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Thoroly woful surprize: President proposes 300 spelling changes

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Thoroly woful surprize: President proposes 300 spelling changes

Early in the twentieth century, industrialist Andrew Carnegie decided to “fix” the way Americans spelled some things, and created the “Simplified Spelling Board.” In 1906, the Board published a list of 300 words that needed updating in order to make the language ready for the progress of humankind.

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15 grammar errors that make you look silly

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15 grammar errors that make you look silly

Engaging online writing is informal, conversational, and fun… but certain goofy mistakes just make you look silly… and not in a good way.

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20 of the best freelance writing marketplaces

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20 of the best freelance writing marketplaces

Whether you’re looking to make a little extra cash or want to make a living as a freelance writer, we have found several different sites that can help you find writing work with a broad range of employers.

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7 ways to break out of a creative rut

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7 ways to break out of a creative rut

It’s a myth that only highly-intelligent people are creative. What keeps people from tapping into creativity are bad habits picked up throughout the years.

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Get your tax EIN online: It’s easy & free

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Get your tax EIN online: It’s easy & free

EIN stands for Employer ID Number, and is the tax identification number most businesses must use. Fortunately, it’s simple to apply for your own business tax ID number via the web.

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Mine Craigslist for freelance writing jobs

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Mine Craigslist for freelance writing jobs

Craigslist can be a great place to look for writing work — especially if you’re a freelance writer. From multi-national corporations to solopreneurs, thousands of businesses every day take to CL to fill their part-time and off-site job openings.

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The Oxford comma: Do you or don’t you?

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The Oxford comma: Do you or don’t you?

It’s inspired Facebook groups, exasperated countless writers and editors, and probably fueled more than a couple divorces: the Oxford comma.

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Poll: Oxford comma

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Poll: Oxford comma

Get the scoop on both views: The Oxford comma: Do you or don’t you? Vote: Are you for or against the Oxford comma? Vote anonymously, or with G+, Facebook or...

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Why (& how) to set up 2-step authentication

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Why (& how) to set up 2-step authentication

by Nancy J Price It has many different names — including 2-step authentication, two-factor authentication, login verification and second sign-in verification — but it all boils down to the same thing: Extra security for your information and all the work you’ve created. The concept is simple: to gain access to any given account, the person requesting it will need two separate pieces of information. Two-factor authentication requires: Something you know (such as a password) Something you have (like your phone) The idea is that...

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Amazon Kindle ebook pricing, simplified

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Amazon Kindle ebook pricing, simplified

At first glance, the Amazon.com Kindle ebook pricing setup and associated royalty rates — displayed in a lengthy table with numbers and boxes and buttons — seems a lot more complicated than it really is. Get a little clarity here.

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