the english language may be difficult to learn but at least we dont insist on assigning genders to inanimate objects
I completely agree. I know English is a really, really screwy language, but I never understood why nouns have to have genders. It’s just…wtf?
“Average Faces From Around The World”
Finding the average face of people across the world was a tough job but someone had to do it. This guy basically takes a thousands and thousands images of everyday people from any city and the software makes an ‘average’ of the people, giving one final portrait. Take a look at this amazing project called “World of Facial Averages.”
For full article, click here.
Does anybody else notice how beautiful every single one of these people are?
There are a bunch more ethnic/nationality groups when you click on the link! :D
Why didn’t anyone make this sooner? I hate when people only use the word “said” in stories.
BLESS YOUR COW
BLESS THIS POST.
CAN I MARRY A POST?
WHO EVER MADE THIS I LOVE YOU!
I love the English language. Yes, I know it’s inconsistent with spelling, and I know it’s really confusing, but I love how much we can play with it. I know that having “pair”, “pear”, and “pare” is confusing, but you can have so much fun with them! And I know that we have a million different words that can describe the same thing, but that makes our language incredibly versatile. The subtle (and/or not-so-subtle) connotations that each synonym has adds a beautiful dimension of meaning that makes the English language extremely expressive. :)
What Is a Split Infinitive?
A split infinitive puts an adverb between the two parts of the full infinitive. “To generously sprinkle” is a split infinitive because “generously” splits the word “to” from the word “sprinkle.”
If you want to remember what a split infinitive is, just remember what might be the most famous example: Star Trek’s “to boldly go where no one has gone before.” “To boldly go” is a split infinitive. “Boldly” splits “to go.”
I am learning! Thanks for teaching me! I’ve wondered for SO LONG! :D
This is VERY interesting! I had no idea that “enormity” did not actually refer to something really big, but that it actually means hugely evil! And “bemused” is the one that really gets me! I’ve always thought “bemused” basically means “amused”, but it’s not even close! Craziness!
I think I’ve heard the word “nonplussed” before, but I didn’t know it what meant. I’ve never heard the word “fulsome” before. I’ve known for a long time that “ironic” is very often used incorrectly. [In fact, I know I’ve used it incorrectly plenty of times. The same goes for “unique”, as well as ”literally” versus “figuratively”.]
I believe that using “noisome” as meaning “noisy” actually can work, because noisiness is obnoxious and offensive to the sense of hearing.
I find it interesting that “plethora” has had a change in connotation. It used to be a bad thing to have a plethora of something, but now it’s considered good to.
I’m not sure how I feel about “redundant”. I’ve always known that “redundant” means repetitive, and thus beyond what is necessary, and thus whatever is being repeated is generally unnecessary. But I’ve never heard “redundant” used to mean “useless” or “unable to perform its function”.
But oh well. I’ve always found clarification to be useful, and I appreciate it. :)
Anyway, those are my thoughts on this. :)