‘Language Links’ Category

  1. Pronouns & Personality

    September 22, 2011 by edotgdot

    Can our word choices say something about our personalities?


    Indeed, says James W. Pennebaker chairperson of the psychology department at the University of Texas at Austin. Pennebaker’s new book, The Secret Life of Pronouns: What Our Words Say About Us, examines our language choices and what these word choices suggest about our personalities and relationships.


    Below are some interesting findings from the Pennebaker’s research:

    – Deceptive people, use the word “I” less when telling a lie.

    – Also,  a powerful person or one of higher status generally uses the pronoun “I” less than a person of lower status who will use “I” more frequently in speech.

    – Using more “I’s” and “we’s” can make a speaker seem more relatable.


    Are your curious to know what your language choices say about you? For a free analysis, visit The Secret Life of Pronouns.


    Sources: The Globe and Mail

  2. Celebrate National Book Week on Facebook

    August 9, 2011 by edotgdot

    Facebookers! Honor National Book Week by updating your Facebook status just like e.g. EDITORS. Here is our post:

    It’s National Book Week. The rules are: Grab the closest book to you. Go to page 56. Copy the 5th sentence as your status. “The final and fourth part of our study will be the sugar coat, which is the entertainment dimensions that help to attract interest in the story and also to camouflage and conceal its hidden secrets.”



  3. ‘OWL’ you need for correct citations

    August 1, 2011 by edotgdot

    First of all, my apologies for that pun.  But it’s nearly impossible to get excited about reference formatting, right?  Often that’s the last thing anyone working on a paper wants to think about.

    There’s a great resource online at the Purdue OWL website.  OWL in this case is the ‘Online Writing Lab’ at Purdue University, and they have a wealth of online materials for writing in the correct citation style.  Beyond that, they have grammar exercises for ESL speakers, commonly misused English words and phrases, and even resources for teachers and students.  Purdue OWL is in an easy to navigate, searchable format that makes it a go-to for general formatting questions. Take a look!

    This OWL is no feathery birdbrain.  Do you need MLA? APA? Chicago style? Or even AP style?  Before you go out and buy every available manual, visit OWL and see if you can get your questioned answered there.  You’ll want to bookmark it for any and all academic writing projects.  (And hey, if you REALLY love them, make a charitable contribution as a thanks for their great free resources and helpful hints).

  4. Sentence of the Week

    July 28, 2011 by edotgdot

    Calling all writers, readers, and fans of the written word! The New York Times needs you to send in the Sentence of the Week for The 6th Floor Blog while the critic-at-large is out on vacation. What have you read this week that resonated with you? Was it a sign, billboard, essay, paper, Facebook post, or an excerpt from your favorite novelist or poet? Here is e.g.’s contribution:

    “Whether we are describing a king, an assassin, a thief, an honest man, a prostitute, a nun, a young girl, or a stallholder in a market, it is always ourselves that we are describing.” Guy de Maupassant in Stealing Fire from the Gods: The Complete Guide to Story for Writers & Filmmakers, James Bonnet

    Please see the full article for more details on how you can submit your Sentence of the Week.


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