The Wheel of Feelings

This circular diagram from English teacher Kaitlin Robbs is perfect for finding the right word for the right feeling. The most basic emotions (e.g., happy, sad, fear) make up the center of the wheel, and as you move outward the synonyms get more complex (e.g., loving, remorseful, alienated) until you’ve found the word you were really looking for all along.

Top 10 Spelling Peeves

What are your biggest grammar and spelling peeves? Here's a helpful illustration to remind you never to make these common spelling mistakes.


45 Ways To Avoid Using The Word 'Very'

Three Telling Quotes About 'Very'

Substitute ‘damn’ every time you’re inclined to write ‘very;’ your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be. ~Mark Twain

'Very' is the most useless word in the English language and can always come out. More than useless, it is treacherous because it invariably weakens what it is intended to strengthen. ~Florence King


Active vs. Passive Voice

Many students have a difficult time making sentences with the passive and active voice and they are not sure when to use it. Here are the simple rules:

If you are active, you are doing something. In a sentence written in active voice, the subject of the sentence is doing the verb.

The lady played the piano.
The driver drove the car.


Improve Your Vocabulary with Puns!

A pun is a humorous use of a word that has two meanings, or of words with the same sound but different meanings. For example, the joke 'When is a door not a door?' 'When it's ajar' depends on the fact that 'ajar' sounds like 'a jar'.

Read on and check out these funny examples:


All about APRIL

<p><img alt="" src="" style="float:left; height:350px; width:250px" />In the early Roman calendar, April was the second month but became fourth when they started to use January as the first month. The origin of it was Aprilis, meaning 'to open'.



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