set in the near-future United States, where the government has been turned into a totalitarian state known as Gilead following a crisis that caused infertility, infant death, and a dwindling population. In Gilead, women serve as “handmaids” whose primary purpose is to give birth to children for powerful families. Despite being published in 1985, The Handmaid’s Tale has gained popularity recently, largely due to Hulu’s series adaptation of the novel. Moreover, the story resonates with many people as its......

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Shadowhunters, a Series Overview—Into the World of Angels, Demons, and Everything in Between

Feb 03, 2019

“All the legends are true.” This is what Jace Wayland tells Clary Fray, as she and the audience are thrown into the dangerous Shadow World. Airing on FreeForm since January 12, 2016, is Shadowhunters, the latest live-action adaptation of Cassandra Clare’s acclaimed book series Mortal Instruments. While more faithful to the books, it retells the story in a more modern light. Shadowhunters follows redhead Clarissa “Clary” Fray in New York. Clary celebrates her 18th birthday with her childhood best friend, Simon, not knowing a typical fun night at the club would quickly turn into a bloody showdown between Shadowhunters and demons. The young Fray is then forced to choose: her ol......

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Khaled Hosseini: A Voice for Afghanistan

Jan 31, 2019

In times of trouble, chaos, and confusion, art is something that people turn to for escape. However, art has also become a means through which thoughts, opinions, and ideas are discussed. Some authors, such as Khaled Hosseini, tell their own stories in the hopes of making more people understand their struggles. Author Khaled Hosseini was born in Kabul, Afghanistan. Because of the nature of his father’s work, Hosseini grew up in various parts of the world. Hosseini and his family always thought that they would eventually return to Afghanistan and live there for good. Unfortunately, this was not to be. In 1978, the Saur Revolution occurred, leading them to seek asylum in the United......

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Grammar Chaos: Differentiating Inter- and Intra-

Jan 30, 2019

Affixes enrich our language: they add new layers of meaning to each word they’re attached to. They may seem simple, but they can be just as confusing as whole words, if not more head-scratching. Used properly, these prefixes add distinct nuances to words, but one careless mistake could instantly muddle the whole message. Two common victims of such misuse are the prefixes inter- and intra-, likely because they have the same first three letters and have broad similarities in meaning. Today, we’ll help fix this prefix mess. Both of these prefixes have the purpose of modifying words in terms of their application and range, but they are on entirely different ends of that spectrum. Inte......

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The History of Fiction: How Fiction Came to Be

Jan 29, 2019

Fiction’s been around for a long time, and the number of imaginary worlds in our universe just keeps expanding. But where did it all begin? Who first wrote their daydream down and called it fiction? ...

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Netflix Confirms To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before Sequel

Jan 28, 2019

To all the fans of Netflix’s To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, you don’t have to wait long. It has recently been confirmed that the sequel to the Netflix original film is officially happening, with the starring cast reprising their roles. Based on Jenny Han’s YA romance novel, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before follows the story of high-schooler Lara Jean, who has to face all her past crushes after her old letters to them somehow get leaked. Throughout the film, we see Lara facing only four out of the five crushes her letters have been sent to, but a surprise scene during the credits shows a dapper young man appearing on the Coveys’ doorstep, bearing flowers and an all-too-famili......

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