Blog Action Day: The Global Human Right of Education for Girls

We are pleased to announce that Writing it Right for You is taking part on this year’s “Blog Action Day”. Blog Action Day is the one day of the year where thousands of bloggers from all over the world work together to focus on one important global topic, and help raise awareness and money for charities and social causes.

This year’s theme is: HUMAN RIGHTS

Every human being has a set of rights that need to be addressed and respected by all others. In a perfect world, this would apply to everyone, despite the ethnic heritage, sex, condition, age…

We all know this is still a dream.

Even when it is in fact a universal right, education is something still denied to at least 65 million girls across the globe.

The importance of educating girls falls (aside from the fact that as humans they deserve education) on the demonstrated fact that it clearly impacts on the health and economic future of young women, which in turn improves the prospects of their entire community. In the poorest countries of the world, 50% of girls do not attend secondary school. Yet, research shows that every extra year of school for girls increases their lifetime income by 15%. Improving female education, and thus women’s earning potential, improves the standard of living for their own children, as women invest more of their income in their families than men do.

UNGEI’s vision was defined in Kathmandu, Nepal, as “A world where all girls and boys are empowered through quality education to realize their full potential and contribute to transforming societies where gender equality becomes a reality.”

Yet, many barriers to education for girls remain. In some African countries, such as Burkina Faso, girls are unlikely to attend school for such basic reasons as a lack of private latrine facilities for girls.

I wanted to address this particular subject, because it is close to my own heart. As a teacher, I understand how much good educated girls can do. I can attest to it as a parent. I can see it as a woman. I can see it as an individual.

Please, support girls with their education, regardless of where they are by making a donation here, or you can help by raising awarness of this issue.

Also since we are on the subject, have you heard of Malala Yousafzai

 

Sources:

UNESCO’s Institute for Statistics estimation

Plan, Because I’m a girl: http://becauseiamagirl.ca/page.aspx?pid=3894

UNGEI: http://www.ungei.org/whatisungei/index.html

Etymology: Camouflage

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Use of the word camouflage originated in Paris in the late 19th century. It is a combination of the Italian word camuffare, which means “to disguise”, and the French word camouflet, which means “a puff of smoke”. Back in ol’ Par-ee in the 1870s, thieves would put an attractive woman in a crowd and have her blow smoke in the face of the target of the thieves in order to distract him. “Blowing smoke” (another slang term) was thought to be sexually suggestive and distracting enough to allow the thieves to snatch the wallet of their victim.

In World War I, the British came up with disguises for their soldiers and equipment to hide them from those new-fangled aeroplanes, did the word camouflage come into common military use.

Around the same time, the U.S. and British navies painted bold stripes on their ships to make it difficult to ascertain in which direction the ships were traveling; the practice was called “disruptive camouflage”.

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With the Ancestors: R.I.P. Acclaimed Nigerian Author Chinua Achebe (1930 – 2013)

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“I tell my students, it’s not difficult to identify with somebody like yourself, somebody next door who looks like you. What’s more difficult is to identify with someone you don’t see, who’s very far away, who’s a different color, who eats a different kind of food. When you begin to do that then literature is really performing its wonders.” – Baba Chinua Achebe

Professor Chinua Achebe, one of the best fiction writers in recent memory, passed away in his USA base, according to reports yet to be independently confirmed by elombah.com. He was born on November 16, 1930, and had been in hospital in recent days. Achebe is best known for his classical novel Things Fall Apart.
His last book, There Was A Country: A Personal History of Biafra, is still making waves and has proven very controversial in his native Nigeria.

Some facts about Professor Chinua Achebe:

  • Born in 1930 – 30 years before Nigeria’s independence.
  • Referred to as the founding father of African literature.
  • First novel Things Fall Apart, published in 1958, has sold 10 million copies.
  • Wrote about the effects of colonialism and corruption.
  • Nelson Mandela called him “the writer in whose company the prison walls came down”.
  • Met his wife Christie Okoli in Lagos. They married in 1961 and had four children.
  • Involved in a road accident in 1990 which left him partially paralyzed.

He was 82.

This is cross-posted at The Black Liberal Boomer Blog.

 

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Etymology: monologue or soliloquy?

Etymology: the study of word origins.

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monologue is of Greek origin and soliloquy is of Latin origin, both words are defined as “single speech”. Today, a monologue is considered to be a speech given by one person in the company of others, while a soliloquy is given by a person who forgets or doesn’t realize that others are around. Stand-up comedians give monologues, for example; Hamlet’s “To Be or Not To Be” speech is a soliloquy.

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Etymology: “awkward”

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Etymology means “the study of word origins”.

“Awk” is an obsolete word meaning “turning the wrong way”. “Awkward” originally meant “in an awk direction”, just like forward means in a front (fore) direction and backward means in a back direction.

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12 REALLY Bad Analogies Written by High School Students

In my previous career, I taught English and Language to all grades from pre-school through college, including high school. This list made me laugh so hard, because I am seen so many examples like these.

The expert writers and editors at Writing It Right For You can help you to avoid funny but embarrassing analogies, contact us! But in the meantime, enjoy!

 

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Who or Whom? (Updated)

Who or Whom?

No, this is not an owl impression.  These are two words so similar, they’ve sparked debate among the most esteemed of writers and educators. They are also very often misused by the general population.

Even though “whom” sounds very formal, there are specific rules for its use. Whom is a pronoun that refers to someone not directly in the conversation or statement.

It is also a pronoun used as the “object” of a sentence, that is, it is usually used with a directing preposition. “To whom does this belong?” “To whom it may concern:” “With whom did you speak the last time you were here?” Notice that when using “whom”, the person is usually unknown as well as not present.

“Who” can be used as the subject of a sentence or question: “Who are you?”  “Do you know who is coming tonight?”

“Who” can also be used as a function word to introduce a subject, “my father, who is a lawyer, never reacted badly to stress”. There is another version of who, that like whom, can be used when asking a question.  “Whoever broke the vase is in big trouble.”

“Who” should always be used in place of “that” when referring to people. “There are many people who enjoy family celebrations.” “There are many of us who are waiting for the movie to start.”

“That” is used for inanimate objects and non-persons. “These are the dogs that are available for adoption.”

Whom Fun Fact:  Did you know writers the world over for a long time (1870 to present day), thought that usage of the word whom would disappear as it’s mostly familiar in Shakespearean and, even older, a biblical turn of phrase.  However, this debate is still ongoing.

“It Matters How You Say It!”

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Why Companies Need PROFESSIONAL Copy Editors

I personally have never heard of this magazine, but this cover is a perfect example of why companies need to hire highly professional, highly educated, and highly experienced copy editors. How did such a glaring and obvious error get published!

Can you find the error(s) here?

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Dictionary, Lexicon, or Glossary? Which is Which?

Question PersonAlmost everyone has used a dictionary at some time or another:

A dictionary is a reference book that contains the pronunciations, meanings, part of speech, history, and correct spellings of most of the words of a language.

glossary is a specialized vocabulary list, and usually does not contain any other information except for the definitions of the words.

lexicon is similar to a glossary, but the words, along with their definitions, are arranged in alphabetical order. “Lexicon” is also considered to be a more formal and less-used term for a “dictionary”.

 

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Empathy or Sympathy?

Question PersonEmpathy and sympathy are similar, but not the same. When to use which word depends on the context.

*empathy* means the ability to better understand a person’s or point of view because you yourself have experienced something similar.

*sympathy* means feeling compassion for another’s person’s feelings or point of view although you have probably not been in the same situation or same place.

According to dictionary.com, you feel empathy when you’ve “been there”, and you feel “sympathy” when you haven’t “been there” (literally or figuratively).

If you need help with confusing word pairs, the awesome writers and editors at Writing It Right For You can emphasize! We’ve been there! We can also sympathize and we’re ready to work with you!

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Today’s Question: What is the difference between cement and concrete?

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“Cement” is any chemical binding agent that makes things stick to it or stick to each other. Glue, mortar, and paste are examples of cement.

“Concrete” is a construction material consisting of cement, water, and crushed granules such as sand, gravel, or stone. 

The root of cement is the Latin caenentum meaning quarry stone.

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Hyphens

I don’t know how many times I’ve gotten points knocked off of a paper’s score because of hyphen misuse.  Here are a few golden rules:

  • If you aren’t sure a compound noun is two words, look it up!  The dictionary is one of the best friends you could ever have.  If your new best friend doesn’t have the word, use a hyphen.
  • When using more than one adjective as a single thought, use a hyphen to separate them before the noun.
  • If you can correctly use ‘and’ between two adjectives, do so and skip the hyphen.
  • For numbers, always hyphenate the compound numerals when writing them out.

Those are a few of the rules that won’t steer you wrong.

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segway/segue

“Segue” is one of my favorite words, because it is fun to say. It is pronounced like “segway”, but has an entirely different meaning.

To “segue” (v) is to move seamlessly from one activity to another. A “segue” (n) is a smooth transition from one thing or activity to another.

“Segway” is the brand name of a “human transporter”–a sort of super scooter that supposedly smoothly moves its riders from one place to another.

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What We Do: Dissertations

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The last thing on your list, the dissertation has to be completed.  You’ve already done your research, it’s solid, and you’ve stayed up for hours writing your first draft.  At this point, you don’t want to look at it anymore, let alone make corrections.

 

We understand.  The team at Writing It Right For You will help you with grammar, spelling, usage and helping to show your paper with the potential it has.  First, second and third drafts (could be more) will be reviewed meticulously and any changes are sent to you for your approval.  Although we are a writing service we want to be sure your thoughts and opinions are ‘heard’ loud and clear.

 

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Different from/Different than

Is there a difference (pun totally intended)?  Yes.  First, as always, let’s look into the explanation.  ‘Different’ is a word used to contrast, rather than (tee hee) compare.  ‘Than’ usually follows adjectives used to compare people, items, conditions, etc.

Examples: More than, less thanbetter thanworse thancolder than and many more.

  • CORRECT: The birthday party was different than I expected.
  • INCORRECT: The birthday party was different from what I expected.

The rules are pretty simple:

  • When creating a sentence if a noun comes after ‘different’, use ‘from.’
  • When creating a sentence where a clause (subject and verb) follow ‘different’, use than.

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