Know Your Portmanteaus and How to Use Them

Portmanteau

Not this kind of portmanteau …

Once you begin thinking about portmanteaus and learn to identify them, you may start to feel a bit cursed. Why? Because you’ll soon discover that portmanteaus are everywhere these days. So unless you love being fixated on a single subject that will become your next pet peeve or latest hyper-interest, proceed with caution.

... This kind of portmanteau

… This kind of portmanteau

Love them or hate them, portmanteaus have been around for quite some time, and they’re probably here to stay. What are they exactly? Sometimes, they’re a large leather suitcase, but from a grammar perspective, we’re talking about a blending of words and sounds to form one single word with a combined meaning. Read more ›

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Road Trip: The Best Indie Bookstores in America

Map of the Ultimate Bookstore Road Trip
Summertime is here, and for many people, that means planning a summer vacation. It seems like there’s a perfect destination for anyone looking to get out of town, whether you’re thinking of jetting off to Europe or packing up the family to see “the happiest place on Earth.” But if your tastes tend toward the literary, as ours do, you’ll be happy to know that you don’t need to buy a plane ticket to have a great vacation this summer. We’ve planned out the ultimate summer road trip for book-lovers, including 25 of the top independent bookstores from coast to coast. Whether you just want to take a few days off to browse at some indie bookstores in your region or you’d rather have a grand adventure and see the whole country, we’ve got you covered with this list of some of the best bookstores in the U.S., including famous bookstores visited by or even owned by well-known readers and writers. Read more ›

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How to Write a Meta Description for SEO

Lucky cat invites customers to come in, just like a good meta descriptionPlenty of people in the world are good writers, but when people accustomed to writing fiction or poetry or blog posts try their hand at SEO writing, there can be a little bit of a learning curve. Some of the most foreign terms to someone not familiar with this writing style are often “title tag” and “meta description.” We’ve taken a look at how to write title tags before; now, let’s examine some tips for writing meta descriptions, starting with the basics. Read more ›

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Cute, Creepy, and Cool Collective Nouns

Curious kangarooWhat do word nerds and animal-lovers have in common? I’ll give you a hint: It’s not a love for Latin names. It’s an appreciation for a fun and quirky collective noun. What is a collective noun? These words describe a group of humans, animals, or concepts as one single entity. In the human realm, you’ve likely come across some really common collective noun examples, like a class of students, a team of baseball players, or a party of politicians, but once you stray into the animal kingdom, you’ll find terms in the collective nouns list that are unexpected and even downright adorable! Read more ›

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Apostrophe Rules You’re Getting Wrong

How to use apostrophesOf all of the punctuation marks, the apostrophe has to be the most abused. He just wants to help out, filling in the gaps where other letters have gone missing, but instead, people throw him into all sorts of situations he’s just not suited for, mucking up perfectly good phrases or sentences and making him look stupidly out of place.

These crimes against clarity are so awful that numerous blogs have sprung up devoted to pointing out and cringing at them. But if you learn when to use an apostrophe in the three situations where they’re most commonly misused, you won’t have to worry about finding your writing on those sites.

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