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…
Sarah, 10 years old. From Words, Words, Words: Teaching Vocabulary in Grades 4-12 by Janet Allen. (via obsessedwithkimchi)
I still feel this way about reading. Ideas which had previously found no expression given flesh through an encounter with a mouthful of new language. Reading is such a beautiful thing whether you are 10 or 33. I find my appreciation of language rubs off on Jah’kaya as she surprises me with her own newly implemented words and I make certain to compliment her eloquence while holding back giddy excitement.
Cutting me open nightly, blooming through the cracks of the ribs.
I only want to be the sun for you.
Awesome! And new, I’ve never seen this one before!
Come. Come hither. Come aboard, come across, come along. Come clean. Come on down. Come around. Come back. Come off. Come in handy. Come hell or high water. Come in from the cold. Come full circle. Come of age. Come out of one’s shell, come out of the woodwork. Come off it. Come short. Come to: come to grips, come to mind, come to terms, come to think of it. Come through. Come out in the wash. Come unstuck. Come what may.
10. Saudade (Portuguese): An intense, constant longing for something that does not and probably cannot exist. A vague and constant desire for a lost love, or for an imaginary, impossible, never-to-be-experienced love.
Last weekend marked a significant date in the annals of the Oxford English Dictionary. 17 February 1872 was the date on which a Dr. William Chester Minor, American army surgeon, shot and killed George Merrett in the early hours of the morning on a gloomy Lambeth street. Not an auspicious date, granted, but Minor went on to become one of the most important volunteer contributors to the OED.
William Minor had worked as a surgeon during the American Civil War and his experiences on the battlefield led to paranoid delusions and an unstable mind. He had come to London to recuperate. Fate dealt its final blow to George Merrett during his daily walk to work at Lambeth’s Red Lion Brewery. Believing someone was trying to enter his rooms, Minor ran on to the street and shot Merrett, who happened to be walking away from him. Minor was found not guilty of the crime on reasons of insanity, but was given a life sentence at what was then called Broadmoor Asylum.
From his cell, Minor began to send in contributions to the OED. He was a well-educated man and an avid reader, with a collection of rare antiquarian books which Broadmoor allowed him to keep in a second cell. It’s possible he saw one of Murray’s appeals in a consignment of books sent to him by one of his booksellers, and the relationship began. Scouring this literature for useful quotations came naturally to him, and he worked in a very methodical manner. Upon reading a book, he would prepare a small pamphlet headed with the title of the book in question. He would then note interesting words or usages of words in an alphabetical list, followed by their relevant page number. He soon built up a collection of these word indexes, which allowed him to supply the dictionary editors with quotations that were very relevant to the words they were working on. One example of his word indexes can be seen here, in minute handwriting.
Expletive Infixation: inserting an expletive or profanity into a word for the purpose of intensification.