Posts by Minrose Straussman

  1. The Most Insincere Compliments And What To Say Instead

    Most people love to get praise or compliments. Not all compliments are created equal, though. The best praise is specific. When it’s clear that you really took the time to understand or pay attention to the person you’re praising, that praise feels sincere. Think about the time you spent all day on a piece of macaroni art in kindergarten, only to have your parents say, …

  2. English Words That Came From The Philippines

    There are only two official languages in the Philippines, a nation in Southeast Asia: English and Filipino, which is a standardized form of Tagalog, a language indigenous to the islands. Over the years, Tagalog speakers have adopted countless words and expressions into their language, resulting in a unique dialect: Taglish (a combination of Tagalog and English). But the exchange has gone the other way, too. …

  3. What Do These Common School Acronyms Mean?

    Schools are ground zero for alphabet soup—educators seemingly love to name things using acronyms. STEM, GPA, KWL. While all of this jargon can seem kind of daunting, it’s not too bad once you learn the ropes. And we are here to help. So, get out your pencil and notebook, raise your hand for roll call, and prepare for School Acronyms 101. STEM You may think …

  4. Words We Know Because Of Star Trek

    Star Trek is one of the most beloved science fiction television franchises to ever air. Debuting in 1966 with Star Trek: The Original Series, this long-running franchise is about the crew of a starship (spaceship), the USS Enterprise, as it explores the deepest depths of outer space. Along the way, the crew meet new life forms, get into all kinds of hijinks, and battle for …

  5. Do You Know These Synonyms For The Act Of “Cursing”?

    Sure, you may swear or curse, but have you ever been accused of blasphemy? Or been asked to stop effing and blinding? Just like we have plenty of foul words to pick from, the English language also offers us plenty of synonyms for the words cursing or swearing themselves. We’ve gathered some of the more unique ones to help you (and us) learn some colorful ways …

  6. How To Make A Résumé That Stands Out

    Ready for a new job? The first question that always comes up is: how to write a résumé … especially one that stands out? These days, your résumé or your CV (curriculum vitæ) serves to introduce you to and can create a first impression (good … or bad) with a potential employer. That means your résumé has to be stunning in order to stand out. …

  7. Synonyms Across Generations: Is It A Mixtape Or Playlist?

    Does your grandfather still call the fridge an “icebox”? Have you ever wondered why your mom calls the remote a “clicker”? Are you the kind of person who stubbornly still refers to your contact list as a “Rolodex”? As technology advances, the language that we use changes. New inventions (and conventions) prompt most of us to abandon old-fashioned terms like icebox in favor of more …

  8. Words That Every Taurus Should Know

    The astrological sign for people born between April 20–May 20 is Taurus, the bull constellation. Taurus is the second sign of the zodiac, following Aries, but it is one of the oldest identified constellations known to man. To many ancient civilizations, the bull represented love, war, and strength. Taurus is an Earth sign, meaning it is connected with all things grounded, material, and solid—which makes sense …

  9. It’s Time To Learn Some Time Zone Terminology

    No one truly needs a watch these days. We all have clocks in our pockets—our smartphones. Another benefit of this technology? The clock on our smartphone automatically changes when we enter a new time zone. Amazing! But, even though we don’t need to pay as much attention to time zones these days, that doesn’t mean they don’t still impact our lives. Let’s synchronize our watches …

  10. Tax Words To Learn Right Now (Or At Least Before April 15)

    As the saying goes, there are only two certainties in life: death and taxes. This saying dates all the way back to 1716, and the word tax is even older than that. Tax, meaning “a sum of money demanded by a government,” comes from the Latin taxare, meaning “censure, charge, tax with a fault,” and dates to around the 1200s. For centuries, taxes have been …