Focusing on Words
Our language is the primary tool we use to express our thoughts, ideas and opinions.
Words are the building blocks of our communication. The more clearly we communicate, the easier it is to accomplish our goals.
Having a formal education is not necessary to write well. In fact, most people improve their writing skills through reading and practice. It is our hope that this website will be a friendly guide to help you improve your wordsmithing skills.
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The most frequent writing error in the English language is the use of the words “it’s” and “its.” Do your part to Save the Apostrophe by not misusing these common words. Apply the rule that when you mean “it is” or “it has” in a sentence, you hang the apostrophe. And when you mean “its” [...]
There’s a Portuguese word which describes the intense longing for the past or lost possibility of a person, item, experience, place, event, or even an emotion that you love and an inward turn of desire for what can not exist in the present. The word is “Saudade.” Lacking in a direct translation, the word expresses [...]
Masoka Shiki was one of the most prominent haiku masters of the Meiji period within Japan. As one of the only four masters, Shiki’s work as a literary critic, poet, and author helped to shape the development of haiku and tanka. Through his life was brief (he passed away in his mid thirties,) Shiki’s craft [...]
“I think it is unnatural to think that there is such a thing as a blue-sky, white-clouded happy childhood for anybody. Childhood is a very, very tricky business of surviving it. Because if one thing goes wrong or anything goes wrong, and usually something goes wrong, then you are compromised as a human being. You’re [...]
Icelandic indie group Of Monsters and Men know just how far a struck of luck can go. The six piece band just happened to snag the attention of KEXP, the Seattle based radio station responsible for their big break, during a 2010 performance at the Iceland Airwaves Festival. And singer Nana Bryndus Hilmarsdottir, co-singer/guitarist Ragnar [...]