Hold Something Over Someone’s Head

Another great question:My first thought was -- "he/she keeps bringing it up" or "they'll keep reminding me what they did for me"--but then I realized there is a phrase we often use to describe this behavior: to hold something over someone's head.Here is the definition from our app (Check them out here on iOS App Store and Google Play!):Although the person who did the favor may not try to "control" his/her counterpart, holding it over their head…

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Dramatically vs. Drastically

This morning we got an interesting question from a Snapchat viewer: I immediately thought of the word "drastically" and how we often use the two words interchangeably...after reading into it a bit, I found out there is actually a difference between "dramatically" and "drastically" (thanks to this website): These two words are not usually interchangeable. They do not mean the same thing. Drastic means severe or serious. It implies something negative–that is its connotation, or the feel of the word. In…

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The Radical Self-Love Manifesto

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To those of you wondering about the quote I post all the time on Snapchat-- this is it! We also have an Arabic version - see below! Happy Friday!

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Found this online & wanted to share with you all! LOVE LOVE LOVE these -- some of the most common errors I see when editing English papers. Hope it helps! Print a copy for yourself & paste in your notebook's inside cover--might come in handy!

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What’s new at Lahjaty?

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Happy March everyone! Well, it's been nearly two weeks since we launched the website and I have to say--it's been worth it! The old website had been around for 4 years and the makeover was WAY overdue. Now that we've launched, I'm humbled and grateful for the many editing requests, emails, and orders from all over the world.  We love you! A few of you have requested to join our team -- something I didn't…

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I am not lucky.  You know what I am? I am smart, I am talented, I take advantage of the opportunities that come my way and I work really, really hard.  Don't call me lucky.  Call me a badass.  -Shonda Rimes Note to self: You gotta do this for you.  This is for you.  This isn't about anybody.  Live for you.  Honor You.  Never lose sight of that.

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Your 5 Most-Requested Translations for Arabic Tattoos

Please note that we now have a tattoo translation service available for a minimal fee.  Link here: https://www.lahjaty.com/shop/arabic-tattoo-translation-one-tattoo/We posted a Youtube video a few months ago on general advice for Arabic tattoos.  I was happy to see many responses from people regarding their own ideas for Arabic tattoos, and replying to your comments has been both fun and gratifying.   the comments read (below, in Arabic): "The Westerners get so many dumb tattoos"Well, I'm not sure I…

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MUST Watch before getting an Arabic tattoo

As a translator, I get a lot of inquiries regarding tattoos in Arabic.  I've seen some great stuff and I've seen some...let's just say "not so great" stuff. For those of you new to the language, here is a bit of introduction.  In the below video, I address basics of Arabic script and a few common misconceptions. Hope it helps! Love, Shannon

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