( education / tech / language ) via Earbud-like-device-claims-boost-linguistic-skills-zapping-ear.html
The simple gadget dramatically improves the wearer's ability to learn new words, say the University of Pittsburgh ... read more
( education / language / english / grammar ) In a word, no. See style.mla.org/capitalizing-names-of-dog-breeds
Do not routinely capitalize the names of dog breeds. Many breed names are composed of proper nouns that you capitalize like Boston and generic terms (like retriever or terrier) that ... read more
( education / language / grammar / internet ) When is that spelling and grammar checking feature coming to Facebook, Instagram, etc.? Oh right, they probably don't want to insult 90% of their users. Never mind.
It's not that my own (or anyone's) grammar and punctuation are flawless (because there are so many contradictory rules), but can we all at least try harder for the... read more
( culture / humor / language / english ) This is pretty old, from the old newsletter in 1992, when the Soviet Union still existed, but it's still funny
How English is Being Used in Different Parts of the World
IN A TOKYO HOTEL: Is forbitten to steal hotel towels please. If you are not person to do such thing please n... read more
( education / language / english / grammar ) I used to be able to spot junk email by its bad grammar, spelling and punctuation. Now, even legitimate emails often fail the test. It makes the grammar Nazi in me very sad.... read more
( education / language / grammar ) In addition to "honoring our veteran's," how about if we honor our teachers who taught us punctuation, spelling, and the difference between possessive and plural? :)... read more
( education / language / english / grammar ) OK, people, the word is led (when pronounced led) not lead unless you're referring to the metal. I'm not surprised to see this in social media where it's acceptable (cool, even) to be completely illiterate, but I keep seeing it in news articles written by supposed journalists.
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( education / language / elizabeth ) I love how my daughter, Elizabeth, 9, makes up words.
Tonight I was complimenting her on what a good fruit smoothie she'd just made. I said she should always try to remember how much of each ingredient she used so she can make it again. So, she was going through the list of ingredients: two bananas, some of those honeydew melon pieces, a ... read more
( education / language / help ) That must be some fast signing. I'd like to see that. I guess they show the beat by tapping their feet? It's got me curious.
We are SO excited to tell y'all that Musical Sign Language Interpreters will be at this weeks show.. and it is... ... read more
( education / language ) I solved an old mystery today, thanks to one of the Russian language podcasts I've been listening to lately. It's a phase I'm going through. I'm starting to listen to Hindi, Chinese and Brazilian Portuguese, too. I guess I'm doing all of the ... read more
( education / language ) Language-related articles on this siteNames in their own tongue and script, via Language names in their own tongue and script
"The table shows native/local names for languages in their own scripts, or autoglotton... read more
( education / language / english ) Wordnik. Cool website for those who like words. I love how they provide samples from articles on the internet. And they provide an explanation/definition to links (if you click it) like the one above.
It claims to be the most comprehensive English dictionary... read more
( education / language / english ) (DING-kuhm)
Dinkum, also dinky-di, fair dinkum, adjective
True; honest; genuine.
Probably derived, like many other Australian words, from English dialect. The counties of Lincolnshire and Derbyshire had a word or dincum meaning work; a fair share of work. The word was first recorded in Australia in Rolf Boldrew ... read more
( education / language / english ) (par-si-MO-nee-uhs)
adjective: Excessively sparing or frugal.
Etymology From Middle English parcimony, from Latin parsimonia, from parcere (to spare). First recorded use: 1598.
Usage President Calvin Coolidge was so with words that he became known as 'Silent Cal'. — Rob ... read more
( education / language ) There is an old hotel/pub in Marble Arch, London which used to have gallows adjacent. Prisoners were taken to the gallows (after a fair trial, of course) to be hung. The horse-drawn dray carting the prisoner was accompanied by an armed guard who would stop the dray outside the pub and ask the prisoner if he would like ONE LAST DRINK.If he said ... read more
( culture / humor / language / english ) Every year, English teachers from across the USA can submit their collections of actual analogies and metaphors found in high school essays. These excerpts are published each year to the amusement of teachers across the country. Here are last year's winners.
1. Her face was a perfect oval, like a circle that had its two sides gently compre... read more
( culture / humor / language )
In a public
TOILET OUT OF
ORDER. PLEASE USE FLOOR BELOW
In a laundromat:
WASHING MACHINES: PLEASE REMOVE ALL YOUR CLOTHES WHEN THE LIGHT GOES OUT
In a London department store:
In an office:
WOULD THE PERSON
WHO TOOK THE STEP LADDER Y ... read more