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Word of the Month

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Deracinate (Verb).To tear (something) up by the roots.
I would love to deracinate Covid-19 from the face of the earth.

 

Tip of the Month

Copyright and Copy Write Definitions

  • A work-whether it is a story, play, song, poem, report, book, and others-that is protected by copyright is not copywritten, it is copyrighted.
  • Copywriting is the act of writing content for marketing. It has nothing to do with copyright status.

After the content is copywritten, then the writer or owner of the content may copyright it.

Source: Information taken from Copyright and Permissions: What Every Writer and Editor Should Know, by Elsa Peterson c. 2012.

 

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