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  • Can you decipher the writing on this envelope ?
  • Her writing is full of passion and energy .
  • My daughter is just starting to learn how to do joined-up writing at school .
  • The writing on the tombstone was barely visible .
  • This is a book that clearly explicates Marx's later writings.
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  • borrow something from something
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Definition of writing noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

  • Our son’s having problems with his reading and writing (= at school) .
  • a writing case (= containing paper, pens, etc.)
  • Every morning the children do writing.
  • practise/​practice
  • reading and writing

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Hello Can you tell me, which one is right "in writing" or "at writing", please? 1-He is quick in writing. 2. He is quick at writing. Regards JA  


What is your sentence supposed to mean??? (context!!)  

sdgraham said: What is your sentence supposed to mean??? (context!!) Click to expand...
Joseph A said: Sorry, but I meant if we say: "He writes quickly ". But "He is quick in writing or at writing ". I just wanted to know which one is correct " in writing" or " at writing" . And I wanted to use the word "quick" once as an adjective and once as an adverb . That is why my sentence is not clear. Can you help me for that? Regards JA Click to expand...

I suggest you abandon the attempt, since neither alternative conveys what you want to say. You could say something like, "He is quick to criticize others in his writing."  

sdgraham said: I suggest you abandon the attempt, since neither alternative conveys what you want to say. You could say something like, "He is quick to criticize others in his writing." Click to expand...


sdgraham said: "He is quick to criticize others in his writing. Click to expand...
Lun-14 said: SDGraham, where did you get the idea that the OP meant this? Click to expand...
Joseph A said: OK, I will abandon the attempt. I know that I was wrong, because I think the construction must be like this "He is quick to do something" not "He is quick in/at writing, speaking or learning, etc..." I thought that "quick" is similar to "good" in such contexts,that is why I used it in that way, for example "He is good at English." Or " He is good in cooking". I need your comment on my explanation, please . Regards JA Click to expand...


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Joseph A said: OK, I will abandon the attempt. I know that I was wrong, because I think the construction must be like this "He is quick to do something" not "He is quick in/at writing, speaking or learning, etc..." I thought that "quick" is similar to "good" in such contexts,that is why I used it in that way, for example "He is good at English." Or " He is good in cooking". I need your comment on my explanation, please . Click to expand...
sdgraham said: Not all adjectives work the same way. They are like prepositions, you just have to learn how to use them them. Moreover, I don't think quick is an adjective the way you wanted to use it. Good luck. Click to expand...
DonnyB said: As you correctly say, we use "good at [+ a subject]", so you could certainly have "good at writing" to mean something along the lines of 'His writing is of a high standard'. But "quick at ..." doesn't really work in the same way, so depending on what you want to say, you need to find an alternative way of phrasing it I'm afraid. Click to expand...


Is “At The Time Of Writing” Correct? (Meaning & Alternatives)

We will often see the phrase “at the time of writing” used in emails, formal writings, letters, etc. However, there is a lot of confusion around the true meaning of this phrase, its appropriate uses, and more. Therefore, this article will be highlighting all of the necessary answers and information.

Is “At The Time Of Writing” Correct?

“At the time of writing” is both correct and should be easily understood by any audience member. This is clearly not something we would choose to say in person or a verbal conversation of any sort, however, it is very adequate for the written word.

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What Does “At The Time Of Writing” Mean?

We will use the phrase “at the time of writing” to convey our present emotions, issues, circumstances, opinions, etc. This is a very versatile statement or phrase, which can allow us the necessary opening in our writing to then explain how we feel, view things, etc.

We can consider this phrase a very current way of keeping the recipients up to date on whatever the subject matter of the email is, as well as our opinions, concerns, etc., on it.

What Is The Abbreviation For “At The Time Of Writing”?

Most phrases that are used in conversational or informal emails generally come with or have a made-up abbreviation, that allows users to shorten the phrase for convenience or a smaller piece of writing. In terms of “at the time of writing”, the known and commonly accepted abbreviation is “ATTOW”.

Examples Of How To Use “At The Time Of Writing” In A Sentence

We will now go over the following examples that highlight the use of this particular phrase:

  • At the time of writing this email, I have now attempted to log into my account more than a dozen times – to absolutely no avail.
  • At the time of writing this email, the company is currently facing the devastating effects of the stock market crash, which will take a toll on the work ethic of employees and personnel.
  • At the time of writing this email, I have now had to reprimand two separate employees for their complete lack of care in following the uniform policy.
  • At the time of writing this letter, our country has now declared war on Germany and has joined the Allied Forces.
  • At the time of writing this letter, I am presently hidden away from the rebel forces that have taken over our town.
  • At the time of writing this letter, our nation’s security is presently under great scrutiny.
  • At the time of writing this report, it is abundantly clear that the company will lose more money before the day’s end.
  • At the time of writing this report, the last three should have been submitted, which they have not.
  • At the time of writing this report, I am considering the possibility of moving on to another source of employment.
  • At the time of writing this document, the school board may have already expelled the student.
  • At the time of writing this document, it’s clear that my brother will not be granted bail by the judge.
  • At the time of writing this document, it’s clear that the business is on the brink of bankruptcy.

Is It “As Of The Time Of Writing” Or “At The Time Of Writing”?

Both “as of the time of writing” and “at the time of writing” can be considered as correct and usable phrases. Generally, when “as of” is used, it’s denoting “ so far ” or “at such-and-such a time”. It also often gives a status that is subject to change in the future.

For example, we could say “as of the time of writing, there have been forty new cases of Omicron discovered”. This implies that the number is temporary, as more cases could be found out or people could recover.

On the other hand, we can consider “at the time of writing” to be more generic and simply refer to a point in time.

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Alternatives To “At The Time Of Writing”

We will now go over some appropriate alternative phrases to writing “at the time of writing”:

  • Currently, as I am writing this to you…
  • Amid writing this…
  • For the time being, while I write this…
  • In the course of writing this…
  • In the midst of writing this…
  • Throughout the process of writing this…
  • While I have been writing this…
  • Presently, as I am writing this…
  • At the present time, whilst this is being written…
  • Concurrently, while I am in the process of writing this…

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What is Good Writing?

At the Writing Center, we’re often asked “What makes good writing?” or “What makes someone a good writer?” Instructors wonder whether anyone can really be taught to write and why their students don’t know how to write by now. To begin to understand what makes writing, and writers, “good,” we need to ask the larger question “What is writing?”

It’s easy to agree on the definition of writing if we limit it to something like “putting pen to paper” or “typing ideas into a computer.” But if we look more closely at the elements of the act of writing, the definition comes to life. The following paragraphs might prompt your thinking about how writing happens for your students and for you.

Writing is a response.

We write because we are reacting to someone or something. While writing can feel like an isolating, individual act—just you and the computer or pad of paper—it is really a social act, a way in which we respond to the people and world around us. Writing happens in specific, often prescribed contexts. We are not just writing—we are always writing to an audience(s) for some particular purpose. When we write, we do so because we want, need, or have been required to create a fixed space for someone to receive and react to our ideas. Understanding this social or rhetorical context—who our readers may be, why they want to read our ideas, when and where they will be reading, how they might view us as writers—governs some of the choices we make. The writing context requires writers to have a sense of the reader’s expectations and an awareness of conventions for a particular piece of writing. The context of the piece further determines the appropriate tone, level of vocabulary, kind and placement of evidence, genre, and sometimes even punctuation.

Writing is linear.

In order to communicate effectively, we need to order our words and ideas on the page in ways that make sense to a reader. We name this requirement in various ways: “grammar,” “logic,” or “flow.” While we would all agree that organization is important, the process of lining up ideas is far from simple and is not always recognized as “writing.” We assume that if a person has ideas, putting them on the page is a simple matter of recording them, when in fact the process is usually more complicated. As we’ve all experienced, our ideas do not necessarily arise in a linear form. We may have a scattering of related ideas, a hunch that something feels true, or some other sense that an idea is “right” before we have worked out the details. It is often through the act of writing that we begin to create the logical relationships that develop the idea into something that someone else may receive and perhaps find interesting. The process of putting ideas into words and arranging them for a reader helps us to see, create, and explore new connections. So not only does a writer need to “have” ideas, but the writer also has to put them in linear form, to “write” them for a reader, in order for those ideas to be meaningful. As a result, when we are writing, we often try to immediately fit our choices into linear structures (which may or may not suit our habits of mind).

Writing is recursive.

As we write, we constantly rewrite. Sometimes we do this unconsciously, as we juggle words, then choose, delete, and choose again. Sometimes we do this rewriting very consciously and conscientiously as we reread a paragraph or page for clarity, coherence, or simply to see what we’ve just said and decide whether we like it. Having read, we rewrite the same phrases or ideas to make a closer match to our intentions or to refine our discoveries through language. The process of writing and then reviewing, changing, and rewriting is a natural and important part of shaping expression for an anticipated audience. So while we are trying to put our words and ideas into a logical line, we are also circling round and back and over again.

Writing is both subject and object.

We value writing because it reveals the personal choices a writer has made and thereby reveals something of her habits of mind, her ability to connect and shape ideas, and her ability to transform or change us as readers. We take writing as evidence of a subject or subjective position. Especially in an academic environment, we read written language as individual expression (whether or not multiple voices have informed the one voice we privilege on the page), as a volley from one individual mind to another. That said, writing also serves as an object for us, a “piece” or a “paper” whose shape, size, and function are determined by genre and conventions. While we don’t think of writing as technology, it is also that; it allows us to remove a person’s ideas from the confines of her head and fix those ideas in another place, a place where they will be evaluated according to standards, objectively. Here is where our sense of what counts as “good” writing develops. We have created objective (although highly contextualized) ideals for writing that include measures of appropriate voice, vocabulary, evidence, and arrangement. So while writing is very personal, or subjective, it creates an objective space, a place apart from the individual, and we measure it against objective standards derived from the context. It creates space both for the individual (the subject) and the idea (the object) to coexist so that we can both judge the merits of the individual voicing the idea and contend with the idea on the page.

Writing is decision making.

It may seem obvious, but in order to get something on the page, a writer chooses the words, the order of the words in the sentence, the grouping of sentences into paragraphs, and the order of the paragraphs within a piece. While there is an ordinariness about this—we make choices or decisions almost unconsciously about many things all day long—with writing, as we have all experienced, such decision-making can be a complex process, full of discovery, despair, determination, and deadlines. Making decisions about words and ideas can be a messy, fascinating, perplexing experience that often results in something mysterious, something the writer may not be sure “works” until she has auditioned it for a real reader.

Writing is a process.

Contending with the decision-making, linearity, social context, subjectivity, and objectivity that constitute writing is a process that takes place over time and through language. When producing a piece of writing for an audience, experienced writers use systems they have developed. Each writer has an idiosyncratic combination of thinking, planning, drafting, and revising that means “writing” something. No matter how we each describe our writing process (e.g., “First I think about my idea then dump thoughts onto the computer,” or “I make an outline then work out topic sentences”), we all (usually unconsciously) negotiate the series of choices required in an individual context and produce a draft that begins to capture a representation of our ideas. For most people, this negotiation includes trial and error (this word or that?), false starts (beginning with an example that later proves misleading), contradictions (I can’t say X because it may throw Y into question), sorting (how much do I need to say about this?), doubt about how the idea will be received, and satisfaction when they think they have cleared these hurdles successfully. For most people, this process happens through language. In other words, we use words to discover what, how, and why we believe. Research supports the adage “I don’t know what I think until I read what I’ve said.”

Altogether these elements make writing both an interesting and challenging act—one that is rich, complex, and valuable. What else is writing for you? Think about what the definitions discussed here miss and how you might complete the sentence “Writing is like…” From your experience as a writer, what else about writing seems essential? How is that connected to what you value about the process of writing and the final pieces that you produce?

For more information about student writing or to talk with someone about your writing assignments, contact Kimberly Abels [email protected] at the Writing Center.

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While that email doesn’t look especially reliable, it does offer an example of how the at sign is most commonly used. Although the at sign is most often used in email addresses, it does have a few other uses that you might come across, especially if you find yourself on social media.

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What is an at sign ?

An at sign (@) is a symbol that is commonly used before the email domain name in email addresses. This symbol may also be used to informally substitute for the word at and is often used for a specific reason on social media.

✏️ Example usage of an at sign

The following examples show some instances where an at sign might be used.

  • If you have questions, my email address is [email protected]
  • My brother @PlatypusFan777 just graduated from college! #congrats #ClassOf2021
  • Plz meet me @ the mall @ 8 2night if u want 2 hangout 😀

When do you use an at sign?

The at sign is a typographical symbol (not a punctuation mark) and has one usage in which it may appear in formal writing. However, it does have several common uses online and in informal writing.

Email addresses

The at sign is used in email addresses and typically separates a username from a domain name in an email address. For example, the email address [email protected] is hosted by Google through their Gmail email service and belongs to someone using the username sendspamhere . Because there is no other efficient way to write an email address, the at sign might be used in formal writing when mentioning a person’s email address.

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In informal writing, such as texting or on social media, the at sign may be used to represent the word at and would be read aloud as such. For example, the sentence I won $100 @ the casino would be read as I won $100 at the casino . This usage would not be considered acceptable in formal writing and should be avoided.

Social media mentions

On many social platforms, using the at sign before a person’s username allows someone to “tag” another person when posting content. Depending on the platform, doing this may cause that person to receive an alert or notification that they have been mentioned by another user. For example, a post that reads @PBandJames1234 is my BFF! #friendship includes a tag to the user named PBandJames1234 in hopes that they will see the message or the message will direct others to that person’s social media account.

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This practice is so common on social media that the at sign is sometimes used as a slang verb to mean “to tag someone in a social media post.” For example, a person who posts A hot dog is not a sandwich. Don’t @ me! on social media is jokingly saying that they don’t want anyone to mention them (or tag them) in a reply or response to this “controversial” post.

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What Is Academic Writing? | Dos and Don’ts for Students

Academic writing is a formal style of writing used in universities and scholarly publications. You’ll encounter it in journal articles and books on academic topics, and you’ll be expected to write your essays , research papers , and dissertation in academic style.

Academic writing follows the same writing process as other types of texts, but it has specific conventions in terms of content, structure and style.

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Academics mostly write texts intended for publication, such as journal articles, reports, books, and chapters in edited collections. For students, the most common types of academic writing assignments are listed below.

Different fields of study have different priorities in terms of the writing they produce. For example, in scientific writing it’s crucial to clearly and accurately report methods and results; in the humanities, the focus is on constructing convincing arguments through the use of textual evidence. However, most academic writing shares certain key principles intended to help convey information as effectively as possible.

Whether your goal is to pass your degree, apply to graduate school , or build an academic career, effective writing is an essential skill.

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Formal and unbiased

Academic writing aims to convey information in an impartial way. The goal is to base arguments on the evidence under consideration, not the author’s preconceptions. All claims should be supported with relevant evidence, not just asserted.

To avoid bias, it’s important to represent the work of other researchers and the results of your own research fairly and accurately. This means clearly outlining your methodology  and being honest about the limitations of your research.

The formal style used in academic writing ensures that research is presented consistently across different texts, so that studies can be objectively assessed and compared with other research.

Because of this, it’s important to strike the right tone with your language choices. Avoid informal language , including slang, contractions , clichés, and conversational phrases:

  • Also , a lot of the findings are a little unreliable.
  • Moreover , many of the findings are somewhat unreliable.

Clear and precise

It’s important to use clear and precise language to ensure that your reader knows exactly what you mean. This means being as specific as possible and avoiding vague language :

  • People have been interested in this thing for a long time .
  • Researchers have been interested in this phenomenon for at least 10 years .

Avoid hedging your claims with words like “perhaps,” as this can give the impression that you lack confidence in your arguments. Reflect on your word choice to ensure it accurately and directly conveys your meaning:

  • This could perhaps suggest that…
  • This suggests that…

Specialist language or jargon is common and often necessary in academic writing, which generally targets an audience of other academics in related fields.

However, jargon should be used to make your writing more concise and accurate, not to make it more complicated. A specialist term should be used when:

  • It conveys information more precisely than a comparable non-specialist term.
  • Your reader is likely to be familiar with the term.
  • The term is commonly used by other researchers in your field.

The best way to familiarize yourself with the kind of jargon used in your field is to read papers by other researchers and pay attention to their language.

Focused and well structured

An academic text is not just a collection of ideas about a topic—it needs to have a clear purpose. Start with a relevant research question or thesis statement , and use it to develop a focused argument. Only include information that is relevant to your overall purpose.

A coherent structure is crucial to organize your ideas. Pay attention to structure at three levels: the structure of the whole text, paragraph structure, and sentence structure.

Well sourced

Academic writing uses sources to support its claims. Sources are other texts (or media objects like photographs or films) that the author analyzes or uses as evidence. Many of your sources will be written by other academics; academic writing is collaborative and builds on previous research.

It’s important to consider which sources are credible and appropriate to use in academic writing. For example, citing Wikipedia is typically discouraged. Don’t rely on websites for information; instead, use academic databases and your university library to find credible sources.

You must always cite your sources in academic writing. This means acknowledging whenever you quote or paraphrase someone else’s work by including a citation in the text and a reference list at the end.

There are many different citation styles with different rules. The most common styles are APA , MLA , and Chicago . Make sure to consistently follow whatever style your institution requires. If you don’t cite correctly, you may get in trouble for plagiarism . A good plagiarism checker can help you catch any issues before it’s too late.

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Correct and consistent

As well as following the rules of grammar, punctuation, and citation, it’s important to consistently apply stylistic conventions regarding:

  • How to write numbers
  • Introducing abbreviations
  • Using verb tenses in different sections
  • Capitalization of terms and headings
  • Spelling and punctuation differences between UK and US English

In some cases there are several acceptable approaches that you can choose between—the most important thing is to apply the same rules consistently and to carefully proofread your text before you submit. If you don’t feel confident in your own proofreading abilities, you can get help from Scribbr’s professional proofreading services or Grammar Checker .

Academic writing generally tries to avoid being too personal. Information about the author may come in at some points—for example in the acknowledgements or in a personal reflection—but for the most part the text should focus on the research itself.

Always avoid addressing the reader directly with the second-person pronoun “you.” Use the impersonal pronoun “one” or an alternate phrasing instead for generalizations:

  • As a teacher, you must treat your students fairly.
  • As a teacher, one must treat one’s students fairly.
  • Teachers must treat their students fairly.

The use of the first-person pronoun “I” used to be similarly discouraged in academic writing, but it is increasingly accepted in many fields. If you’re unsure whether to use the first person, pay attention to conventions in your field or ask your instructor.

When you refer to yourself, it should be for good reason. You can position yourself and describe what you did during the research, but avoid arbitrarily inserting your personal thoughts and feelings:

  • In my opinion…
  • I think that…
  • I like/dislike…
  • I conducted interviews with…
  • I argue that…
  • I hope to achieve…


Many students think their writing isn’t academic unless it’s over-complicated and long-winded. This isn’t a good approach—instead, aim to be as concise and direct as possible.

If a term can be cut or replaced with a more straightforward one without affecting your meaning, it should be. Avoid redundant phrasings in your text, and try replacing phrasal verbs with their one-word equivalents where possible:

  • Interest in this phenomenon carried on in the year 2018 .
  • Interest in this phenomenon continued in 2018 .

Repetition is a part of academic writing—for example, summarizing earlier information in the conclusion—but it’s important to avoid unnecessary repetition. Make sure that none of your sentences are repeating a point you’ve already made in different words.

Emotive and grandiose

An academic text is not the same thing as a literary, journalistic, or marketing text. Though you’re still trying to be persuasive, a lot of techniques from these styles are not appropriate in an academic context. Specifically, you should avoid appeals to emotion and inflated claims.

Though you may be writing about a topic that’s sensitive or important to you, the point of academic writing is to clearly communicate ideas, information, and arguments, not to inspire an emotional response. Avoid using emotive or subjective language :

  • This horrible tragedy was obviously one of the worst catastrophes in construction history.
  • The injury and mortality rates of this accident were among the highest in construction history.

Students are sometimes tempted to make the case for their topic with exaggerated , unsupported claims and flowery language. Stick to specific, grounded arguments that you can support with evidence, and don’t overstate your point:

  • Charles Dickens is the greatest writer of the Victorian period, and his influence on all subsequent literature is enormous.
  • Charles Dickens is one of the best-known writers of the Victorian period and has had a significant influence on the development of the English novel.

There are a a lot of writing tools that will make your writing process faster and easier. We’ll highlight three of them below.

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AI writing tools like ChatGPT and a paraphrasing tool can help you rewrite text so that your ideas are clearer, you don’t repeat yourself, and your writing has a consistent tone.

They can also help you write more clearly about sources without having to quote them directly. Be warned, though: it’s still crucial to give credit to all sources in the right way to prevent plagiarism .

Grammar checker

Writing tools that scan your text for punctuation, spelling, and grammar mistakes. When it detects a mistake the grammar checke r will give instant feedback and suggest corrections. Helping you write clearly and avoid common mistakes .

You can use a summarizer if you want to condense text into its most important and useful ideas. With a summarizer tool, you can make it easier to understand complicated sources. You can also use the tool to make your research question clearer and summarize your main argument.

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It’s one of her most hotly anticipated singles and in the glow of her new relationship with Benny Blanco, Selena Gomez’s “Love On” lyrics hint at some steamy after-hours activities. On December 7, 2023, Selena confirmed her relationship with the famous producer, who’s been working with her on her new music.

“Love On” is her latest single and it’s a follow-up to her August 2023 “Single Soon”, where she sang about all the fun activities she’ll do when she finally breaks up with her boyfriend. In the intro, her little sister Gracie Elliott Teefey tells her not to worry about her boyfriends.

Selena Gomez’s ‘Love On’ Lyrics Hint At A Steamy New Romance

Selena goes through heartbreak and says that she’ll be a “mess” but all the things she does outweigh the grief. In the music video, she revels in all the fun with her friends by partying and going out to karaoke. And, what’s a breakup without a sleepover with all the girls?

She introduced the single a week before its release with a post on  Instagram,  “Y’all have been asking for new music for a while. Since I’m not quite done with SG3, I wanted to put out a fun little song I wrote a while back that’s perfect for the end of summer. SINGLE SOON. August 25th. Presave it now. 😘”

Selena has been open about her relationships and her state of being single. “If I can be honest, it is so cliché,” Selena told Apple Music’s Zane Lowe in 2020. “It’s just everyone dates everyone. It always seems to be within  this little bubble  — and it’s because it’s safe.”

She continued, “You’re wanting someone to understand what you’re going through, you’re almost wanting a counterpart of creativity as well, and it’s interesting and fun. But the problem with that is you end up, whether you admit it or not, you’re having a relationship for people and not even for yourself.” She added, “There’s almost this point where it’s like, ‘Oh, we’re making it known that we’re together.’ Or whatever it is. You just need to decide within our world if it’s for you or is it for show.”

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Clock in, baby, get to work Night shift, but with all the perks

This doesn’t have to be some sort of mathematical equation

Or we could make a memoir, yeah

You’ll get your thrill, just promise you’ll be patient with the outcome

Ooh, if you think about falling, got you covered like garments

Ooh, I deserve an applause for keeping you up late ’til you can’t see straight

Wait ’til I turn my love on

Why are we conversing over this steak tartare when we could be somewherе other than here making out in thе back of a car?

Timestamping when you fell in love, time can’t mess with us

Slip off your jeans, slide in the sheets, screaming “yes” in quotations

I’m no cheap thrill, I’m a rollercoaster ride, baby, jump on

Qu’est-ce que je vais te nommer? Je vais te nommer L’amour L’amour tendre

English translation: What am I going to name you? I will name you Love Tender love

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Wild weather has been roiling North America for the past few months, thanks in part to a strong El Niño that sent temperatures surging in 2023. The climate phenomenon fed atmospheric rivers drenching the West Coast and contributed to summer’s extreme heat in the South and Midwest and fall’s wet storms across the East .

That strong El Niño is now starting to weaken and will likely be gone by late spring 2024.

So, what does that mean for the months ahead – and for the 2024 hurricane season?

What is El Niño?

Let’s start with a quick look at what an El Niño is.

El Niño and its opposite, La Niña, are climate patterns that influence weather around the world. El Niño tends to raise global temperatures, as we saw in 2023, while La Niña events tend to be slightly cooler. The two result in global temperatures fluctuating above and below the warming trend set by climate change .

El Niño starts as warm water builds up along the equator in the eastern tropical Pacific Ocean, off South America.

A colored map shows temperature differences with a warm area just west of South America along the equator.

Typically, tropical Pacific winds blow from the east, exposing cold water along the equator and building up warm water in the western Pacific. Every three to seven years or so , however, these winds relax or turn to blow from the west. When that happens, warm water rushes to the east. The warmer-than-normal water drives more rainfall and alters winds around the world. This is El Niño .

The water stays warm for several months until, ultimately, it cools or is driven away from the equator by the return of the trade winds.

When the eastern Pacific region along the equator becomes abnormally cold, La Niña has emerged, and global weather patterns change again.

What to expect from El Niño in 2024

While the 2023-24 El Niño event likely peaked in December , it is still strong.

For the rest of winter, forecasts suggest that strong El Niño conditions will likely continue to favor unusual warmth in Canada and the northern United States and occasional stormy conditions across the southern states.

Two maps of typical winter conditions under El Nino and La Nina show the Southwest wetter and the Northwest and upper Midwest generally warmer under El Nino.

El Niño is likely to end in late spring or early summer, shifting briefly to neutral. There’s a good chance we will see La Niña conditions this fall. But forecasting when that happens and what comes next is harder.

How an El Niño ends

While it’s easy to tell when an El Niño event reaches its peak, predicting when one will end depends on how the wind blows, and everyday weather affects the winds.

The warm area of surface water that defines El Niño typically becomes more shallow toward spring. In mid-May 1998, at the end of an even stronger El Niño event , there was a time when people fishing in the warm surface water in the eastern tropical Pacific could have touched the cold water layer a few feet below by just jumping in. At that point, it took only a moderate breeze to pull the cold water to the surface, ending the El Niño event.

But exactly when a strong El Niño event reverses varies. A big 1983 El Niño didn’t end until July. And the El Niño in 1987 retreated into the central Pacific but did not fully reverse until December.

As of early February 2024, strong westerly winds were driving warm water from west to east across the equatorial Pacific.

These winds tend to make El Niño last a little longer. However, they’re also likely to drive what little warm water remains along the equator out of the tropics, up and down the coasts of the Americas. The more warm water that is expelled, the greater the chances of full reversal to La Niña conditions in the fall.

Summer and the hurricane risk

Among the more important El Niño effects is its tendency to reduce Atlantic hurricane activity .

El Niño’s Pacific Ocean heat affects upper level winds that blow across the Gulf of Mexico and the tropical Atlantic Ocean. That increases wind shear - the change in wind speed and direction with height – which can tear hurricanes apart.

The 2024 hurricane season likely won’t have El Niño around to help weaken storms. But that doesn’t necessarily mean an active season.

During the 2023 Atlantic hurricane season , El Niño’s effect on the winds was more than offset by abnormally warm Atlantic waters, which fuel hurricanes. The season ended with more storms than average.

The strange El Niño of 2023-24

Although the 2023-24 El Niño event wasn’t the strongest in recent decades, many aspects of it have been unusual.

It followed three years of La Niña conditions, which is unusually long. It also emerged quickly, from March to May 2023. The combination led to weather extremes unseen since perhaps the 1870s .

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La Niña cools the tropics but stores warm water in the western Pacific. It also warms the middle latitude oceans by weakening the winds and allowing more sunshine through. After three years of La Niña, the rapid emergence of El Niño helped make the Earth’s surface warmer than in any recent year .

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When to Use the At Symbol (@) in Writing

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In an age of email, you might see the ‘at symbol’ (or ‘at sign’) every day. But where does this symbol come from? And when should you use this symbol in your writing ? In this post, we take a look at the following:

  • The commercial use of @ to mean ‘at a rate of’
  • How it is used in email and social media
  • Other uses, including in computing and the sciences
  • When you should use @ in your work (and when to write ‘at’ instead)

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Using @ in Place of ‘At’

In English, the symbol @ had traditionally meant ‘at’ or ‘at a rate of’. For a long time, it has therefore been used to indicate price per unit in commercial contexts, such as on an invoice. For instance:

5 bottles of wine @ $7 per bottle = $35

The origins of using @ to mean ‘at’ are lost in time, but it may come from Venetian merchants or medieval monks. Regardless, this is why most people pronounce @ as ‘at’ in English today! And you may still find it used commercially, such as on a market stall, although this is rarer than it once was.

More commonly, you’ll now see @ used in place of ‘at’ online or in txtspk (e.g. c u @ 5 = see you at five ). This is, of course, very informal!

But what else do we use @ for in modern writing? It’s time to talk about email.

Email and Social Media

The most common place to see the at symbol these days is in an email address, such as [email protected] .

We can trace this use to the very first email, whose sender chose ‘the at sign to indicate that the [recipient] was “at” some other host rather than being local’. In other words, just like @ can show that a product is being sold ‘at’ a certain price per unit, the @ in an email tells us the recipient is ‘at’ a certain domain. And we still say ‘at’ when we read this out loud.

Since then, we’ve seen this same @ appear on social media. Most famously, Twitter uses the @ symbol at the start of usernames. But you can also use it to contact or tag other users on Facebook and other platforms.

In most modern cases, then, we use ‘@’ in relation to email or social media.

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Technical Uses: Scientific Writing and Computing

You might also see the at sign in writing from the sciences or computing. The uses of this symbol in these contexts include:

  • Scientific Writing – In technical and scientific writing, the at sign is sometimes used to indicate the conditions under which something was measured (e.g. 1.543 ml @ 34°C = ‘a measurement of 1.543 ml taken at 34°C’). It can also denote a trapped atom in a chemical formula. And it can be used in place of the word ‘locus’ in genetics (e.g. IGL@ ).
  • Computing – The at sign is used in computing languages such as CSS and Java. Different languages use the symbol differently, so you will need to look up the language in question if you want to know what an @ means.

These uses are very specific to their fields, though, so you won’t come across them often unless you work in the sciences or computing.

American English: The At Symbol in Sports

One more use of @ is to denote the home team in US sports. For example:

Friday November 1: Washington Periods @ Sydney Full Stops

This would mean Washington were playing at the home venue of the London Full Stops. However, this is only common in American English. In Australian English, we simply put the home team first .

Should I Use the At Symbol in My Writing?

This all depends on the context! If you are simply messaging a friend, it is fine to use the @ symbol in place of the word ‘at’. The same is true of most informal writing, as long as your meaning is clear.

However, you would only usually use the @ symbol in formal writing if:

  • You are writing an email address or someone’s social media handle.
  • It has a technical or scientific use in your document (e.g. trapped atoms).

But you should never use @ as short for ‘at’ in formal writing . And it is usually better to say ‘at’ in semi-formal writing (e.g. marketing materials or work emails). ‘At’ is only one more character to type, after all!

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The golden upside down arches of WcDonald's, McDonald's anime alter ego, have made frequent appearances in some of anime's most popular TV shows and movies. And to satisfy fans' imagination, McDonald's is bringing fiction to real life with a big WcDonald's rollout that will include a new sauce, manga-inspired packaging, episodic short videos, and more.

Easily the most delicious part of the WcDonald's launch is the new, limited-edition Savory Chili WcDonald's Sauce. The spicy sauce is a savory combination of ginger, garlic, and chili flakes, and is described as boasting "an energetic blast of flavor in every bite."

According to McDonald's, next week's WcDonald's anime crossover is something fans have been hoping for for years.

"Anime is a huge part of today's culture, and we love that our fans have been inviting us into the conversation for years," said Tariq Hassan, Chief Marketing and Customer Experience Officer at McDonald's USA, in a statement. "The WcDonald's universe is a reflection of what fans have created. It honors their vision and celebrates their creativity, while authentically bringing it to life in our restaurants for the first time ever."

Ready to take a trip to the WcDonald's universe? The campaign will launch at McDonald's locations in over 30 global markets on Monday, February 26.

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Starting Feb. 26, the fast food chain is celebrating its fictional depiction in the anime world with special touches, including a new chili sauce and manga-inspired packaging

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McDonald's is ending the month with a makeover.

Starting Feb. 26, the fast food chain is bringing its manga counterpart to life with its new "WcDonald's" campaign. The makeover will bring anime fans in over 30 global markets manga-inspired packaging, four episodic shorts, and a new sauce.

As for the reason behind the campaign, Tariq Hassan, Chief Marketing and Customer Experience Officer at McDonald's USA, said that it is a result of anime becoming a "huge part of today's culture."

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"We love that our fans have been inviting us into the conversation for years. The WcDonald's universe is a reflection of what fans have created. It honors their vision and celebrates their creativity while authentically bringing it to life in our restaurants for the first time ever," said Hassan in a press release statement.

According to the new sauce, fans can expect it to be a "combination of ginger, garlic, and soy with a slight heat from chili flakes." Called the "Savory Chili WcDonald's Sauce," the fast food chain says it's a dip that mirrors the "bold, dynamic spirit" of classic anime heroes.

The "WcDonald's" experience will include packaging created by Japanese manga artist and illustrator Acky Bright.

Bright worked with the company to create manga-inspired packaging that features WcDonald's Crew characters. The packaging is set to include a digital code that will give customers access to weekly digital manga drops releasing every Monday, from Feb. 26 until March 18.

The collaboration between Bright and McDonald's is one that came out of "genuine love."

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"I had a great time partnering with McDonald's to help make WcDonald's a reality for manga fans who have a genuine love for the brand. From the details of the diverse Crew characters to the manga plot itself, I loved being able to use my artwork to bring to life the dynamic, vibrant world of WcDonald's for people around the world," said Bright in a press release statement.

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