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  1. “Alternate” vs. “Alternative”: Are They Synonyms?

    Whether you’re on a football team or a juror, there’s a chance you might not be the first choice. But if you don’t make the initial cut, yet are still on the B list, are you an alternate? Or does being a backup make you an alternative? Is there actually a difference between alternative and alternate, or are they just synonyms? Let’s take a closer …

  2. What Are The ( ) { } [ ] And ⟨ ⟩?

    Though these symbols—( ), [ ], { }, and ⟨ ⟩—regularly appear in our books and screens, they all have odd, unexpected origins. What is the ( )? The most familiar of these symbols is probably the ( ), called parentheses. Fun fact: one of them is called a parenthesis, and as a pair, the plural are parentheses. Parenthesis literally means “to put beside,” from …

  3. “Net” vs. “Gross”: What Does This Difference Cost You?

    One of the basics of tennis is you never want to hit your ball into the net. Most people won’t confuse this mesh fabric divider that runs across the court with the word gross (even if botching an easy volley straight into the net might feel gross). But when talking about money, the line that divides net and gross profits isn’t as clear. What is the …

  4. What Does Freedom Of Speech Mean?

    Which amendment gives us freedom of speech? Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances. —First Amendment to the Constitution We Americans love to refer to the First …

  5. 3 Ways To Sound Assertive (Instead Of Passive-Aggressive)

    How’s this for an email? Well, I guess I have time to tell you about passive-aggressive writing …. It’s short notice, and as I mentioned in my previous email, I’ve been extremely busy lately. But it’s no big deal. Clearly, this is more important for you … Thanks. Reading this probably had you rolling your eyes and made your skin crawl. The email takes a …

  6. What Does Virgo Mean? Words To Describe This Earth Sign

    If you found yourself flowing with creativity during Leo season, it’s time to put your inventive plans to action during Virgo season. No matter your sign, August 23–September 22 is a good time to harness the energy of a Virgo and approach new projects with zeal! If you follow astrology and read horoscopes, you know a person born between August 23 and September 22 is a Virgo. This …

  7. How To Respond When Kids Say “No Fair”

    Spoiler alert: it is not by saying, “Yeah, well life’s not fair!” Children are not immune to the inequalities and injustices of the world. Sometimes they see more of what is going on around them than their parents and caregivers give them credit for. That being said, sometimes kids still respond to something as simple as not getting their way with cries of inequity. As …

  8. “Karen” vs. “Becky” vs. “Stacy”: How Different Are These Slang Terms?

    When it comes to certain white women these days, it doesn’t matter what lovely moniker their parents may have given them. They’ve also been deigned with the name Karen, Becky, or Stacy. Why? These common names are now shorthand for a certain kind of woman who either behaves badly or others like to complain about. As viral videos of Beckys blow up and the service industry …

  9. Where Did The Word “Achoo” Come From?

    Every sneeze has a different ring to it, but there are only a few words in English that name the sound. Achoo is one of the most favored, but is it really a word? Where did achoo come from? This instance of onomatopoeia imitates the sound of sneezing. The first syllable mimics the quick intake of breath, while the second corresponds with the tone of …

  10. What Is “GOP” Short For?

    The origins of the Democratic and Republican parties tell an interesting story. They both developed from the same political group, the Democratic–Republicans Party led by Thomas Jefferson in the 1790s and early 1800s. Who knew that these two opposing parties were once on the same side of the political spectrum? One unique part of the Republican Party’s history, however, is its nickname: the GOP. Where …