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A great place to keep your fantastic ideas, like, "Hey! I need to write more sentences about crickets and English gentlemen with unruly beards."
I’m told that Jaya Gurudev Om, roughly translated, means “hail the spiritual master,” which is something I’d never bothered to wonder until I googled it just now.
its usefulness, its awkwardness: years ago i adopted my initial as an expedient nickname equally because that’s what friends called me and because others seldom called me at all, not being able to remember my friggin’ name, and it was good; lately i have been considering that “e” when writ small is even more enigmatic than would be my name writ large and so i seem to have come full circle back into—o, no!—that pretentious, pedantic obfuscation we all abhor, and it is not (sigh.)
A feeling for language or a sensitivity for what is correct language (from word of the day).
I don’t speak any Spanish, but sometimes I use phrases like el perro gigante! just to seem more cultured than I actually am.
The fun in learning a second language is relaxed and beautiful, until you get to the insults and then it’s just silly.
Boffo sounds violent, but probably isn’t (unlike nutting someone, which most definitely is).
We regret to inform you that following your recent hit and run incident you have lost your right to use the English language and we shall be canceling your license forthwith.
It’s a nifty little word and no language kit would be complete without it.
You know you’re tired when you can’t even recall what those little bits are that break up those really big words into little… bits.
Apparently, the German equivalent for pish-posh is papperlapapp, so ‘mouse is right again; Germans get all the good words.
Why is it that “you are very much in my heart” sounds so much better in French, especially when it takes me five minutes it to decode it from my voicemail?
It’s usually being chased by Fear and you don’t want to know who or what is chasing Fear.
it’s official: the language has been corrupted beyond any recognition, straight on ‘til meaningless.
The student wrote so poorly that he actually tripped, fell down the stairs and wound up in a bloody pool of his own words.
That’s what I love about the English language — every word bears the fingerprints of our ancestors, many of whom were seriously strange.
The succulent joy of words is neither illegal nor expensive, but it is as joyous as the delectable consumption of sweet, sticky honey, dripping from your lover’s fingers.
Some books git inside your head.
You’d think by now American English would have developed a rich, varying vocabulary to accurately describe the different kinds of assholes encountered on a daily basis.
It seems to me there is probably a really cool-sounding word in German for that feeling you get when you are just past the point of no return sitting down and you realize you are about to plop down onto (into) a toilet where someone has neglected to put the seat down.
40-odd years learning this damn language and yet there always seem to be new words to learn.
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