Apr 14th, 2015 by lewissandler
A shape in a drape, Focus your audio, Interviewing your brains, Know your groceries, Mason-Dixon line, Used-to-be.
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Feb 26th, 2015 by lewissandler
Origin of Five-O, Smokey, Dick, Pig, Cop
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Jan 24th, 2015 by lewissandler
areography, Grey goo, meatspace, cosmic spaghetti aka topopolis, xenology
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Jan 2nd, 2015 by lewissandler
Oxford English Dictionary: Origin of 5 new words for 2014
Catfish, Freegan, Vape, Gamification, Steampunk
Oxford English Dictionary
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Dec 5th, 2014 by lewissandler
Comet, Probe, Rosetta spacecraft, Philae
The Rosetta probe, which was carrying Philae, launched into space in 2004, using the gravity of Earth and Mars to slingshot its way towards comet 67P.
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Oct 7th, 2014 by lewissandler
Oxymorons can be culturally biased (American history); or two-word
traditional (jumbo shrimp); or one-word (cowboy); or funny (deeply
Oxymoron is also an oxymoron. Listen here to its origin.
From literature: William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet "Good-night, good-night! parting is such sweet sorrow"
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Aug 10th, 2014 by lewissandler
As Happy as a Clam; Beating a Dead Horse; Close, But No Cigar; Hissy Fit; My Bad
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Aug 5th, 2014 by lewissandler
William shares a little of his life and studying in China. William must defend his PhD dissertation in Chinese.
What should Chinese students do to study English?
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Jul 19th, 2014 by lewissandler
'Everybody says words different,' said Ivy. 'Arkansas folks says 'em different, and Oklahomy folks says 'em different. And we seen a lady from Massachusetts, an' she said 'em different of all. Couldn't hardly make out what she was sayin'!' "
-- John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath, 1939.
Boston Accent: Park the Car at Harvard Yard, Allergy, Answer, Antenna, Bar, Barber, Better, Gloucester, Cellar
Boston Vocabulary: Signal, Drinking fountain, Remote control, Wicked, Trash can, Soda, Frappe, Milkshake, Fresh, Tubby, Piggies, Hun, Jimmies, Rotary, Pisser
Jun 15th, 2014 by lewissandler
Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday , Saturday
Sunday...The name comes from the Latin dies solis, meaning "sun's day":
Monday...The name comes from the Anglo-Saxon monandaeg, "the moon's day".
Tuesday...This day was named after the Norse god Tyr.
Wednesday...The day named to honor Wodan (Odin).
Thursday...Thee day named after the Norse god Thor. In the Norse languages this day is called Torsdag.
Friday...The day in honor of the Norse goddess Frigg.
Saturday...This day was called dies Saturni, "Saturn's Day", by the ancient Romans in honor of Saturn. In Anglo-Saxon: sater daeg.