L.A. Kennedy

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Here are a few lucky words that have been preserved in common English expressions. Mental Floss Image credit: miss_j / iStock / Getty Images Plus. English has changed a lot in the last several hundred years, and there are many words once used that we would no longer recognize today. For whatever reason, we started …

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By Mark Nichol 1. A man’s home is his castle: a sentiment that a man should have freedom to do what he wants in his home (originally “An Englishman’s home is his castle”)2. A woman’s place is in the home: a largely outdated notion that a woman’s activities should be limited to child-rearing and housekeeping3. …

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via Daily Writing Tips They often seem disreputable, like sullen idlers loitering in a public thoroughfare, but they actually do a lot of hard work and are usually persnickety about the tasks to which they are put. They are interjections — one class of them, anyway: those lacking etymological origins but packed with meaning. But …

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By Mark Nichol Face it — sometimes you must give your readers a countenance-based clue about what a character or a subject is feeling. First try conveying emotions indirectly or through dialogue, but if you must fall back on a descriptive term, try for precision: 1. Absent: preoccupied2. Agonized: as if in pain or tormented3. …

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