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Pizza Pie: Avoiding Repeating Redundancies

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When I was in school, I was told never to refer to a pizza as a “pizza pie.” That’s because the word pizza means “pie” in Italian. When you say “pizza pie,” you are literally saying “pie pie.”   [I digress only briefly to acknowledge that I used the word “literally” in the last sentence. […]

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Primary and Secondary Sources

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In any paper or article that attempts to explain a concept, prove a point or relay a story, the most important thing a writer can do to add credibility is to cite their sources. Citing a source lends legitimacy to writing by connecting it to other pieces of work, proving that the facts and information […]

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Persuasive Writing

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Convincing another human that your ideas are correct is one of the most important functions of language. Whether a trivial matter of where to eat or the enormous concepts of what constitutes right and wrong, the words you use can profoundly affect others. But while in conversation or public speaking one can utilize tone of […]

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Four Tips for Writing a Medical Paper

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Medical writing is a niche discipline. As a result, the authors of papers, manuscripts, and articles on medical subjects do not always have this level of expertise. Fortunately, because medicine is niche, certain standards and styles can generally be followed, depending on the type of writing, to make a piece more targeted and professional. Here […]