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8 Funny Words for Comedy Writers

By Estelle Page, Monday, August 5, 2013

Are you a comedy writer? Then you know how hard it is sometimes to write copy that is genuinely funny. Sometimes even the best writers are stuck for inspiration; you just need to fight through the (too) well-known writer’s block. A good way to shake things up a little is to scour the dictionary for a few surprisingly comical words that might spark an idea.

Some words are simply funny, just because of how they sound – and you can use this to your advantage. Have a look at these words and see if they can help you come up with new banter, inspiration and – most importantly – ingenious comic fodder  for your readers.

Bazinga

Meaning: “Gotcha!”, “in your face!”, or “fooled you!”

Origin: It derives from the word zing, which means to trick someone. The word was spread by Sheldon Cooper, a character from The Big Bang Theory.

How to use it: I replaced your shampoo with hair dye. Bazinga!

Cantankerous

Meaning: Bad-tempered and argumentative, difficult to handle.

Origin: It probably originates from Middle English contek (dissension) and was also influenced by words such as rancorous and cankerous.

How to use it: My landlord is the most cantankerous human being on the face of the earth!

Janky

Meaning: Of poor quality, undesirable, lame.

Origin: It probably comes from the work junk, meaning rubbish.

How to use it: Man, I really wanted to holla at those girls down the street but I was driving my mum’s janky car, so instead I turned into that little backstreet.

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Manscaping

Meaning: Removing excess body hair (usually around the pubic region) by waxing, shaving, or plucking for men.

Origin: It is a blend of man and landscape.

How to use it: Your back looks like a carpet! Go manscape that rug!

Rapscallion

Meaning: Good-for-nothing, a person who is immoral, someone who deceives.

Origin: It originates from rascal, which comes from rascaile – commoners in Middle English. Previously spelt rascallion.

How to use it: My sister is off limits for your friends, I don’t want some rapscallion taking her for a ride.

Scuttlebutt

Meaning: Rumor, gossip.

Origin: It comes from nautical terminology. It was originally a cask used to serve water.

How to use it: The scuttlebutt around here is that her boyfriend is married.

Wenis

Meaning: The skin around the elbow.

Origin: The origins are uncertain. It seems to be a neologism invented by some American teenagers that was then spread worldwide through the Internet.

How to use it: Who wants to see my wenis?

Wombat

Meaning: A marsupial native to Australia. It’s around 1 meter long and has a short, broad tail.

Origin: The name comes from the Darug language, spoken by the Aboriginal Darug people, who formerly lived in the area of Sydney where this animal was first discovered.

How to use it: My rabbit has put on loads of weight – she looks like a wombat!

 

I hope this list was useful. You can find more funny words here. Do you have more to suggest? Let me know in the comments section below.

Elena Manighetti is a prolific blogger. Previously a journalist for news, lifestyle, and entertainment at Giornale di Bergamo, she writes about lifestyle, healthy living, and writing. She writes for GKBC Inc.

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How to Write an Opinion Essay?

By Austin80ss, Friday, February 1, 2013

When writing an opinion essay you need to present your own point of view on a certain subject, supporting it with reasons and examples that justify that position, and also including the opposing viewpoint with arguments why it isn’t convincing enough. To write a great quality essay you can first decide the topic that you’ll discuss in your essay and your opinion about it, and then make a list of arguments you can use that support your point of view. You can start the essay with a rhetorical or thought provoking question and write it as you are speaking directly to your reader.

This type of essay has its own structure that you should follow when deciding your topic and gathering data that backs up the stated opinion. Here are its three main elements together with tips on how to write better:

  • Introduction. This is the part where you introduce your reader to the topic discussed in your essay and the opinion you have on that topic. Use generic terms and clearly define your argumentation from the very beginning, so that the reader can immediately understand your concept. If your opinion essay topic is formulated as a question, answer it in the introduction part, and leave the elaborations for the main body of the essay.
  • Main Body. The main body of the opinion essay should include arguments and examples that support the conviction you have expressed in the introduction of your paper. Your readers should know why you have that opinion on the particular subject and what is it based on. Aside this, the main body of the essay should also present viewpoints that are opposed to your expressed opinion, together with the reasons why they are proved to be unconvincing.
  • Conclusion. At the end of the essay restate and summarize your point of view to conclude the whole writing.The structure of the argumentation of your views on your opinion essay topic should first be related to your own age, family status, cultural background and personal experiences, so the reader can understand the context in which you are discussing the particular problem. Then you can use different sources of information from multiple disciplines, to further back up and validate your opinions, manifest fluency in the subject, and make your essay sound authoritative, well-thought and justified. You can support, but also challenge each remark with different scientific, historical or axiological references.

An opinion type of essay should be written in a formal style, and the language should not be too personal, meaning you shouldn’t include examples of your personal life, or expose such details, and you should avoid short forms, colloquial expressions and emotive vocabulary. Use clear sentences to introduce the topic and express your opinion, connect them with linking words and phrases, write in well-developed paragraphs, and stay away from over-generalizations. Each paragraph should start with a topic sentence that summarizes what that paragraph is about. Don’t go off-topic with your writing. Instead follow your thesis statement and guide your arguments accordingly. You shouldn’t provide additional information on the arguments themselves, like what is their origin, or definition, etc. Also, if you are using statistics to support your viewpoints, make sure that you properly reference the sources you use.

Guide your readers and show them how you’ve developed your opinion on the subject and avoid attacking and disqualifying the opposing arguments or using aggressive tone to judge their standards. No matter how strong your opinion is on the subject, it would be better if you aren’t too excessively vocal about it.

Provided by: Austin Rinehart – senior writer on EssaysCapital, married and have two lovely adult daughters. Looking for opportunities to publishing on various topics such as internet trends, science researches, strategies of life improving and etc.

Tips for Coming Up With a Successful Classified Ad

By WriterEvan, Wednesday, October 10, 2012

classifieds Tips for Coming Up With a Successful Classified AdWriting a classified ad is not necessarily as simple as it may seem. There is an art to successful classified writing just the same as any other kind of writing. Those who write successful ads will meet their goals, whereas those who neglect proper writing technique will not get the results they’re looking for. Whether you are promoting a business, looking for new employees, or trying to sell an old car, you’re going to have to make creative use of a small batch of words in order to get a good response.

You want to write with a feeling of urgency when you are drafting a classified ad. The reader should understand that this offer won’t last forever, and they’ll need to act quickly in order to get it while it lasts. This will help to generate quicker responses, which in turn will get you the results you want in less time. If you’re selling an old car, for example, you don’t want to have it sitting around for any longer than necessary. You want it gone and you want the extra money in your pocket as soon as possible. Let your readers know.

Be as descriptive as possible in your writing. Whether you’re selling something, trying to fill a position in your company, or anything else, give all the relevant details up front. This will reduce the amount of throwaway responses in your inbox and voice-mail. You should also give enough contact information for your readers to get in touch easily. If you’re not comfortable giving out your phone number an email address will usually suffice, but providing the option of phone contact will give you more rapid responses.

If you’re trying to make a sale, price reasonably. An overpriced item will be largely ignored in the classifieds, as the shopper will be able to find something of equivalent value for less without much effort. Think about how much you would be willing to pay, disregarding any sentimental attachments. If your price is firm, let the readers know. If you can allow some flexibility in the price, let them know that you will field reasonable offers. Of course, beware of low-ballers. You don’t want to take a loss on your sale only to find out the next day that someone would have payed more.

Take time to proofread your ad and make sure that you categorize it correctly. New websites like www.craigslist.org and www.olx.com allow users to create and post their own classifieds for free, but it’s on you to make sure that everything is correctly typed and tagged. Include relevant keywords that will come up in searches. Title your ad descriptively so that it will be eye-catching, but avoid typing anything in all capital letters. Include pictures if possible, especially if you’re making a sale. Ads without pictures are most often ignored. If you’ve followed these guidelines for effective classified writing, you should be receiving responses in no time.

The Importance of Content Writing

By Olive Ester, Friday, April 27, 2012

When you start an online business, the most important thing is ensuring not only its growth but also its success. What most people do not keep in mind is that the success or the failure of a business depends on their web content as well as the promotional content that they have. If you are a business owner, you should always contemplate the impact that content writing could have on your business.

The biggest mistake that most business owners make is take for granted the traffic that they may get on their websites. When a website has content that is not pertinent to the products or services that are being offered, it is highly likely that the website will fail to attract customers. To a potential customer, poor content writing almost always translates to poor products or services.  One can know if this is the case for example if you have a high quality products on offer yet you are not making any sales. Selling products does not just entail putting a price tag on the goods and letting the customer shop online. This is where content writing comes in. One needs to ensure that the copy that accompanies the details of the goods or services is properly written in a compelling manner. By having captivating content on your website, you are ensuring that the visitors to your site stay to read on. This may then lead them to purchase what you are offering to sell to them. With this in mind, one cannot take for granted the importance of professional content writing that contains marketing messages that will promote your products or services.

Another aspect of content writing is SEO content writing. This is best for people who already have content for their websites. One should then ask themselves if the content that they have is search engine optimized. Most people do not contemplate this and thus end up losing out on garnering enough traffic to their websites. By incorporating SEO in your content writing, you are effectively taking measures to ensure that your website shows up on the first page when potential customers are using the search engines to search for the products or services you offer. Balancing between high quality content writing and search engine optimization may prove to be a tight rope act. For this reason, it is always advisable for you to enlist the help of content writing services. These are services offered by professional writers who will ensure that they content they write for your website is SEO friendly. In addition to this, they also ensure that the search engine optimization does not compromise the high quality of the content that is required for your website.

Lastly, content writing is important in attaining as well as retaining customers. When you write content for your website, you should always keep in mind that you are at the mercy of the customers. The tone of your content should never be aggressive. Having said this, one should also not sound desperate.  If you do not know how to strike this balance, you should try to employ some article writing services. These writers will persuade your potential customers without sounding overly zealous.

Alan D. is the author of this article on Contextual link building. Find more information on Contextual links here

Perks of the Paper Writing Services

By TermpapersHQ, Friday, April 6, 2012

paper writing services 389x277 Perks of the Paper Writing ServicesStudents do not tend to have a very high budget for their studies, which means that if they would like things like a case study help or thesis help then they will not be able to afford to get it.  A smart student will get a part time job to cover extra expenses, so that if a time comes when they do need a little help with their work, they can hire a good writing service to ensure that their grades do not slip.

Plagiarism is not a worry if you use a reputable essay writing service.  They will produce a genuinely original piece of work, most often from the mind a person already qualified in your field of study.  If students are silly enough to hand in work that is plagiarised or suspected of being written by another person, then that student will be expelled.  This is the reason why you must check to see if the paper you have commissioned from a paper writing service is in-fact plagiarism free.  If you do find a reputable paper writing service then the plagiarism problem will not be a concern for you.  You will find that things like a book report are often easily plagiarised by the less reputable companies.  So if they are offering you bargain basement prices for things such as book reports, then cast them a sceptical eye.  There are things that are harder to plagiarise, such as term papers, etc.  All you need to do is find a reputable term paper writing services company, and you can hand in your term paper without fuss or fear of getting expelled.

One of the perks of a paper writing service is the fact that the work you commission will be completed by people who are already experts in your field of study.  Not only have they already done this piece of work before, but they also have a few years of industry experience under their belts, which will give your work that slight edge over the other students in your year.  This means that the facts placed within your work will not only be well researched, but also will be known to be true.  It is all well and good reading facts from a text book which may or may not be true, where as a person who has experience in the industry will know through experience if the facts in the text book are true and can leverage this experience to make sure that your work scores better when it is marked.

Before You Write Your Grant Proposal

By Anne Smart, Saturday, February 25, 2012

If you are new to the grant writing field or if you work in another field and are called upon to assist in the development of a grant proposal, there are some things you need to know before you begin. Knowing these four things will help facilitate the whole grant proposal process. Before you ever turn on the computer, here are some of the things you should know and be able to address.

Assess

This is the opportunity for you to become fully aware of the capacity of your organization and just what you have to offer. You should know the mission and vision of the organization and be fully able to discuss the programs and services provided. You should have access to copies of all important documents. These documents include the organizational tax exemption letter from the IRS, your Dunn and Bradstreet Number, your tax id number, the article of incorporation, the organizational chart, the bylaws, the policy and procedure manual and any other document that illustrates the impact of the services you provide. It is best to have digital copies of these as many of these will have to be attached to each grant proposal you submit.

You will need to understand the structure of the organization and where the programs you are seeking funding fall within that structure. You should be able to address staff and responsibilities and be able to identify any gaps in capacity.

Define Need

Above all else, you will need to be able to articulate the needs within your community and your ability to address and meet those needs. Many new grant writers confuse the need for dollars with the need for your programs. When a funder asks you to describe your needs, your answer must include statistics that represent the community problem you are solving. That might include poverty statistics, income guidelines and area median income, unemployment rates, children living below the poverty level, high school drop out rates, children receiving free or reduced lunches. Information like this is what illustrates to the funder that there is an issue in your community that needs addressing. If you cannot describe and define your need, you will never be able to reach potential funders.

If you can accurately address the constraints of your community then you can relate your plans to solve those problems. That is a separate section in most applications and is often called program approach, services to the community or something similar. That is your way to address and solve those needs you have demonstrated. Find your data and check your sources. Be prepared to share both in an effort to prove that you have the pulse of your community.

Identify Collaborators

The majority of funders these days are looking to see if you can leverage the award money they may give you. This is frequently called a match and some grants require a one to one match.This means for every dollar you ask for you must be able to show another dollar from another source. With respect to the federal government, if there is a match requirement, your match must be from non federal sources.

What this means for you is that you have to have partners or other funders. More and more funding sources are looking for organizations who are working with other providers to meet community needs at a grass roots level. With more sources dedicated to the solution to a problem the better the chances for the success of the program. Be able to identify your partners and, if possible, have signed partnership agreements in place.

Determine Cost

You need to know what the program is going to cost. You need to know where that program budget fits into the overall agency budget. While some agencies may not want grant proposal writers to have access to certain delicate financial information, most will realize that in the age of transparency and as a IRS approved non profit, most of that information is public information. There are ways to work with your Executive Director to keep certain information private while still providing the funder with all the required information. Be able to fully explain all of your program expenses and be able to justify each of them in relation to funding guidelines.

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