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Confusing Terms:

Palindromes: words or phrases that read the same backward and forward (racecar)
Oxymoron: A rhetorical figure in which contradictory terms are combined (deafening silence)
Haiku: A Japanese lyric verse form having three unrhymed lines of five, seven, and five syllables, traditionally invoking an aspect of nature or the seasons.
Bimonthly: happening every two months or happening twice a month (semimonthly)

"Two" or "Too" or "To":

Two is used when expressing the number 2.  Example: "I bought two apples at the store.

Too can be used when adding another thought to an idea (similar to adding the word "also").  Example: "I bought some oranges too."  "Too" may also be used when something is used in excess.  Example: "You bought too many apples!"

To should be used in a sentence that provides more information about the action.  Example: "I will go back to the store."

"There" or "Their" or "They're":

There is used as point of reference.  Example: "Go over there and wait for me."  "There" may also be used in a passive sentence.  Example: "Waiter, there is a fly in my soup."

Their shows a possession by more than one person.  Example: "Brian and Shelley showed their new bicycles to their friends."

They're is the same as writing "They are".  Example: "They're going to the park after breakfast."

Anagram:

An Anagram, as you know, is a word or phrase that is made by transposing or rearranging the letters of another word or phrase. The following are exceptionally clever. Someone out there either has way too much time to waste or is deadly at Scrabble...

Dormitory: Dirty Room
Evangelist: Evil's Agent
Desperation: A Rope Ends It
The Morse Code: Here Come Dots
Slot Machines: Cash Lost in 'em
Animosity: Is No Amity
Mother-in-law: Woman Hitler
Snooze Alarms: Alas! No More Z's
Alec Guinness: Genuine Class
Semolina: Is No Meal
The Public Art Galleries: Large Picture Halls, I Bet
A Decimal Point: I'm a Dot in Place
The Earthquakes: That Queer Shake
Eleven plus two: Twelve plus one
Contradiction: Accord not in it

This one's truly amazing:

"To be or not to be: that is the question, whether tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune."

And the Anagram:

"In one of the Bard's best-thought-of tragedies, our insistent hero, Hamlet, queries on two fronts about how life turns rotten."

And for the grand finale:
 
"That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind." - Neil A. Armstrong

The Anagram: "A thin man ran; makes a large stride, left planet, pins flag on moon. On to Mars!"

 

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