Sunday, 9 October 2016

'Kids in the back seat cause accidents. Accidents in the back seat cause kids'

Clever phrases like 'Kids in the back seat cause accidents. Accidents in the back seat cause kids' are called syntactical inversion, reverse parallelism, or chiasmus. 

Remember John F. Kennedy's famous "Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country." 

It's not the men in your life that count, it's the life in your men.—Mae West
Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.—Oscar Wilde
Foreign aid is taking money from the poor people of a rich country and giving it to the rich people of a poor country.Ron Paul

Saturday, 8 October 2016

BREXIT - Laugh or Cry?

Speak INSTANT German

These are all English words with which you are thoroughly familiar. Don't worry that it sounds nonsensical, just stress the CAPITALIZED words, and we'll be speaking instant German!

YOU:  Feel and TANK, fewer diner HEEL fir.   Many thanks for your help

ME:     Nick, Sue, DUNcan!    Don't mention it!

Origin of Sandwich

Named after John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich, an 18th-century English aristocrat. It is said that he ordered his valet to bring him meat tucked between two pieces of bread, and others began to order "the same as Sandwich!"

It is commonly said that Lord Sandwich was fond of this form of food because it allowed him to continue playing cards while eating without using a fork, and without getting his cards greasy from eating meat with his bare hands.

adapted from Wikipedia

Anyone can say 'big'

Anyone can say 'big' or 'large' or 'huge' but lower down the frequency list are fancy words giving 'big' a wide range of different subtle meanings:

sizeable, of considerable size, substantial, considerable, great, huge, immense, enormous, extensive, colossal, massive, mammoth, vast, prodigious, tremendous, gigantic, giant, monumental, mighty, stupendous, gargantuan, elephantine, titanic, epic, mountainous, megalithic, monstrous, Brobdingnagian, towering;, tall, high, lofty, outsize;, oversized, overgrown, cumbersome, unwieldy;
inordinate, unlimited, goodly capacious;, voluminous, commodious, spacious informaljumbo, good-size(d), fair-size(d); king-size(d), man-size, family-size(d), economy-size(d);, whopping, whopping great, thumping, thumping great, bumper, mega, humongous, monster, astronomical, cosmic, almighty, dirty great, socking great, tidy informalwhacking;, whacking great, ginormous;