- December 20, 2013

WORD OF THE DAY: Burnish

WORD OF THE DAY: Burnish

burnish (transitive verb): polish, make shiny by rubbing Examples: The hotel staff burnished the wooden floor in the lobby until it shone under guests’ shoes. Alice asked the jeweler to burnish her silver bracelet.

- December 19, 2013

WORD OF THE DAY: Alacrity

WORD OF THE DAY: Alacrity

alacrity (noun): readiness to do something quickly and with a cheerful attitude Examples: The alacrity with which Jane completed her tasks at work impressed her boss so much that he gave her a promotion. Bobby’s unusual alacrity for doing his weekly chores made his mother suspicious.

- December 18, 2013

WORD OF THE DAY: Totter

WORD OF THE DAY: Totter

totter (intransitive verb): to walk slowly and unsteadily Example: The happy parents took a video of their baby’s first steps as he tottered across the carpet.

- December 17, 2013

WORD OF THE DAY: Rife

WORD OF THE DAY: Rife

rife (adjective): very common (and often unpleasant) Examples: Winter storms are often rife with school closings, power outages, and snow ball fights! “…when suspicion and cruelty were rife, and gaunt Hunger wept beside Bereavement, – in such a case, the work of any instrument of social regeneration was in large part foredoomed to failure.”W.E.B. Dubois, The […]

- December 9, 2013

THE END IS NEAR!

THE END IS NEAR!

We are fast approaching the end of the semester!  The WRMC would like to wish you the best of luck on your final exams, papers, and projects!  It has been an amazing semester getting to know your writing and interests through our coaching sessions.  There is still time to meet with one of our writing […]

- December 5, 2013

WORD OF THE DAY: Poseur

WORD OF THE DAY: Poseur

poseur (noun): a person who pretends to be someone or something he is not; an insincere person Example: The woman’s insincere appreciation of the artwork  made it clear she was a poseur and not a true admirer of the artist’s paintings.

- December 3, 2013

WORD OF THE DAY: Obtuse

WORD OF THE DAY: Obtuse

obtuse (adjective): stupid; unintelligent; unable to think clearly Examples: 1. Jenny felt obtuse when the she didn’t know the answer to the professor’s question. 2. He became obtuse and grumpy from lack of sleep.

- December 2, 2013

WORD OF THE DAY: Laud

WORD OF THE DAY: Laud

laud (noun): praise Example: He received much laud and congratulations upon completing his master’s program.

- November 27, 2013

WORD OF THE DAY: Hinder

WORD OF THE DAY: Hinder

hinder (verb): to make a process slow or difficult; to hold something back Examples: My inability to communicate in French hindered my interaction with locals during my trip to France. Don’t let fear hinder your dreams!

- November 26, 2013

WORD OF THE DAY: Equivocate

WORD OF THE DAY: Equivocate

equivocate (intransitive verb): to use vague or unclear language in order to deceive or mislead someone Examples: 1. Analysts accused the president of using equivocation when he was asked tough questions regarding foreign policy. 2. Don’t equivocate or make excuses when you turn in an assignment after the deadline.

- November 25, 2013

WORD OF THE DAY: Debunk

WORD OF THE DAY: Debunk

debunk (transitive verb): to show that something is not true; to prove something is false Examples: 1. The show MythBusters tries to debunk theories that have no scientific basis. 2. The witness debunked the defendant’s story and opened the jury’s eyes to the truth of the situation.

- November 22, 2013

WORD OF THE DAY: Bourgeois

WORD OF THE DAY: Bourgeois

bourgeois (adjective): of or relating to the middle class of society; also could describe someone who is overly concerned with wealth, possessions, and respectable behavior Examples: In his work The Communist Manifesto, Karl Marx addressed the tensions between the bourgeois class, (middle-class and affluent members of society) and the proletariat class (working-class members of society). Jane’s […]

- November 21, 2013

WORD OF THE DAY: Acrid

WORD OF THE DAY: Acrid

acrid (adjective): violently unpleasant in taste or smell Examples: 1. His least favorite thing about living in the city was the acrid smell of car exhaust fumes filling the air. 2. She left her bread in the toaster for too long, and the black, burned edges left an acrid taste in her mouth.

- November 20, 2013

WORD OF THE DAY: Tenuous

WORD OF THE DAY: Tenuous

tenuous (adjective): uncertain; not strong; flimsy; thin Examples: 1. The student’s poor test scores showed she had a tenuous understanding of the chapter. 2. The higher we hiked on Mount Everest the more tenuous the air became.

- November 19, 2013

WORD OF THE DAY: Resolution

WORD OF THE DAY: Resolution

resolution (noun): determination, a quality that makes you keep trying to do or achieve something Examples: 1. I worked hard and saved my paychecks with great resolution until I had enough money to buy a plane ticket. 2. Whenever the team started to lose hope their coach pushed them to maintain their resolution.

- November 15, 2013

FRIDAY WACKY WORD OF THE DAY: Madeupical

FRIDAY WACKY WORD OF THE DAY: Madeupical

The word of the day today comes from an article on “Using Undicitonaried Words“. Madeupical (N as an ADJ) -related to being made up. Example: Do you use madeupical words in your daily vocabulary? Example: Crafty writers like words that are madeupical in their creative writing. Example: Don’t use madeupical words on your exams! (Your […]

APA STYLE WORKSHOP 11/21/2013 2PM to 3PM

APA STYLE WORKSHOP 11/21/2013 2PM to 3PM

APA style can seem like a daunting task for the uninitiated!  This is especially true if you are used to other formats (Chicago Style, MLA, etc.).  APA takes practice (and patience) to master.  In order to provide you with support and advice, the WRMC is organizing its first APA Style Workshop.  Join the WRMC in […]

- November 14, 2013

WORD OF THE DAY: Plumage

WORD OF THE DAY: Plumage

plumage (noun): the feathers of a bird Example: A male cardinal can be identified by its bright red plumage.

- November 13, 2013

APA FORMATTING MARGINS

APA FORMATTING MARGINS

The APA manual suggests that you use 1 inch spacing on all sides.  However, the manual also says that you can use the default settings on your word processor (which might not always be set to one inch margins).  We suggest adjusting the margins to meet the 1 inch requirement (unless otherwise specified).

WORD OF THE DAY: Objective

WORD OF THE DAY: Objective

objective (adjective): based on facts, not opinions or feelings; unbiased Examples: 1. The professor asked the group to be objective when reviewing data from the survey. 2. Although she had strong political views, the professor was objective when giving lectures to the class.