Indonesia’s first Hindu State University to be setup in Bali

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Part of speech: adjective
Origin: Greek, 18th century

Not occurring simultaneously


(In digital communication) Having many operations that are not coordinated by a centralized clock or timing system

Examples of Asynchronous in a sentence

“Our asynchronous class schedule means that I’ll never get to have lunch with my boyfriend this semester.”

“He discovered the problem with the computer program was in the setup of the asynchronous system.”

Wisdom Quotes

Reach the point people expect you to reach and keep going.
I’ve always tried to go a step past wherever people expected me to end up. (Beverly Sills)
Talent is a gift that has been discovered.
I was born with a natural gift. My mother recognized the talent. (Bernie Worrell)

Did you know…

… that today is the Birthday of the Flush Toilet?  In 1837, Thomas Crapper invented the modern flush toilet. He patented an improved version of the flush toilet on January 17, 1861. Thank you, Thomas! 😉


Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“Never grow a wishbone, daughter, where your backbone ought to be.”

— Clementine Paddleford


Part of speech: noun
Origin: Latin, 14th century

An act of edifying, or the state of being improved


Guidance, especially spiritual or moral

Examples of Edification in a sentence

“To improve your test scores, you need to meet with a French tutor once a week for your edification.”

“When I’m going through a tough time, I always turn to thoughts of my grandmother’s advice for edification.”

Seasoned Nuts Quotable via PNUTs Newsletter

“There is no other way to guard yourself against flattery than by making men understand that telling you the truth will not offend you.”

“The first method for estimating the intelligence of a ruler is to look at the men he has around him.”

– Niccolò Machiavelli

Grammar cheat sheet for clean, clear, and compelling writing

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Grammar cheat sheet for clean, clear, and compelling writing

30 tips to tighten up your grammar skills

Ali Mese

Ali Mese

Jan 8 · 8 min read

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Inher best-selling book on grammar and punctuation, author Lynne Truss shows how dramatically incorrect usage can change the meaning of a sentence. Here, one little comma is the difference between a violent panda and a panda who snacks on bamboo shoots.

Grammar rules, annoying as they can be, are man-made. And man-made rules can always be unmade (or ignored). But if you’re up for the challenge, tightening up your grammar skills can pack a powerful punch in your writing.

Proper grammar isn’t just a formality. Clean and clear copy makes for compelling content. Without the distraction of grammatical errors, readers can focus on — and better understand — your message.

Whether you’re an experienced writer or just getting started, I hope these guidelines will help you as much as they have helped me.


1. Every day vs. everyday

Every day is an adjective plus a noun, which means “each day.”

Everyday is an adjective used in front of a noun to describe something that’s normal or common.

Example: Every day, I make my cup of coffee, eat breakfast, and take a shower before work — but going to the gym is not an everyday activity for me.

Parts of speech (for beginners)A basic knowledge of the main parts of speech is the first step to grasping grammar and punctuation.Nouns
Nouns name people, places, things, or ideas.
Example: My brother had a stressful day at work.Pronouns
Pronouns stand in for nouns.
Example: I stopped by my friend’s house, but she wasn’t home.Conjunctions
Conjunctions join two or more words or phrases.
Examples: I would join you for drinks and dinner, but I have other plans tonight.Verb
Verbs complete actions or show states of being.
Example: When I was in college, I studied in Europe.Adjectives
Adjectives are words that describe or modify other words.
Example: I like to read at cozy coffee shops on rainy days.Adverb
Adverbs describe verbs — specifically, how a verb is being done.
Examples: I emailed my client, and he quickly responded.Articles
Articles (a, an, the) specify which noun you’re talking about (and if the noun is general or specific in its reference).
Example: The software had a bug in it.Preposition
Prepositions show a relationship between a noun/pronoun and another word.
Example: My co-workers and I often eat lunch in the break room, where we talk about our plans for the day.

2. A lot/alot/allot

A lot describes many, and it should always be spelled in two words (never “alot.”)

Allot is a verb that means to give a share or portion.

Example: Our department spent a lot on supplies last month, so we asked if we could allot a higher amount in the budget.

3. I/me

I is a subject, which means it completes an action.

Me is an object, which means it receives an action.

Example: My siblings and I had dinner with our parents. My mom spent the whole dinner complaining to my sister and me about the weather.

(It may sound funny to say “My friend and me,” but when you are on the receiving end of the verb, it’s correct.)

4. Between/among

Between is for two, distinct things.

Among should be used for things or people that aren’t distinctly separated, or that are seen as one collective object.

Example: Among the employees, there was a need to choose between Apple and Android for their new company devices.

5. Affect/effect

Affect is a verb meaning to change or have an impact on.

Effect is a noun meaning the result of an action.

Example: A cup of coffee at night can affect sleep, since caffeine has a stimulating effect.

6. Lay vs. lie

Lay is a verb (past tense: laid) meaning to physically set an object down.

Lie is a verb (the confusing past tense: lay) meaning to physically put yourself in a flat position on a surface (or, of course, not to tell the truth).

Example: Every night, the mom lays fresh blankets on the bed before her son lies down.

7. A while vs. awhile

A while is a noun phrase meaning a period of time.

Awhile is an adverb meaning for a time.

Example: It’s been a while since I saw my college roommates.

The teacher told her students to go read awhile.

8. Further/farther

Further has to do with time.

Farther measures distance.

Example: Further into my career, I would be willing to travel farther for meetings.

9. Less/fewer

Less indicates one item (or a collective group of items). It is used before uncountable nouns.

Fewer indicates more than two items. It is used before plural (countable) nouns.

Example: I’m eating less meat these days and drinking fewer cups of coffee.

10. Besides vs. beside

Besides is an adverb and a preposition meaning in addition to or apart from.

Beside is a preposition that means nearby or at the side of.

Example: Besides the coffee, there is also tea, and the sugar is beside the stove.

11. Peek/pique/peak

To peek is a verb meaning to take a look (or a noun meaning a look).

To pique is to stimulate curiosity or interest.

Peak is the top of a mountain (or, as a verb, to reach a maximum point).

Example: A sneak peek of the new restaurant’s menu piqued my interest, but it was a bad idea to visit during peak hours.

12. Bad/badly

Bad is an adjective used to describe a noun.

Badly is an adverb used to clarify a verb.

Example: It’s not just bad luck — I did badly on the test because I didn’t study.

13. Who/whom

Who should always refer to the subject of the sentence, or the person doing the action of the verb.

Whom should refer to the object of a sentence, or the person receiving the action of the verb.

I didn’t know anyone in the office who could help me fix the problem, so I consulted with a developer whom I met at a conference.

A quick trick for remembering the difference: Turn the sentence into a question. If you can answer the question with he or she, use who. If you can answer it with him or her, use whom.

14. Into/in to

Into indicates movement.

“In” and “to” are often just unrelated, neighboring words in a sentence, usually meaning “in order to.” When movement is taking place, use “into” as one word.

The crowd erupted into applause when she walked into the room.

The consultant came in to train us last week.

15. To/two/too

To is a preposition indicating direction.

Two is a number.

Too is an adverb that can mean “excessively” or “also.”

Example: I wanted to get to work two hours early, but I was too tired.

16. Accept/except

Accept is a verb that means to consent.

Except is a preposition that indicates an exception or exclusion.

The teenagers mostly accept their parents’ rules, except for the screen time limit.

17. Assure vs. insure vs. ensure

Assure is a verb, meaning to tell someone something positively.

Insure is a verb, meaning to provide insurance.

Ensure is a verb, meaning to guarantee.

Example: I assured my husband it’s a wise investment to insure a rental car while on vacation to ensure we won’t have to pay for any vehicle damages.

18. Emigrate vs. immigrate

Emigrate is a verb meaning to leave one’s country.

Immigrate is a verb meaning to come into another country to live permanently.

Example: She emigrated from Japan and began the immigration process to live in Canada.

19. Whether vs. weather

Whether is a conjunction used to introduce a clause and express a choice between two or more things.

Weather can be a noun or a verb. As a noun, it means the state of a certain place (rain, sun, snow, etc.). As a verb, it means to withstand something.

Example: Whether or not the weather stays sunny, we plan to take a road trip to the beach.

20. Lose vs. loose

Lose is a verb meaning to fail to win or to misplace something.

Loose is an adjective meaning not tight.

Example: It’s easy to lose a button when it’s loose.

21. Compliment vs. complement

Compliment can be either a verb or a noun related to praising someone.

Complement can be either a verb or a noun related to something that goes well with another thing.

Example: I complimented the hostess on her wine choice; it really complemented the dinner she prepared.

22. Your/you’re

Your is possessive — it implies belonging.

You’re is a contraction meaning “you are.”

Example: Your presentation was amazing. I bet you’re going to get a promotion.

23. There/their/they’re

There is demonstrative, which means it refers to a place or idea.

Their is possessive, which means it indicates belonging.

They’re is a contraction meaning “they are.”

Example: There is a rumor that their company is going public, but they’re quite secretive about it.

24. It’s/its

It’s is a contraction meaning “it is.”

Its is a possessive, which indicates belonging.

Example: It’s cute how the dog wags its tail whenever it wants a treat.

25. Whose/who’s

Whose is a possessive, indicating belonging.

Who’s is a contraction meaning “who is.”

Example: The man whose car broke down asked his neighbor, who’s an experienced mechanic, for help.

26. Than/then

Than indicates comparison.

Then has to do with timing.

Example: I have more money saved for retirement now than I did then.

27. Semicolons

Semicolons (;) separate two complete sentences.

Colons (:) separate two independent clauses when the second explains or illustrates the first.

Example: The sunset was gorgeous; I grabbed my camera to take a picture.

The coffee shop was full of customers this morning: Today was the grand opening.

28. Comma splices

A comma splice occurs when you use a comma to connect two complete sentences (a complete sentence has a subject and a verb).

I’m reading a suspenseful novel, I might finish it tonight.

Instead of a comma, try any of the following options:

  • Comma + coordinating conjunction: I’m reading a suspenseful novel, and I might finish it tonight.

  • Semicolon: I’m reading a suspenseful novel; I might finish it tonight.
  • Period: I’m reading a suspenseful novel. I might finish it tonight.
  • Em dash: I’m reading a suspenseful novel — I might finish it tonight.

29. Compound modifiers

When a group of words serves as a single adjective, use hyphens to connect them.

My two-year-old son needs a nap this afternoon.

30. Apostrophes (‘)

Use apostrophes in contractions (a shorter version of two words) or possession (which indicates belonging). Generally, when there is more than one of something, the apostrophe goes after the “s.”

It’s surprising my wife’s boss asked her to take on that project on just two days’ notice.

Fun Days

Fun days

World Nutella Day

World Nutella Day – 5 February

World Human Spirit Day – 17 February

International Tug-of-War Day – 19 February

Content marketing ideas

Listicle idea: Delicious desserts you can create with Nutella

Infographic idea: Strategies to win your next tug-of-war match

Video idea: Interesting dishes you did not realize you could use Nutella in

Podcast idea: How has the power of the human spirit managed to save natur

Housing for all: HC proposes ban on NRIs from buying houses in India – The Economic Times

Jay’s Random Poetry

The memory we used to share is no longer coherent.]
She is never happy until she finds something to be unhappy about; then,
she is overjoyed.
I covered my friend in baby oil.\
The busker hoped that passers-by would throw money, but they threw tomatoes instead, so he exchanged his hat for a juicer.
I really want to go to work, but I am too sick to drive.
You realize you’re not alone as you sit in your bedroom massaging your calves after a long day of playing tug-of-war with Grandpa Joe in the hospital.

World Interfaith Harmony Week: 1–7 February

This day was established as a way to promote harmony and mutual understanding between members of all faiths.

Content marketing ideas

Listicle idea: How can governments promote inter-culture goodwill?

Infographic idea: Places in the world with the greatest inter-faith diversity

Video idea: Spanning across faiths: Stories of best friends from different religious communities

Podcast idea: In a world of divide, how do we reach out and bridge the gap?

Brand campaign that worked

This heartwarming ad by Surf excel shows a young girl who goads other children in the neighborhood to throw colors on her during Holi. Watch the ad for the funny twist!

Did you know…

Did you know…

… that today is the birthday of the St. Jude Hospital for Children? In 1962, the St. Jude Research Hospital for Children was opened in Memphis, Tennessee. St. Jude was founded by entertainer Danny Thomas, with help from Dr. Lemuel Diggs, on the premise that “no child should die in the dawn of life.”


Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“All of us are born for a reason, but all of us don’t discover why. Success in life has nothing to do with what you gain in life or accomplish for yourself. It’s what you do for others.”

— Danny Thomas

Random phrases of the day

  1. Jig Is UpMeaning: For a ruse or trick to be discovered; to be caught.
  2. Tough It OutMeaning: To remain resillient even in hard times; enduring.
  3. Fight Fire With FireMeaning: To retaliate with an attack that is similar to the attack used against you.
  4. It’s Not All It’s Cracked Up To BeMeaning: Failing to meet expectations; not being as good as people say.
  5. Short End of the StickMeaning: Getting the bad end of a deal, or receiving the least desirable outcome from something.

Jay’s Random POetry

You’re good at English when you know
the difference between a man eating chicken and a man-eating chicken.
But, I ate a sock because people on the Internet told me to.
For the 216th time,
he said he would quit drinking soda
after this last Coke.
It’s not often you find
a soggy banana on the street.
In that instant
She saw no irony asking me to change
but wanting me to accept her for who she is.
Two seats were vacant.