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Plead the fifth: What’s it mean and when should you use it?

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Even if you didn’t go to law school or have never been part of a criminal trial, you’ve probably heard the legal phrase plead the Fifth. What does it mean?

Em Dash: What Is It, When to Use It, and Why?

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This punctuation mark can be stylish and strong, adding variety to your syntax, as long as you remember to use it sparingly.

How many words are in a five-minute speech?

How many words are in a five-minute speech

Imagine you need to give a 5-minute speech at a wedding. How many words should you prepare? You should write 625-750 words. Here's why.

How many letters are in the alphabet? Here’s the answer, by language.

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Not all languages share an alphabet with English. Let's look at a few different writing systems that use Latin script to see how their alphabets differ.

Are Seasons Capitalized?

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Be sure to write the seasons of the year with lowercase letters, unless you come across one of these scenarios.

Words that start with Q: Your Scrabble Cheat Sheet

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When you need a quick quip, words starting with Q can't be beat. Here's something you might not know: the letter Q is actually spelled with a C, not a Q!

Transition Words: How, When, and Why to Use Them

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Just like road signs, transitions help the reader to navigate. Transitions can be especially helpful when you introduce a new paragraph.

When to Use Whom: Tips, Tricks, and a Quiz

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By taking the time to learn the difference between “who” and “whom,” you’ll become a stronger writer.

Words That Start with Z: Your Scrabble Cheat Sheet

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If you're looking to expand your vocabulary, begin by learning a few words that start with the letter Z.