Author Archives: Dr. Jeff McQuillan

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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Your Guide to the 2016 U.S. Presidential Elections: Part 4

Here’s another post in our continuing series on the 2016 U.S. presidential elections. If you missed the first three, go here. Buzzwords Every presidential election campaign brings with it (creates or makes popular) certain buzzwords, terms or phrases that are … Continue reading

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Your Guide to the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election: Part 3

To help you understand the presidential elections in the United States this year, I’m going to attempt to explain some of the events of the election in an ongoing (continuing; series) “guide.” I am not an expert on politics, but … Continue reading

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Super (Crazy) Tuesday

This year’s election of the next president of the United States has been one of the strangest – perhaps “craziest” is a better word – in the past 100 years. Today is called Super Tuesday, a day when several state … Continue reading

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5 Items of Potpourri

Potpourri is originally a French term that, in English, is now used to refer to a variety of things that are not related to each other. Today’s post is a potpourri of items that are unrelated, but still, I hope, … Continue reading

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5 Words I’d Better Not Hear You Using in 2016

Every year a group of professors and staff members at a small public university in Michigan (Lake Superior State University) publishes a list of banished words. To banish usually means to force someone to leave his or her home city … Continue reading

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