20 misused English words that make smart people look silly

Alice Fagiolo:


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We’re all tempted to use words that we’re not too familiar with. If this were the only problem, I wouldn’t have much to write about. That’s because we’re cautious with words we’re unsure of and, thus, they don’t create much of an issue for us. It’s the words that we think we’re using correctly that wreak the most havoc. We throw them around in meetings, e-mails and important documents (such as resumes and client reports), and they land, like fingernails across a chalkboard, on everyone who has to hear or read them. We’re all guilty of this from time to time, myself included.

When I write, I hire an editor who is an expert in grammar to review my articles before I post them online. It’s bad enough to have a roomful of people witness your blunder—it’s something else entirely to stumble…

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Landscape almost done

This stage of the project is supposed to be about planning a landscape for my wisdom street. I’m a little behind schedule because life’s been in the way, but this is what I’ve had so far: Hogwarts, Hogsmeade, The Shire and Ancient Greece.  


Some doodles and attempts to draw

I have decided to share some of my creations for 53 Paper. Here is the link: https://mix.fiftythree.com/146641-Alice-Fagiolo 

I would appreciate some feedback. 



The blues just lost its King

We lost the king of blues, one of the most powerful male voices of a style of music which is both soothing and haunting, depending on your mood. As many great artists before him, he leaves us with an unprecedented discography full of hits and wonders.

Farewell to thee, B.B. King. Guitars will gently weep today in your honour. In this souless world, your soul will be missed the most. Thank you for touching so many hearts with your songs.

Rest in peace, King.

My 2 cents on the matter

Men and women aren’t equal, and this is not a bad thing. Through our differences we can thrive and grow as a society. Men are also different from other men, and women are not all the same. Rights cannot always be equal, and laws are not always right. But we, as humans, have laws to make things right and more equal when things are so obviously unequal. 

Opportunities, however, must always be equal for everyone. So we will keep on fighting for that. 

And those were my 2 cents on a day created to make us realise exactly that. 

Books to read! 

The pile of books to read in 2015 just keeps on growing! ❤️

A Letter to Neil Gaiman (A Pure Imagination Project)

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(My poor drawing skills don’t make Neil any justice. I deeply apologise)

Dear Neil,

I am here to inform you that you are now part of my Wisdom Street thanks to your remarkable The Graveyard Book volumes 1 and 2. I have yet to read the book, but the graphic novel was superb. Text and illustrations formed a perfect marriage. Stardust was another brilliant treat, followed by The Book of Magic. All those stories were so imaginative and magical. They made my mind soar once again, and they brought back a very old dream of mine of becoming an author. Hopefully as creative as you. What I love the most about the Graveyard Book was the growth of Nobody Owens and all his adventures. And there were so many adventures to be had in the graveyard, so many dear friends and awful foes. It had the feeling I was reading Mark Twain and his Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn. Imagine if those three met – in a world of fanfiction everything is possible, so who knows – and had the best adventure of all times.

I truly want to thank you for making me believe in magic once more, and that old amazing tales of wonderful people doing remarkable things are not dead.  Those selected tales at Unnatural Creatures were also a very special gift, and I would like to thank you one more time for introducing me to new authors whose imaginations equals yours in so many ways.

Most of all, this is a thank you letter. I feel I am almost ready to face the world of creativity and publishing and create my own adventures. Even if I do not succeed in being successful, if I can touch just one reader the way your stories have touched me, I will be incredibly happy.



PS 1: For those who are interested, I highly recommend The Graveyard Book.


PS 2: If you ever read this, Neil, sorry for being so forward and using your first name. >.<