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Stop saying St. Patty’s Day!

by • March 16, 2015
It's St. Paddy's (not Patty's.) It's Paddy from 'Padraig' not Patty from 'Patricia.'

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! While you’re drinking green beer and counting shamrock leaves, you might end up debating a popular St. Patrick’s Day question: Is it St. Patty’s Day or St. Paddy’s Day? It’s easy to think that Patrick ought to be shortened as “Patty”. The name… MORE →

Funny Phrases: Nip It in the Bud

by • March 12, 2015
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The phrase nip it in the bud means to stop something before it gets going. You’ve probably heard it used in this way: Nip that bad habit in the bud before it gets out of control! What does this phrase actually mean? Nip means to remove by… MORE →

Train your brain with these 4 spelling tips and tricks

by • March 12, 2015
Do you have trouble spelling amateur, conscientious, harass, or license? We have a few tips for you.

Amateur Something or someone that is amateur is non-professional. If you remember that amateur ends in a fancy French suffix (-eur), you’ll be able to spell this word correctly in both professional and non-professional situations. Conscientious Conscientious means thorough, careful, or vigilant. If you have a strong… MORE →