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Ali’s grammar tip #1


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I try very hard not to be one of those grammar nazis who corrects others on the internet. I don’t think there are any prizes, or is a whole lot of goodwill on offer, for being that person. But I work as an editor, trained to spot such mistakes, I have done the Cambridge CELTA

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TS Eliot on words


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On the frequent failure of words alone to adequately convey meaning, two poem fragments from TS Eliot: Picture from here. From East Coker: V. So here I am, in the middle way, having had twenty years — Twenty years largely wasted, the years of l’entre deux guerres — Trying to learn to use words, and

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Wabi and Sabi


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I do like a good German word for something for which English has no equivalent. But I have lately expanded that beyond German into Japanese. I have the guy who sits across from me at work to thank for sending me down this path. Boy can he talk. I have to try to remember to

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Sitzfleisch


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I do love a good German word, so here is something else to add to your vocabulary (from A Word A Day). Sitzfleisch PRONUNCIATION: (SITZ-flaish, ZITS-) MEANING: noun: 1. The ability to sit through or tolerate something boring. 2. The ability to endure or persist in a task. ETYMOLOGY: [From German Sitzfleisch, from sitzen (to

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The most succinct word


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I quite like this most succinct word, and it’s definition (from 22 Words). And what the situation described therein usually results in is a kind of mexican standoff. The honor of “most succinct word” according to the Guinness Book of World Records goes to the Yaghan language of Tierra del Fuego. The word is… Mamihlapinatapai

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