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On Footholds And Pedestals

Posted by bro cr0cus on Sunday, June 7, 2015, In : ESL 

I first learned of the word "foothold" in a sermon in Ephesians 4:27:

"Don't give the devil a foothold."

The dear pastor described it this way: "If you give the devil your foot, he'll take the whole leg. If you give the devil your leg, he'll take your whole body." Or something like that.

From then on, my imagery was like that of a crab pulling down another, somewhat like 'crab mentality.'


A foothold is nothing like that; it has nothing to do with a hand holding down a foot. Foothold ...

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So...What? Get to Know the English of the Bible

Posted by cr0cus . on Monday, August 19, 2013, In : ESL 

 And so I was reading through my Bible one day when I came across this verse:

So let me remind you of the Eternal’s enduring love, and why we should praise Him.
    Let me tell you again how the Eternal gives and gives and gives.
All God’s wonders and goodness are done for Israel’s benefit
    according to His great mercy and compassion. 
(Isaiah 63:7, Voice)

Then I remembered an email from

Subsequently, the word “so” just got so interesting.

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Proofreading Tools for Quick Editing

Posted by cr0cus ... on Friday, March 23, 2012, In : ESL 

3 Ways to check grammar and spelling:

* Ginger Software
- available online
- free download.


- available online
- has more characters for copy-pasting.

* MSWord

- you already have it, but you have to configure it.

    1. Click the Microsoft Office Button.

    2. Click Word Options.

    3. Click Proofing.

    4. Go to Writing Style, and click Grammar & Style in the drop down choices.

    5. Click Settings...
            and read through your grammar reviewer. =)

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Online Dictionaries for Quick Reference

Posted by cr0cus ... on Thursday, March 22, 2012, In : ESL 

4 Sites to help Phone and Video English tutors bluff their way out of a new word, phrase or expression:

* Wordweb

- no ads, loads fast.
- has a free downloadable offline program.

        For Wordweb download, click here.
        Upon installation: Configure the settings for 'International' as the English standard.

    Quick Tip: Change the hot key for easier access.

    a. Right-click on the icon at the system tray.

    b. click on 'Change hot key.'

    c. The default hot key is 'Ctrl+Alt+W.'


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Preface: Some Words Are Not Read at Face Value

Posted by cr0cus ... on Thursday, February 16, 2012, In : ESL 

(An anecdote from a non-native speaker trying to master the World Language: Have you ever had one of those experiences where you pronounce words below the English standard? ESL and EFL teachers have their own embarrassing moments.)

It took me 33 years of my life to discover that 'Preface' is read as /preh-fus/. Oh sure, I've seen this word a thousand times. From the day I've learned how to read and been asked to read more than I watch TV, I kept on seeing this word on the first few pages, wh...
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