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The Spell of the Holidays
The year-end holidays are an alternate reality. People dress differently, act differently … and even talk differently. This time of year has its own
vocabulary, and some of these old-fashioned words have eccentric spellings. So here is our holiday spelling quiz. You’ll find the answers directly
1. ___ the night before Christmas.
2. They have a live ___ down at the shopping mall.
3. It was a festive ___ gathering.
4. Please! Go easy on the ___.
A) egg nog
D) egg nogg
5. Our ___ holds nine candles.
6. “Santa Claus” refers to ___.
A) Saint Nicholas
B) Saint Nichlaus
C) Saint Nicalos
D) Saint Nichollas
7. In European folklore, ___ is considered magical.
8. The winter ___ falls on December 22 this year.
9. “O little town of ___.”
10. Stop spinning that ___ and join us for dinner.
1: C) ’Twas
2: B) reindeer
3: D) yuletide
4: C) eggnog
5: A) menorah
6: A) Saint Nicholas
7: B) mistletoe
8: D) solstice
9: C) Bethlehem
10: D) dreidel
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Rules for Writing Good: Writing Tips
Here are more selections from a perverse set of rules that are guilty of the very mistakes they seek to prevent. English teachers, students, scientists, and writers have been circulating these self-contradictory rules for more than a century.
1. Foreign words and phrases are the reader's bete noire and are not apropos.
2. Who needs rhetorical questions?
3. In my own personal opinion at this point in time, I think that authors, when they are writing, should not get into the habit of making use of too many unnecessary words that they don't really need.
Learn all about who and whom, affect and effect, subjects and verbs, adjectives and adverbs, commas, semicolons, quotation marks, and much more by just sitting back and enjoying these easy-to-follow lessons. Tell your colleagues (and boss), children, teachers, and friends. Click here to watch.