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Weird Coordinating Conjunctions: "Yet," "For," and "So." Find out what makes them different.
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English has borrowed words from all over the world to make up its lexicon. Our friends at +Vocabulary.com compiled this list of ten relatively common words with historical roots in languages that are less well known for supplying English words than Latin, Greek, and the traditional Germanic and Romance languages.
10 Words With Roots in Lesser-Known Languages
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English will win out because there are no rules. ☺ It's the Borg of languages.
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Syelle Graves investigates why people say "a-whole-nother"? It's the same reason we say "an apron" instead of "a napron."
 
Part II of our thrilling series: Why Do People Say "A-Whole-Nother"? 
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This has given me an entirely other outlook on that. :)

More seriously, I always felt weird saying this and frequently corrected myself (both in speech and writing) to "a whole other" whenever it crept in. Now I think I'll embrace the "nother"s!
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While researching why people say "a-whole-nother," Syelle Graves discovered that even knowing what to call the phrase gets complicated (and interesting).
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So basically, a-whole-nother thing is a-whole-nother thing.
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I would love to see this someday.
After Ben Ziek won big at the 2013 world pun championships, his life didn't change. He kept the same job he's had for 13 years, as a night auditor at the Burbank Airport Marriott. He gets in at 11 p.m., helps balance the books, does wake-up calls and deals with...
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Me too. I love punning. I shared a house with a guy in my student years and he got me into it. It's kind of infectious and addictive. Now my daughter, who used to just give me a hard stare, is starting to join in...
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It's the time of year when graduation caps and words of wisdom get tossed around. In this list from Vocabulary.com, see how notable speakers from various fields (including a cartoonist, scientist, and president) have inspired the rising of new generations. 
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I just discovered an amazing resource: Interviewing tips from the BBC: http://www.bbc.co.uk/academy/journalism/skills/interviewing
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what a great resource
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Have you heard kids say they are "versing" another team?
 
Why kids say they are "versing" another team instead of "playing" another team: 
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Nephew said it for a bit while he was 10 .... As a former copy editor, it drove me crazy. 
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Did you know that varsity originated as a short form of university? This list from +Vocabulary.com shows that new words are often formed by all-too-human errors. 
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I've always assumed that +Scott Watson - it's just nasty.
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Making do and don't plural can be tricky, so I dished out some guidance in a post at +Vocabulary.com.
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Didn't The Police have a song about this? ;-)
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Hey, it's National Doughnut Day! Here's why we have both "doughnut" and "donut."
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I love doughnut houghles
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NICE! Very cool!
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Founder of the Quick and Dirty Tips network, creator and host of the Grammar Girl podcast. Since they call this section "bragging rights," I'll mention that I was once a guest on the Oprah Winfrey Show, my first book was a New York Times bestseller, and my audiobook was nominated for an Audie award. My book "Grammar Girl Presents the Ultimate Writing Guide for Students" was named to the International Reading Association’s 2012 Teachers’ Choice book list.
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