This has got to be the funniest Facebook-related image EVER:
It’s the story of Aeneas’ journey toward founding Rome, told via Facebook status updates.more→
Let’s take a common term used in politics: “tax relief.” When George W. Bush took office, George Lakoff noticed that press releases started to use the term “tax relief.” He realized that the word relief invoked a frame — that of affliction. There has to be an afflicted party that is harmed, a reliever that [...]more→
In a series entitled “Ghost in the Machine,” iri5 creates artwork using old cassette tapes and reels. She has created portraits of celebs and musicians like Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, and Jim Morrison. Of her work, she says:
It feels great to work with strange, older materials. Things that have [...]more→
Gmail tells me I have 1,884 unread emails in my inbox. Calmail informs me I have 121 unread emails. And mail.yahoo.ca urges me to attend to 295 unread emails. Fortunately, at least in the case of Gmail, the number is “off.” What happened was, when I first started my Gmail account, I retrieved all the [...]more→
The popular daily Hindustan Times carries a recent article on how patients in the major Indian metropolises are sending MMS‘s (Multimedia Messaging Service) for diagnoses to their doctors. Money quote:
“It reflects the changing face of the doctor-patient interaction. I’ve been sent clips of the symptoms – a kid with stomach cramps bawling [...]more→
Softpedia reports on a study determining that the Internet will double in size every 5.32 years:
Moore’s Law was first used to predict the number of transistors that can fit on an integrated circuit, and argued that their number would grow exponentially over time. Indeed, current trends show that twice as many transistors can be [...]more→
Via Wattpad, here’s a list of things you never knew had names:
1. AGLET – The plain or ornamental covering on the end of a shoelace.
2. ARMSAYE – The armhole in clothing.
3. CHANKING – Spat-out food, such as rinds or pits.
4. COLUMELLA NASI – The bottom part of the nose between the nostrils.
5. DRAGÉES – [...]
JFrater at listverse.com writes “10 Misconceptions About Common Sayings” — A few I found interesting:
Another Thing Coming
Common Saying: If you think that, you have another thing coming
This is a complete aberration of the original phrase because of the sound of English. The correct phrase is “if you think that, you have another think coming” [...]more→
What’s the strangest subject line in your inbox right now (you can include spam)? Here’s one in mine: “Saw man spying you” sent by concerned folks at firstname.lastname@example.org . And “Please, go downstairs now” by someone who my Gmail has blocked all info of. Wait, how will I know who to wait for if they [...]more→
caught this language blog on the New York Times:
Schott’s Vocab is a repository of unconsidered lexicographical trifles — some serious, others frivolous, some neologized, others newly newsworthy. Each day, Schott’s Vocab explores news sites around the world to find words and phrases that encapsulate the times in which we live or shed light on [...]more→
Who here learned the English alphabet to the “Twinkle, twinkle, little star” melody? Of course since we have many international readers I’m half expecting a few people to say “I didn’t!” (or maybe you did? I’m curious). Well, from my own experiences growing up, the link between music and language was strong. From more→