Author Archives: Dr. Jeff McQuillan

Color or Colour? Spelling as a Political Act

If you’re an English learner, you may be annoyed  at (bothered by) the differences in spelling in American English and British English. We Americans use “color” and the British use “colour.” We write “realize” and they write “realise.” You might think … Continue reading

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Thomas Edison’s Talking Doll

We can thank the inventor (person who creates new things) Thomas Edison for many inventions, including movie cameras, phonographs (early record players), light bulbs, and so many others. In his lifetime, he had near 1,100 patents (government licenses for an … Continue reading

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It’s Spring – Let’s Party!

Spring is here, and in the next few weeks U.S. students will be getting one week of vacation from elementary (kindergarten to 5th grade) and secondary schools (middle school/junior high school and high school), and from colleges and universities. For … Continue reading

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And The Award For Worst Movie of the Year Goes to . . .

The Academy Awards (also called simply “the Oscars“) are here again. This Sunday, February 26th, the Academy Awards will be given out (distributed) honoring (recognizing and celebrating) the best films of 2016. Most people have heard of the Academy Awards, considered … Continue reading

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It’s All About “I”

Have you ever wondered why some words in English are capitalized (in big letters; type of letters at the beginning of sentences) and some words are not? Lucy has written about this topic before (see a couple of interesting posts here … Continue reading

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Headline English: December 31, 2016

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A Gold Medal in English

This week much of the world is, like I am, watching the Olympic games in Rio. It seems like every Olympics has its own problems and scandals (doing something wrong that causes the public to have strong negative reaction). But … Continue reading

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Today is National (Something) Day!

Today is National Pecan Pie Day. Personally, I hate pecan pie (see photo), so I’m not going to celebrate it. You may be wondering, as I am, why there is a National Pecan Pie Day and why it is on … Continue reading

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You’re A Grand Old Flag!

Today is Flag Day in the United States. On this day, in 1777, the Second Continental Congress of the United States adopted (decided to officially use) the design of the American flag: Resolved (It is decided), That the flag of … Continue reading

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Saying “It’s a Thing” Is Now a Thing

According to one source, “thing” is among the ten most commonly used nouns in English. It’s so common that if you are able to read this blog post, you probably already know what it means. Or do you? Certainly you … Continue reading

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