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My Last Wish

A despondent woman was walking along the beach when she saw a bottle on the sand. She picked it up
and pulled out the cork. Whoosh! A big puff of smoke appeared.
"You have released me from my prison," the genie told her.
"To show my thanks, I grant you three wishes. But take care, for with each wish, your mate will receive double of whatever you request."
"Why?" the woman asked. "That bum left me for another woman."
"That is how it is written," replied the genie.
The woman shrugged and then asked for a million dollars.
There was a flash of light, and a million dollars appeared at her feet. At the same instant, in a far-off place, her wayward husband looked down to see twice that amount at his feet.
"And your second wish?"
"Genie, I want the world's most expensive diamond necklace."
Another flash of light, and the woman was holding the precious treasure. And, in that distant place, her husband was
looking for a gem broker to buy his latest bonanza.
"Genie, is it really true that my husband has two million dollars and more jewels that I do, and that he gets double of
whatever I wish for?"
The genie said it was indeed true.
"OK, genie, I'm ready for my last wish," the woman said.
"Scare me half to death."

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NÉE. Borrowed word

NÉE nay (French)
‘born (under the name)’
Fancourt, who died on Thursday, married Lillian Marion Osborne (née Parkin) in 1921, whom he divorced in 1960 (Daily Telegraph)

Née – like a reference to someone’s ‘maiden name’ – is a rather courtly usage that is on the way out now, not necessarily because women don’t change their names when they marry as because it seems part of
a time when such a change was automatic and unquestioned. Its place will therefore be in the older-style obituaries. An obvious alternative is
‘born –’.

Handsomer than Mel Gibson

Geraldo RiveraA lecturer asked her audience, "Who is wiser than Ann Landers*,
more controversial than Geraldo Rivera**, wittier than Robin
Williams*** and handsomer than Mel Gibson?"
From the audience came a forlorn voice: "My wife's first

* Ann Landers was a pen name created by Chicago Sun-Times advice columnist Ruth Crowley in 1943 and taken over by Eppie Lederer in 1955. For 56 years, the Ask Ann Landers syndicated advice column was a regular feature in many newspapers across North America. Due to this popularity, 'Ann Landers', though fictional, became something of a national institution and cultural icon. (wiki)
**Geraldo Rivera  is an American attorney, journalist, author, reporter, and talk show host. Rivera hosts the newsmagazine program Geraldo at Large and appears regularly on Fox News Channel.(wiki)

***Robin McLaurin Williams is an American actor and comedian. Rising to fame with his role as the alien Mork in the TV series Mork & Mindy, and later stand-up comedy work, Williams has performed in many feature films since 1980. He won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in the 1997 film Good Will Hunting. He has also won two Emmy Awards, four Golden Globes, two Screen Actors Guild Awards and five Grammy Awards.(wiki)

Loose or Lose?

1. Loose with its two "o's" should remind you that there is too much space so something is "loose" as in a pair of loose (or roomy) pants. Loose also can refer to a handful of coins that are unrestrained as in "loose change." Similarly, a person may be described as "loose" if he or she functions with few rules or boundaries.

2. Lose with only one "o" should remind you that something is missing as when one loses or becomes unable to find or keep something or fails to achieve, as in "to lose" a game.

Write in the correct form of the word in parentheses and then click "submit" to send your answers.

Among / Between

is a preposition used with three or more persons or things.

I could not decide among the three different desserts which I wanted to eat.

Between is a preposition used with two persons or things.

I could not decide between the cheesecake or the apple pie, so I ordered both!

Choose the correct word in parentheses and then click "submit" to send your answers.</p

Tourists in Pisa's Catherdral Square love to pose with the Leaning Tower, either trying to demolish it or straighten it! Which would you be, a superhero or a supervillain?

Supervillian Attempts to Topple Leaning Tower

leaning tower of Pisa

Superhero Arrives Just in Time to Save Tower

leaning tower of Pisa


Many people avoid using contractions in formal writing because they are under the impression that contractions are only appropriate for casual writing and that they constitute non-standard grammar. Are they really representative of sloppy writing? When is it okay to use contractions?

Many automatic grammar-checking software packages will produce an error if you use a contraction within your written document and will instruct you to correct it. But does the use of a contraction really constitute a mistake? In most cases, no.

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What Are Scare Quotes?

Scare quotes read &quot;live&quot; lobstersWriters will often use scare quotes around a word or phrase to indicate that they don't entirely buy into the context within it is being used.

For example, a writer may write:

Yesterday I was chased by my neighbor’s “dog”: a poodle.

Here, the writer is letting the reader know that he doesn’t think of poodles as constituting proper dogs and is basically making fun of the breed. Through using quotes on either side of the word dog he is implying that while his neighbors may call it a dog, it is not the term that he would use. There is almost certainly a hint of sarcasm in the tone of his writing.

These types of quotation marks are often called scare quotes and they show the reader that the writer wants to distance himself from a word or phrase for one reason or another.

One of the problems with scare quotes is that they are very frequently misused and quotation marks are incorrectly applied to draw attention to words within a sentence:

In this picture, the restaurant owner is unwittingly suggesting that the lobsters are not really alive. The scare quotes around the word live leads the reader to question why the word has been singled out and what it actually means.

If you are not 100 per cent confident about when you should use scare quotes, avoid them at all costs. If you think a word is appropriate you should just use it without any quotes; if you don’t think it's appropriate, then don't use it at all, unless you are explicitly trying to be ironic or sarcastic. Getting it wrong can make you look like a complete fool, as our list of unnecessary quotation marks proves.

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