Nov 15th 2017

Slang

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Modern slang today

Slang is an informal language or words that are used by a specific group of people. British slang, for example, is an unofficial adaptation of the English language in Britain. This informal way of speaking is acceptable in most informal and casual settings, although some British slang words have been used so often that they have been adapted into the formal way of speaking.

Over time, the words that are used in slang either die out because people have moved to other newer slang words or their use becomes so prevalent that they have to be incorporated into the common way of speaking.

Examples of slang from all over the world

British slang

British slang is perhaps the most widely used and most documented slang in the world. British slang is used so widely that a dictionary dedicated to it was published in 1889. Since then, additional British slang dictionaries have also been published. Commonly used British slang includes:

  • Bang to rights- caught red handed
  • What a lot of Tosh- meaningless nonsense.
  • Trollied- stupidly drunk.
  • Don’t look so bait- Don’t look too suspicious.

Australian slang

Australian slang or Aussie slang is commonly referred to as strine by the locals. Not only can, the Aussie accent leave both English speakers and foreigners perplexed, but the Australian slang is also just as complex to understand.  Australian English is quite similar to British English; however, British slang and Aussie slang are two different entities. Aussie slang is all about making the words as short as possible. Here is a list of some of the most common slang expressions in Australia:

  • Barbie- barbecue.
  • Bottle-O: liquor store
  • Mozzie: mosquito
  • Root: sexual intercourse.

Teenage slang

The teenage slang of 2017 has evolved from the use of actual words to the use of abbreviations. Sometimes it can be difficult to decipher teenage slang, principally because the shorthand meanings can be varied. Some of the most commonly used teenage slang words are:

  • PAP- post a picture.
  • Bad- bad means good (as bad as they come).
  • Bae- sweetheart, lover. Sometimes it means Before Anybody Else when used with all uppercase.

So, why do people use slang?

Slang words are typically used by people belonging to a certain group. Because of this, using slang is, above all, a great way of demonstrating your identity. By using terms and words that can only be understood by a specific group, it is also easier to make a connection with like-minded people who know exactly what each word means. Slang is often termed as cool- teenage slang is especially used by the younger generations who rely on it to separate themselves from the older generation.

 

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Oct 31st 2017

End of School holidays

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The new school year has started, which puts an end to the stressful school holidays. The summer flew by and as a parent; you may or may not be grateful for the start of a new semester. If you have not already prepared for the end of the school holidays 2017-2018, you need to get started on the lengthy process of getting ready. You need to acquire school supplies, prepare school uniforms if necessary, as well as get the kids mentally prepared. If you are struggling to transition from school holidays 2017-2018 to the new school term dates, here are some tips to help you adjust:

Set a schedule

It is important to set a schedule for waking up and bedtime so that your children can get back into their normal school routine. Ideally, you should start adjusting the children’s schedule at least a week in advance so that they can get used to it by the first day of class. Resetting their sleeping patterns from what they were used to during the holiday will help them settle down in school better. It is also supposed to help with school performance.

Make studying a top priority

Transitioning from the school holidays 2017-2018 can be easier on the children when parents establish well defined academic goals for their kids. Of course, it is important to make these goals with a little input from your child so that you can hold them accountable. The path to achieving academic success is obvious; it must be characterized by regular study sessions, completed assignments and class participation throughout the year.

Meet the teachers

Most schools and principals generally urge parents to make a connection with their children’s teachers. This connection can be made during drop off on the first day of school or during the school’s open house. Most schools also host various back to school events before the end of the school holidays so that parents can acquaint themselves, especially with new teachers. Meeting your children’s teachers is important as it can help you children attain their full potential.

Don’t forget the extracurricular activities

It is essential for you as a parent to encourage your children to participate in extracurricular opportunities and activities that match their interests and preferences. There are many clubs, activities, and programs available in the modern school system to suit every child’s abilities and needs. Although extracurricular activities should be encouraged, parents should help their children with their time management skills so that their academic performance does not decline.

These tips, as well as continued support, should be able to help your child transition easily from the school holidays to the new semester. Until the next school holidays 2018, happy studying!

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Sep 25th 2017

Update on Ginger Keyboard for Android

With over 5 million Android users, the Ginger team is constantly trying to improve the users experience with our keyboard.

We have now added within our new Android release an emoji search function as part of the keyboard!

How does it work?

Download Ginger keyboard and tap on the smiley icon:

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See the search button on the top left corner?

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Now search the emotion you are looking for:

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And enjoy the results!

Best,
The Ginger Team

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Sep 17th 2017

Autumnal Equinox

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What you need to know about the Autumnal Equinox:
The autumnal equinox 2017 is finally here! But, what exactly is an equinox?

The autumnal equinox definition is one that baffles many. To fully understand the autumnal equinox definition, it is essential to first understand that the earth experiences two equinoxes each year. During the two equinoxes, the earth’s surface is bathed with light evenly throughout, which means that the equinoxes happen at the same time and the same moment everywhere in the world. This transpires when the sun crosses the celestial equator, which is an imaginary line that correlates to the earth’s equator.

The two equinoxes, which take place each year are known as vernal and autumnal equinoxes. The term equinox is derived from a Latin word that means equal night and is the reason why the northern and southern hemispheres experience different seasons at different times.

A few interesting facts about the Autumnal Equinox:

It usually occurs on the same day
The autumnal equinox takes place every year on September 22nd, 23rd or 24th. In 1931, the autumnal equinox fell on September 24 because of a rare occurrence in the Gregorian calendar that pushed the Equinox back a day. This year, the fall equinox 2017 will take place on September 22.

Autumnal equinox celebration
Cultures all over the world have been taking part in Autumnal equinox celebrations for years. One noteworthy Autumnal equinox celebration takes place at the ancient Mayan step pyramid in El Castillo, Mexico. When the Autumn and spring equinoxes occur, the sunlight produces a mysterious snake-like shape that appears to slither along the length of the steep staircase. Thousands gather each year at the step to witness this amazing event.

Equinox and solstice are different
The Equinox is derived from Latin words “aequus” and “nox”, which means equal night while the term solstice is derived from two Latin words sol and sistere, which means that the sun reached a stand. As such, the summer and winter solstice refers to the day of the year that experiences the longest period of daylight (around June 21) while the winter solstice experiences the shortest period of sunlight.

You may have noticed by now that the nights are much longer now that the month of September has begun, and that the sun has been sinking earlier than usual. In the northern hemisphere, the changes point to the end of summer and the beginning of fall. This year the fall equinox is scheduled to arrive on September 22, 2017 to signal the start of autumn for countries located in the northern half of the world.

Happy Autumnal Equinox!

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Sep 6th 2017

Writing Tips and Citation Facts

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Guest post written by Dominic Lester on September 6, 2017 

Writing an article might look like an Achilles heel, but indeed, it is not. It only requires a set of guidance and some tips to follow. Some writer keeps a focus on composing such an article, which is fully loaded with complex information. However, an over-complicated article lacks readability. Hence, the concept of a successful article is that it should contain a well-researched piece of information, but should also contain such terminologies or concept, which is easy-to-comprehend. Your article should be well organized and well formatted.
In this blog, I have summarized some major tips to guide you write a compelling and useful article. Read on and treat yourself with fruitful information.

Stick to Your Topic
When beginning with the article you should focus on the subject of your topic. Do not add irrelevant information in your content. Try to stick to the topic. Do research and jot down the major points. It is best to consult most reliable sources for extracting information.

Create a Draft
To end up composing a well-organized article the secret is to create a draft of your work. In that draft, organize your material using bullets, paragraphs, and pointers.

Your article should have four fundamental sections:
• Introduction
• Main body
• Conclusion
• Citation
Moreover, each part should be written according to their requirements.

Add Relevant Pictures or Videos
Like the most famous saying goes, “A picture worth a thousand words’ the power of adding a simple image is countless. Similarly, you can add compelling videos in it too. Incorporate short and informative videos. If your work discusses certain procedures, then demonstrate them using a video or in a pictorial form. However, remember not to add a cooking video in the middle of a technological article. Be relevant!

Use Writing Fonts
Never get afraid of using different fonts. What people mostly do is they first scan the content. They read major headings. Their eyes skim to catch key elements of the content. Therefore, to feed their curiosity, you can organize your work using various font styles. Use fonts like bold and italic to emphasize particular ideas or to stress a point. If you are about to explain a complicated term or aspect of your information, you can write it using bold fonts to capture attention instantly. Similarly, using italic fonts, you can differentiate between quotation, names of sources and the rest of the text.

Subheading
Well, subheadings, taglines, and bullets serve to be an important part of the formatting. You must format your article correctly and professionally to make sure that it delivers the right information in the right way. Incorporate sub headings in it. Subheadings actually rock. Break down your content add interactive headings and taglines. In each subheading, you can go as long as 6-7 lines or as short as 3-4 lines. If you want your readers to continue moving forward with your writings, you need to put in some extra efforts in organizing your work.

Do Not Add False Content
Say no to the use of filler content. Be precise and genuine. Do not fool your audience. A single information is available on multiple platforms, so one cannot just simply add irrelevant information and plan to succeed. You will fall flat if you do so. Hence, be real and authentic. Pick information from such sources, which are reliable. Be sure about every single word or phrase you write. Do not blindly trust resources. Check for yourself and do extensive research on areas, which are unclear.

Add Readability
Readers nowadays act like a moth to a flame. They want the content to be scannable and readable. Therefore, you should focus on some key elements to save yourself from fluttering on the ground with broken wings and ending up in the cat’s tummy. Write according to the plot you created. The first thing to remember is listing down important features. Organize your information dividing it into categories. Every area should talk about the particular aspect of information. Some of the aspects should have detailed explanation while the other should be written precisely. Present your article in a way that it compels a reader to go through the entire content. One should enjoy reading it rather than passing the time skimming it frivolously.

Do Citation, Add Authenticity
Authenticity matters to most readers. Therefore, you should add the citation at the end of your article. Citation is the process of adding references to the material present in your content. It adds credibility to a document.

Why Cite?
By doing the citation, you gave an opportunity to your reader to consult the main source for having detailed information and you make your document trustable.
The citation will highlight the level of research you did on your subject. Moreover, it will make you able to justify your ideas and quoted concepts.

When to Cite?
The citation is mostly used when a writer uses quotations, incorporate ideas that were put forward by some other authors, decides to paraphrase a piece of content, or directly refer to somebody’s work.

Proofread
The most important part of writing an article is revising its content to eliminate any mistake. To make your document error-free you can seek help from an advanced grammar tool- Ginger software. Go through the content twice and scrutinize every single mistake.

Wrapping Up
When you find yourself bogged up with technical and tedious looking article, you should blend these tips to format your work according to the requirement of modern search engines. Add a friendly reminder while drawing towards the end. In the conclusion, do not forget to add important parts of your research. Give them a summary, while providing them with a helpful advice or suggestion. Be interactive and friendly. For citing your sources, you can use an Oxford citation generator for more authentic results. Moreover, keep in mind these basic six formulas to mark your presence on every modern browser and to be able to receive maximum traffic. See how your little piece of brilliance will do wonders with the formatting tips mentioned above.

Dominic Lester is a Master’s degree holder in the University of the Westminster. He is a professional blogger and article writer who loves to write on different niches, especially the English as a language. He also provides his writing services to the academic writing companies which give essay help to those students who struggle with writing their own assignments.

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