Published on Nov 18, 2014 How the heck do you raise awareness of testicular cancer and encourage men to check their...er.."furballs" regularly?!? This Public Service Announcement (PSA) for Testicular Cancer Canada shows how.
Andrew van Zyl's insight:
Okay, this doesn't have much to do with teaching English but was just so funny and such a clever way of dealing with a sensitive (ha!) subject I just had to include it...
Published on Nov 21, 2014 Scrabble is played by millions of people worldwide.And nowhere is the game being taken more seriously right now than in London. Hundreds have turned out for the world championships.
CAPE TOWN – Following the photographing of a giant cobra on Hout Bay beach, international media have been quick to label it the deadliest beach in the world, what with a gargantuan snake frolicking so close to waters positively teeming with sharks. But locals say this is not the full story.
Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie describes a common experience for many immigrants: pushing back against “black identity” in the U.S. “I found myself taking on a new identity, oh, no rather I found a new identity thrust upon me,” Adichie tells journalist Michele Norris who founded The Race Card Project to foster candid conversations about race.
Published on Nov 10, 2014 Allen Hoe served as a combat medic during the Vietnam War, and his two sons continued his legacy of service. His oldest son, Nainoa, eventually became a first lieutenant infantry officer with the Army's 3rd Battalion. In January 2005, while leading his men through Mosul, Iraq, Nainoa was killed by sniper fire. He was 27.
3. Try to meet a poem on its terms not yours. If you have to “relate” to a poem in order to understand it, you aren’t reading it sufficiently. In other words, don’t try to fit the poem into your life. Try to see what world the poem creates. Then, if you are lucky, its world will help you re-see your own.
Publishers of the history journal in which the tweet is to be developed into a paper, OUP – Orania United Press, have kept mum about the contents, but history departments around the world are breathing a collective sigh of relief. The years of researching the root of apartheid, draining university funds, may finally be over.
There was a sphincter-clenching advertisement in last week’s Sunday papers. It came with a WARNING and featured a giant photograph of a thug pointing a revolver directly at my head. WARNING. Sounded serious. The gangster with the gun looked pretty damn serious, too.
I thought the advert was going to advise me on what to do this festive season should I be confronted by a street smart sociopath suffering from dangerously low self-esteem and a violent drug-induced psychosis. But, no. It was a warning not to buy illegal cigarettes. Excuse me? Was this desperado going to hunt me down and shoot me if I bought a box of black market fags?
News that Dr Iqbal Survé’s consortium was about to take control of the company was received with great warmth.
It soon became evident, to me anyway, that Survé had little feel for the nuances of newspaper ownership and the niceties of editorial independence.
He signalled his political intent by repeatedly warning that he would not turn his back on what he liked to call his “struggle background”, and adding that the newspapers needed to be more “balanced”. Any editor will know what balance means to politically aligned people.
"The limits of my language," the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein once posited, "mean the limits of my world." Explaining everything within the limits of the world is probably too ambitious a goal for a list like this. But here are 23 maps and charts that can hopefully illuminate small aspects of how we manage to communicate with one another.
It started out innocently enough with text messaging. Suddenly, we all started to LOL with our BFF. We politely alerted people when we were AFK by announcing BRB. When asked, we IMO told people what we were thinking (yes, that haircut was a bad idea), and when someone ticked us off (which they inevitably do) we declared in our most exasperated way of typing WTF!
"Over the last three decades Mandela has been transformed from a man into a concept and finally into a kind of sentimental pulp, used to plaster over the widening cracks in our national psyche; but this doesn’t help us get any closer to his – and therefore our – humanity. We need to know that Mandela could be proud and angry, that his beautiful smile could become a tight, disapproving scowl. It is healthy for us to know these things."
Michael from Vsauce takes a look at the frequent use of the wrong words and names to describe things. And that comparing apples to oranges might not be such a bad idea afterall. As usual, he’s on to a completely different topic by the end.
Pity the lowly adverb. Like the adenoids (I had mine removed, at age 4) or the appendix, it is regarded by rule-mongers as unnecessary, left over from a time when the body of language needed this now-useless organ to process niceties of language that we now handle by way of verbs. Or nouns. Or the effectively placed period.