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Abbreviations in Science and Technology

Because of the bewildering variety of abbreviations for scientific and technological terms and the inconsistency of treatment, writers and editors are advised to consult with publications like The Chicago Manual of Style or a handbook specific to a scientific discipline or to an industry to confirm standard modes of abbreviation for specific terms. This post […]

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The Word of the Year for 2016

Each year, several major lexicographers release their word of the year—the term that, among the most frequently looked-up words during the previous twelve months, has most prominently captured the zeitgeist. This post discusses the 2016 selections. Merriam-Webster selected surreal, a word apropos for a year in which various seemingly irrational, inexplicable events occurred. The dictionary […]

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5 Creative Ways to Quickly Learn Medical Terminology

Many medical terms have unfamiliar sounding Greek and Latin roots, often making them challenging for people to remember. As healthcare professionals, it’s not uncommon to come across medical terminology which is simply foreign to you. However, to be successful, healthcare students need to be able to read and understand all sorts of medical terms, even if they’re caught off […]

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A Decoder for Financial Illiterates

Do you know the difference between “fiscal” and “monetary”? Don’t feel bad. Neither did the British writer John Lanchester when he began work a decade or so ago on “Capital,” his sweeping novel about contemporary London. To his annoyance, he realized that he lacked even the rudimentary vocabulary to write about one of the great forces driving […]

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