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What's The Difference Between A CV And Resume?

The phrases “Curriculum Vitae” (CV for short) and “resume” are often used interchangeably by job listings and prospective employees alike. Is there actually any difference, or is it just a case of choosing your favourite synonym? While undoubtedly similar, resumes and CVs aren’t quite the same thing. Here’s a quick explainer.


How To Invent Your Own Fantasy Language

Quenya, Sindarin, Klingon and Dothraki – there’s an art to making up languages. If you’re working on your own epic fantasy series or are just interested in linguistic, here are some tips to creating your own Tolkien-style language.


What Does 'OK' Stand For, Anyway?

As a linguistic phrase, OK is something of a phenomenon, travelling from American English into hundreds of other languages. And there are tons of myths about how OK emerged to mean that things are hunky-dory. But which story is correct? The truth is a little bit goofy.


20 Alcoholic Beverages That You're Probably Mispronouncing [Infographic]

In Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, the character of George is haunted by a decades-old memory of accidentally ordering a “Bergin and water” in a crowded pub. While most of us know the difference between bourbon and gin, it’s possible you’ve made a similar faux pas to the sniggers of nearby barflies. Here are 20 popular alcoholic beverages that you might be mispronouncing.


There's A Scientific Reason For Why We Hate The Word 'Moist'

A lot of people hate the word “moist.” It just sounds gross, but why does it repulse us? A new study published in the journal PLOS One may have some insight into why this word makes us cringe.


How Many Of These 40 Common English Mistakes Can You Spell Correctly?

How well do you know the English language? The Oxford English Corpus tracks and records written language as it is used in real situations. Of the 2 billion words of real English, the following 40 are among the most frequently misspelled. Misspelt. Whatever.


Cognitive Computing Explained In One Paragraph

The phrase “cognitive computing” is often bandied about when discussing artificial intelligence, data mining and deep machine learning. But what does it actually mean? During Nvidia’s GTC technology conference, IBM Watson’s chief technology officer Rob High gave a perfect distillation of this complex topic.


Why Doesn't English Have A Gender-Neutral Pronoun?

Referring to a single person who may be of any gender in English can be tricky. It can be awkward to use words like “one” or phrases like “he or she,” and many a grammarian hates using “they” as to refer to a single person. How has English gotten this far without such a convenient pronoun? Actually, it hasn’t.


Remember The 'FANBOYS' Rule For Proper Comma Usage

Commas are the most misused punctuation mark. Leaving a comma out or putting it in the wrong place can cause confusion, but you can avoid comma snafus with the FANBOYS acronym.


It's Official: Poor Grammar Is Unsexy

Lifehacker’s Mind Your Language column has repeatedly stressed that accuracy matters. According to a new survey conducted by online dating site Zoosk, it can also have a negative impact on your love life, especially for guys. More than 65 per cent of female respondents considered poor grammar to be a total “deal breaker”.


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