Category Archives: English

Old Books Reborn as Art

Courtesy of ideas.TED.com: “To create new art, Brian Dettmer trashes old books. The painter-turned-sculptor (TED Talk: Old books reborn as art) takes outdated reference materials such as textbooks and encyclopedias, seals them with varnish, then carves away at their pages with an … Continue reading

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10 Travel Books for National Read a Book Day

Courtesy of The Guardian: To celebrate a day for reading, we pick the recently released travel volumes, from a journey round the Hebrides to a vivid picture of the teeming streets of Kolkata. In Search of Nice Americans, by Geoff … Continue reading

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Free Comic Book Day! May 6th

Courtesy of freecomicbookday.org: “In 1992, the comic book world found itself in unprecedented territory when Art Spiegelman won the Pulitzer Prize for his stunning Holocaust survival story, Maus. Since that watershed event, the mainstream acceptance of comics and graphic novels … Continue reading

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Delhi University Plans To Teach Literature Students Facebook Post Writing

Courtesy of New Delhi Television: “The Delhi University is planning to include ‘Facebook post writing’ as part of its English literature curriculum, after the same was recommended by a core committee of the Choice Based Credit System in the institute’s … Continue reading

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ISS Astronauts Speak In A “Space Creole” Called Runglish

Courtesy of Curiosity.com: “When English-speaking American and European astronauts work alongside Russian cosmonauts, how do they communicate? Creatively, it turns out. On the International Space Station (ISS), crewmembers often communicate in an English-Russian hybrid dubbed “Runglish.” It just goes to … Continue reading

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Introducing Daliyah, the 4-year-old girl who has read more than 1,000 books

Courtesy of the Washington Post: “Before Daliyah Marie Arana was even born, her parents say, she was learning how to read. While she was pregnant with Daliyah, her mother would read books to her other young children on a daily … Continue reading

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Dord: The Word That Didn’t Exist

Courtesy of Snopes.com: What do you do if you find an error in the dictionary? “For several years, Webster’s New International Dictionary mistakenly included an entry for a word that did not exist. Given the tremendous amount of detailed information … Continue reading

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40 idioms that can’t be translated literally

From Blog.Ted.com: “It’s a piece of cake. You can’t put lipstick on a pig. Why add fuel to the fire? Idioms are those phrases that mean more than the sum of their words. As our Open Translation Project volunteers translate TED … Continue reading

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Flowers Were The Emoticons Of The Victorian Age

Courtesy of Atlas Obscura, a “definitive guide to the world’s wondrous and curious places.”: “Imagine for a moment that a messenger shows up at the door of your elegantly-appointed Victorian home and hands you a small, ribbon-wrapped bouquet, obviously hand-assembled from … Continue reading

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Acronyms and Backronyms

From Curiosity.com: “What do these words have in common: Laser, Snafu, Scuba. Well, none of these words are words at all, in fact. They’re all acronyms — as are plenty of other everyday terms that you probably thought were real … Continue reading

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