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The Walrus and The Carpenter

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The Walrus And The Carpenter, by Lewis
Carroll. From Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There,
1872.

 

Periodicially, I vow to memorize "The Walrus and the Carpenter". I never get all the way, but I can usually have a good go at mangling most of it from memory built up through repeated readings.

 

Of course I consider W and C to have behaved abominably, but then again, I never fail to take delight at the final lines:

 

But answer came there none--
And this was scarcely odd, because
They'd eaten every one.

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Hola! Trinidad drops English and learns to speak Spanish

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English is the language of almost all of its inhabitants. Football and cricket are its national sports. And its main business hub is called Scarborough.
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Skwerl

Written by Karl Eccleston and Brian Fairbairn Directed by Brian Fairbairn Featuring Karl Eccleston and Fiona Pepper Cinematography by Thomas Jordan and Brian Fairbairn Music composed by Kyls Burtland Vocals by Rosie Catalano Music mix engineering ...

 

Communication despite words.

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The Crayola-fication of the World: How we Gave Colors Names, and it Messed With our Brains (Part I)

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In Japan, people often refer to traffic lights as being blue in color. And this is a bit odd, because the traffic signal indicating ‘go’ in Japan is just as green as it is anywhere else in the world. So why is the color getting lost in translation? This visual conundrum has its roots in the history of language.

 

Blue and green are similar in hue. They sit next to each other in a rainbow, which means that, to our eyes, light can blend smoothly from blue to green or vice-versa, without going past any other color in between. Before the modern period, Japanese had just one word, Ao, for both blue and green. The wall that divides these colors hadn’t been erected as yet. As the language evolved, in the Heian period around the year 1000, something interesting happened. A new word popped into being – midori – and it described a sort of greenish end of blue. Midori was a shade of ao, it wasn’t really a new color in its own right.

 

One of the first fences in this color continuum came from an unlikely place – crayons. In 1917, the first crayons were imported into Japan, and they brought with them a way of dividing a seamless visual spread into neat, discrete chunks. There were different crayons for green (midori) and blue (ao), and children started to adopt these names. But the real change came during the Allied occupation of Japan after World War II, when new educational material started to circulate.


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Poetry Pairing | 'Fairy-tale Logic'

Poetry Pairing | 'Fairy-tale Logic' | Words to make you weep and laugh and think | Scoop.it
Matching A. E. Stallings's poem "Fairy-tale Logic" with an article about fairy tales appearing on television and in films.
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BibliOdyssey: The Bookplate Collection

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"The Ex Libris (bookplate) illustrations below were selected from the first half of the enormous John Starr Stewart Collection at the University of Illinois."

 

Kindle and Nook all you like, but I'm still in love with the artefact, the physical book you hold in your hands. And those you cherish most might even be enhanced with a beautiful book plate.

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Decameron Web

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"Few great books like the Decameron have shaped our very notion of storytelling and its crucial role in the negotiation and production of shared social and cultural values. In its hundred stories, shared in ten days by ten young people escaping the Plague in mid-14th-century Florence, it combines sheer entertainment with a meaningful humanistic message. [...] The guiding question of our project is how contemporary informational technology can facilitate, enhance and innovate the complex cognitive and learning activities involved in reading a late medieval literary text like Boccaccio's Decameron."

 

Someday I would just love to spend a week exploring all this site has to offer.

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Seamus Heaney: In Memoriam M.K.H., 1911-1984

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I first read this poem about ten years ago and the imagery of the potatoes and dipping knives has never left me.

 

[Photo: Internet Poetry Archive]

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Prisencolinensinainciusol with Subtitles

Italian artist, Adriano Celentano wrote this song with gibberish to sound like English. As a music video I think it's just perfection. Absolute beauty. What ...

 

Along the same lines as Skwerl, but without the communication?

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Scrabble Tile Poem

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"Each tercet (three lines of iambic pentameter with ABA rhyme scheme) in the poem below is formed from the set of 100 Scrabble® tiles, which consist of 98 letters (including all letters A-Z) plus two blank "wildcards" that can be assigned any letter. The poem is visually depicted using six sets of Scrabble® tiles, where the two blanks in each set are indicated by red tiles. In this challenge we deem it quite permissable to use different letters for the blanks in each separate set of tiles (each stanza)."

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Lake Superior State University :: Banished Words List :: Welcome

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It may have been word of the year in some wheelhouses, but refudiate wasn't looked upon favorably by many who sent in nominations for Lake Superior State University's 36th annual List of Words Banished from the Queen's English for Mis-use, Over-use...
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Italian university switches to English

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One of Italy's top ranking universities is switching to teaching in English for most of its degree courses.
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BBC News - Study links biodiversity and language loss

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"The decline of linguistic and cultural diversity is linked to the loss of biodiversity, a study has suggested."

 

It must be the pack rat / archivist / completist in me, but the idea of a language dying is heartbreaking to me.

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The Walrus and The Carpenter

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The Walrus And The Carpenter, by Lewis
Carroll. From Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There,
1872.

 

Periodicially, I vow to memorize "The Walrus and the Carpenter". I never get all the way, but I can usually have a good go at mangling most of it from memory built up through repeated readings.

 

Of course I consider W and C to have behaved abominably, but then again, I never fail to take delight at the final lines:

 

But answer came there none--
And this was scarcely odd, because
They'd eaten every one.

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