Words

01/09/2010

Happy birthday Barry Gibb, 64 today.


Brooke Fraser – Shadowfeet

13/05/2009

Day 13 of the tune a day challenge for New Zealand Music Month.

Brooke Fraser sings Shadowfeet:

Catching up on yesterday’s posts:

Inquiring Mind had OMC Land of Plenty

Keeping Stock chose the right day for Forever Tuesday Morning from the Mockers

Rob chose Sharon O’Neill’s Words

Art & My Life joins in with Death and the Maiden from the Verlaines.

And Quote Unquote links to Gillian Whitehead.


Test your words

16/09/2008

Do you know the 100 most common words in the English language and could you type them in five minutes?

I could get only 58 – and that was after several attempts.

I noted none of the important words for social interaction – please, thank you, sorry … were in the top 10; and no was but yes wasn’t.

Hat Tip: Ex-expat


Peters Through The Looking Glass

12/07/2008

Winston Peters says NZ First handles its PR in-house.

Given the way he handles questions from journalists, I wonder if in the house there is a library with a copy of Through The Looking Glass?

‘When I use a word,’ Humpty Dumpty said, in a rather scornful tone,’ it means just what I choose it to mean, neither more nor less.’

‘The question is,’ said Alice, ‘whether you can make words mean so many different things.’

‘The question is,’ said Humpty Dumpty, ‘which is to be master – that’s all.’

Alice was too much puzzled to say anything; so after a minute Humpty Dumpty began again. ‘They’ve a temper, some of them – particularly verbs: they’re the proudest – adjectives you can do anything with, but not verbs – however, I can manage the whole lot of them! Impenetrability! That’s what I say!’

‘Would you tell me, please,’ said Alice, ‘what that means?’

‘Now you talk like a reasonable child,’ said Humpty Dumpty, looking very much pleased. ‘I meant by “impenetrability” that we’ve had enough of that subject, …


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