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25 Nov 2020

HOW OUR FEARS HAVE CHANGED OUR LANGUAGE

If you’ve read any of the Harry Potter books, then you know all about “he who shall not be named.” However, it may surprise you to hear that the practice of not speaking the names of the things we fear—and instead calling them by something else—is actually something that’s been done since the beginning of […]

04 Sep 2020

THE BENEFITS OF USING FILLER WORDS IN YOUR WRITING

Filler words really get a bad rap. You know the ones I’m talking about: “um”, “uh”, “like” … And hedge words, such as “just” or “kind of,” are treated just as badly. According to this article from the Harvard Business Review, though, using filler or hedge words in your speech and writing can actually be […]

28 Aug 2020
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25 BEAUTIFUL AND INSPIRING WORDS TO EXPAND YOUR VOCABULARY

As human beings, we use language every day to convey thoughts and ideas, describe our feelings and emotions, to argue our points, and to convey directions.   And, as writers, we at TWFH use language even more than the average person. Very rarely, though, do we actually sit and think about just how beautiful language […]

14 Aug 2020
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STAYING CONNECTED WHILE WE’RE DISCONNECTED

In these uncertain times of Coronavirus and quarantines, we have all had to find different ways to adapt and change the way we do things in our lives. TWFH came face to face with this challenge while trying to plan a “going away” party for our wonderful senior editor, Stephanie. We wanted to find a […]

14 Jul 2020
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BUYING A CAT IN A SACK AND OTHER FUNNY IDIOM TRANSLATIONS

Languages are fascinating and funny things. And there are so many sayings and idioms that we use in our every day speaking that we rarely think twice about. But if you ever try to translate idioms from one language to another, you realize just how strange some of the things we say really are. Take […]

07 May 2020
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EMOJIS DELAYED BY THE CORONAVIRUS

The 2019 novel coronavirus has changed our lives a lot in the past couple of months. From transitioning to remote learning and remote working, to wearing a mask in public, it’s amazing how different our lives are now from just three months ago. And it’s crazy to think of the multitude of things that the […]

02 Apr 2020
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GOOD NEWS TO BRIGHTEN UP YOUR DAY

It’s no secret that people are feeling a bit down these days. With shelter-in-place orders, businesses closing, and news stories that sound like some kind of post-apocalyptic novel, it’s no wonder people are struggling to stay positive. It is during times like these, though, that it is increasingly important to look for the beauty and […]

05 Dec 2019
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WORDS THAT CONTRADICT THEMSELVES

If you have read our blogs Why the English Language is a Writer’s Nightmare and Are There Any Synonyms for Synonym?, you are well aware that we think the English language is crazy and confusing. But, have you ever taken the time to actually stop and think about just how crazy it is? We have […]

26 Nov 2019
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FUN THANKSGIVING FACTS FROM THE WRITERS FOR HIRE

Did you know that the day after Thanksgiving is the busiest day of the year for plumbers? Or how about the fact that the woman famous for writing “Mary Had a Little Lamb” was also known as the “Mother of Thanksgiving,” after her four-decade campaign to get the holiday re-instated nationwide? With the first Thanksgiving […]

05 Nov 2019
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HOW THE PHRASE “YOU GUYS” CAME TO BE

As a writer, I have always struggled with second-person pronouns. Having spent the last few years working with a Houston-based writing team, I have taken to occasionally using “y’all” in my everyday speech. However, writing “y’all” seems to be too much of a commitment for me. As a non-Southerner, it somehow feels like I am […]