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When is value added?

“Do I add value?” asked a man walking past me on a train platform. I almost laughed out loud until I realized he was talking on a hands-free phone and possibly repeating a question from an employer who had questioned his worth.* 314 more words



In reference to a EFTPOS card, use debit card instead. EFTPOS by itself should be changed to debit transaction. However, an EFTPOS terminal should be changed to a POS terminal.

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Who's that? That's who

Earlier this week, this tweet from The New York Times generated a discussion about style and grammar:

If you’re a teen that vapes and want to talk to a reporter twice your age about why you love it contact…

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Word Choice

The Almost Right Word

Molly Wright Starkweather, Kaplan University Tutor

There is an old quotation from Mark Twain about word choice: “The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and lightning bug.” When teaching my daughter the word “bubbles” recently, I learned that there are some situations in which that stark line between the right word and the almost right word is blurred, in a good way. 573 more words


Yes, and...

One of the rules of improv is “yes, and” which in practice means that whatever your counterparts say you have to accept it instead of disagreeing or rejecting it. 750 more words


Trapped! A Whale's Rescue by Robert Burleigh

Recommended Grades: 3-5

A humpback whale travels along the Pacific coast, but hidden in the water is a forgotten fishing net.  When the whale becomes trapped, the story, based on a true event, reminds us of the important connection between humans and animals.  97 more words

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