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The Oatmeal’s guide to the English apostrophe

I could write a blog entry explaining apostrophe use in written English, but cartoonist The Oatmeal has already done it SO much better than I ever could. Just click on the image above to take you to his comprehensive and entertaining illustration.

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We don’t need no education

‎”In English,” a professor said, “a double negative forms a positive. In some languages, though, such as Russian, a double negative is still a negative. However, there is no language wherein a double positive can form a negative.”

A voice from the back of the room piped up, “Yeah, right.”

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Sounds English, but mostly just groovy

In November 1972, Italian pop star Adriano Celentano released a song that hit No. 1 in his home country, despite the fact it wasn’t performed in Italian. It also wasn’t performed in English. In fact, it wasn’t performed in any language at all. The song, called “Prisencolinensinainciusol,” was written to mimic the way English sounds to non-English speakers.

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Interesting Characters

NOTE: what we lack in characters, we make up for in eccentric spellings.

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3 days ago

Cyntactic

Last minute prep a couple hours ago. I’m done. They clapped. Someone said to me afterwards that I was ’marvelous’. Even if nobody else thought so, that’s a possibly singular adjective I can cuddle up with when I get home. ...

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4 days ago

Cyntactic

Today, there is a stage. Tomorrow, there will be a headset microphone...and 200ish people listening to me babble on about something for about an hour. ...

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5 days ago

Cyntactic

”I was made for lovin” this KISS pinball machine at EA Games today. Job perk no. 32. ...

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2 weeks ago

Cyntactic

I'm currently putting together a four-day English course on concrete. CONCRETE. FOUR DAYS. Have I made it clear to you that this is 24 teaching hours all about CONCRETE? Cyntactic - here to address ALL of your English language needs. ...

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2 weeks ago

Cyntactic

This guy should have brought a sleeping bag.Han lär få vänta...
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