From a recent tweet by James Martin:
A woman gives birth in the UK every 48 seconds. She must be exhausted.
Which reminded me of a recent conversation I had about the surprisingly dangerous skills of deer:
Every year, somebody’s dog gets killed by a deer. It’s always the same person. They never learn. You just shouldn’t have a Chihuahua in Churchill, Manitoba
Obviously, the original intention is for neither the same woman nor the same dog owner, and the humour comes from violating this expectation, but why are both readings available in the first place?
This post has been sitting in my draft pile for a while. It was initially just based on personal introspection. I had come to realise that one easy give away when I’m annoyed is that I’ll preface a request or suggestion with ‘dude’:
dude, can you please turn that music down
dude, we’re going…
Have you ever wondered how male bovine excrement became synonymous with boldfaced nonsense?
Most would say, “Well, because it smells,” but why bulls in particular? Perhaps bull pies are a particularly smelly brand of animal waste.
As it happens, bull, as a synonym for deceitful foolishness,…
oh verbs, ur so silly
View full lesson: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/beware-of-nominalizations-aka-zombie-nouns-helen-sword Few mistakes sour good writing like nominalizations, or, a…
This person wrote “publically” instead of publicly, which almost made me not want to repost this article, but alas here it is.
|—||Toni Morrison (via liberatingreality)|
Language is always in flux, but you still don’t want to look like a fool. A FOOL!
Number ten is pure gold.
Some people don’t believe that native Esperanto speakers exist. Would you then believe that I’ve found a third generation native Esperanto speaker?! Nils
And, well…it’s hard to believe, but I know….five or six native Esperanto speakers. And I bet there are lots of them over the world.
This text is in english, but there you can find the original text in Esperanto…