Post with tag ‘English

  • 09/05/2014

    Language quote (3)

    “I believe more in the scissors than I do in the pencil”

    Truman Capote

  • 31/01/2014

    Language quote (1)

    With this post I would like to start a series of quotes about language that I think are relevant to writing for science, and writing clearly (“plain language”) which are topics that I would like to post about in the future.

    I hope that these and the “Scientific language quotes” give you some “food for thought” regarding the way you write.

    “Don’t use words too big for the subject. Don’t say infinitely when you mean very; otherwise you’ll have no word left when you want to talk about something really infinite.”
    ― C. S. Lewis

  • 13/09/2013

    Relaxing cup of café con leche

    I guess that you’re no stranger to what happened on September 7th when Madrid’s Mayor, Ana Botella (now known as “Anne Bottle”), spoke to representatives of the International Olympic Commitee. She was promoting Madrid as a host city for the 2020 Olympic Games and she gave a speech in English that has now gone viral on the Internet. (more…)

  • 05/06/2013

    Putting ideas into words: Ban Blank Page Syndrome From Coming Back

    In my previous “The blank page syndrome” post I gave you some tips to get out of the “I can’t write anything” state.

    As we saw, the Blank Page syndrome is a tricky adversary because you never know when it will be paying a visit… However, you can take a few measures to keep it at bay (forewarned is forearmed!) (more…)

  • 12/04/2013

    Word of the week

    infer – to derive as a conclusion from facts or premises; to form an opinion that something is probably true because of information that you have

    Please note that: a) it doubles the “r” in the past tense (inferred) and present and past participle (inferring / inferred) b) it takes “that” and “from”

    Am. English pronunciation here Br. English here

  • 19/03/2013

    Putting ideas into words: The blank page syndrome

    You log on to your computer, ready to go. You open Powerpoint, Word, LaTex or whatever program you need to use and, suddenly, you’re staring at a blank space, with nothing on it, which (you distinctly hear a voice in your head) demands to be filled. Somehow that emptiness makes it to your brain, locking up your (up to now quite amazing) mental faculties. You then realise that you have come down with a full-blown, nasty case of “Blank Page syndrome”. (more…)

  • 15/03/2013

    Word of the day

    acetyfy

    to make into an acetic acid

    Definition and pronunciation here (Am. English) and here (Br. English)

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