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74 Ways Characters Die in Shakespeare’s Plays Shown in a Handy Infographic: From Snakebites to Lack of Sleep

74 Ways Characters Die in Shakespeare’s Plays Shown in a Handy Infographic: From Snakebites to Lack of Sleep | English A Langlit | Scoop.it
In the graduate department where I once taught freshmen and sophomores the rudiments of college English, it became common practice  to include Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus on many an Intro to Lit syllabus, along with a viewing of Julie Taymor’s flamboyant film adaptation.
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Accidence Will Happen review – bad English is no hanging offence

Accidence Will Happen review – bad English is no hanging offence | English A Langlit | Scoop.it
Oliver Kamm rightly damns the sticklers for ‘correct’ English but also undervalues the power of the word
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100 Colorful Words to Use in Place of “Said” | Turtola's CyberEnglish Blog

100 Colorful Words to Use in Place of “Said” | Turtola's CyberEnglish Blog | English A Langlit | Scoop.it
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The Marvelous Health Benefits of Chocolate: A Curious Medical Essay from 1631

The Marvelous Health Benefits of Chocolate: A Curious Medical Essay from 1631 | English A Langlit | Scoop.it
When coffee first came to the western world during the 17th century, it didn't taste particularly good. So the people importing and peddling the new commodity talked up the health benefits of the new drink.
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The language of science and the language of advertising...in the 17th century
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40 brilliant idioms that simply can’t be translated literally

40 brilliant idioms that simply can’t be translated literally | English A Langlit | Scoop.it
By Helene Batt and Kate Torgovnick May 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 O...
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What We Lose if We Lose the Canon

What We Lose if We Lose the Canon | English A Langlit | Scoop.it
When we cease distinguishing between the great and the good, literature loses its spine.
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The difference between US vs UK Ebola news coverage - YouTube

Russell Howard looks at the extreme difference in coverage of Ebola in the UK and USA. Watch new episodes every Thursday at 10pm on BBC Two. Follow the show ...
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An Answer to the Novel’s Detractors - The New Yorker

An Answer to the Novel’s Detractors - The New Yorker | English A Langlit | Scoop.it
Before we rush to condemn whole-hog the novel’s supposedly obsolete conventions, we ought look at how they function and what they do well.
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Social Farter Ontario Ministry of Health TV Commercial Ad by advoplica - YouTube

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How language transformed humanity

How language transformed humanity | English A Langlit | Scoop.it
Biologist Mark Pagel shares an intriguing theory about why humans evolved our complex system of language. He suggests that language is a piece of "social technology" that allowed early human tribes to access a powerful new tool: cooperation.
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The Edge of the Sky: An Unusual and Poetic Primer on the Universe Written in the 1,000 Most Common Words in the English Language

The Edge of the Sky: An Unusual and Poetic Primer on the Universe Written in the 1,000 Most Common Words in the English Language | English A Langlit | Scoop.it
"Perhaps the All-There-Is is not all there is."

"If one cannot state a matter clearly enough so that even an intelligent twelve-year-old
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Does Fiction Have the Power to Sway Politics?

Does Fiction Have the Power to Sway Politics? | English A Langlit | Scoop.it
Mohsin Hamid and Francine Prose debate literature’s influence on politics.
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History and Mystery: A Century of Chinese Photobooks

History and Mystery: A Century of Chinese Photobooks | English A Langlit | Scoop.it
A new exhibition collects 100 years of Chinese photobooks—a dizzying array of propaganda, portraiture, history, and oddities.
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the teleological power of photographs
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Lil Buck, Baryshnikov Dance in Surreal Rag & Bone Ad

Lil Buck, Baryshnikov Dance in Surreal Rag & Bone Ad | English A Langlit | Scoop.it
Here’s a downbeat video to send your spirit soaring: Rag and Bone’s upscale-urban menswear line showcases its edge with an inspired pairing of ballet star Mikhail Baryshnikov and Memphis jooker Lil Buck...
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Pride and Prejudice, explained in two charts

"I could easily forgive his pride, if he had not mortified mine.''
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How to tell you're reading a gothic novel – in pictures

How to tell you're reading a gothic novel – in pictures | English A Langlit | Scoop.it
Are some novels more gothic than others? We return to the genre's roots in the 18th century for this definitive guide to gothic fiction
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How I’m using my gig as a writer for ‘Transparent’ to make sure the T in LGBT isn’t edited out of television

I was born in 1971, and came of age watching soap operas. This was pre-internet, before gay marriage was even a thought, when homosexuality was still a mental disorder in the DSM. When I remember back, the only images I can recall of LGBT people on TV involved people who were white and showed up only to...
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21 Clever Writing Prompts That Will Unleash Your Students' Creativity

21 Clever Writing Prompts That Will Unleash Your Students' Creativity | English A Langlit | Scoop.it
Kickstart that school year.
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Linguistic relativity - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Linguistic relativity

The principle of linguistic relativity holds that the structure of a language affects the ways in which its respective speakers conceptualize their world, i.e. their world view, or otherwise influences their cognitive processes. Popularly known as the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis, or Whorfianism, the principle is often defined to include two versions.

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5 examples of how the languages we speak can affect the way we think

5 examples of how the languages we speak can affect the way we think | English A Langlit | Scoop.it
Economist Keith Chen starts today’s talk with an observation: to say, “This is my uncle,” in Chinese, you have no choice but to encode more information about said uncle. The language requires that ...
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Kmart's 'Ship My Pants' Commercial [HD] - YouTube

Kmart's latest online commercial is a win for juvenile humor. In it, a store worker is informing store shoppers that Kmart can "ship your pants" for free, a ...
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What Kind of Town Bans Books? - The New Yorker

What Kind of Town Bans Books? - The New Yorker | English A Langlit | Scoop.it
A group of parents recently pressured the public school I attended, in Texas, into banning seven books from assigned reading lists.
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