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Conflicting Proverbs

  • January 24, 2011
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Conflicting Proverbs

Proverbs and sayings are nuggets of truth wrapped up in pithy word packages. As brief as two words, often centuries old, these maxims express wisdom in simple ways that transcend time, language, and culture. As Lord John Russell put it in Notes to Roger’s “Italy”, “A proverb is one man’s wit and all men’s wisdom.”…

15 Most Misspelled Words in English

  • January 13, 2011
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15 Most Misspelled Words in English

English is influenced by every major language on Earth, including some that aren’t even used anymore, so spelling is bound to cause frustration. Our headstrong language does have rules, but not all words abide by them. The old “I before E, except after C”, for instance, was discarded when the exceptions were found to outnumber…

Happy Palindrome Day!

  • January 10, 2011
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Happy Palindrome Day!

All forms of “word play” showcase language in its versatility and potential for humorousness. The palindrome is a way of playing with words that has a rich history of use throughout the different languages of the world. In verbal and written language, a palindrome is a word or phrase that can be read the same…

The Most Frequent Words in English

  • January 3, 2011
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The Most Frequent Words in English

The English language is a living entity that is constantly growing and changing to adapt to modern culture and technology. Despite the increasing size of the lexicon, the most frequent words in English remain largely the same. According to statistics, the 100 most frequent words make up approximately 50% of all written content while the…

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