Posts tagged “language”

Latin for Everyone

I think I’m going to have to add some of these to my email sig. Catapultam habeo. Nisi pecuniam omnem mihi dabis, ad caput tuum saxum immane mittam! Because, you know, interdum feror cupidine partium magnarum Europe vincendarum.

Funny Stuff in My Inbox — High School Essays

A collection of terrible similes and metaphors

Euphemism Generator

She seemed like a shy girl when they met, but a few drinks later, they were throwing the rubber bald-headed chutney.

Veni, Vidi, Vici

explorant adversa viros — “When the going gets tough, the tough get going.” Literally it means, “misfortunes put men to the test.” from Veni, Vidi, Vici: Conquer Your Enemies, Impress Your Friends with Everyday Latin, by Eugene Ehlrich

Impact the Itch

Someone commented on my mini-rant that the words “itch” and “impact” are not verbs. The reader seemed to suggest that the appearance of these words in “a dictionary” as verbs is a viable argument for them being accepted that way. My reply: There are many words in “the dictionary” that are not words. You cannot

How to Pronounce the Word Height

I want you to stop what you’re doing. I want you to look at the word below. I want you to speak it aloud. height How did it sound? Say it again. Did it rhyme with “right”? It should have. Say it again. Did it rhyme with “byte”? It should have. Say it again. Aloud,

Ending Lists

On list groupings and the correct use of commas

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