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DEC14

Mother Tongue Annoyances

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Another Weblog on "English Communication" This one's updated quite frequently with articles pertaining word choice, references to pop culture, book reviews, etymology, grammar, etc.

 

[This is part of a series of posts, titled Useful Links, which shall feature "essential" online tools, discussions, blogs, essays and references that we find over the Internet.]

DEC13

Merriam-Webster's Word of 2007: W00t

Filed on: December 13, 2007 | Written by | Add new comment

"W00t" was chosen as Merriam-Webster's Word of the Year for 2007.According to Merriam-Webster's president, John Morse, "w00t" was an ideal choice for the Word of the Year because "it blends whimsy and new technology." The New York Times covers the complete announcement.

 

[This is a part of a series of posts, titled Open Space, where we talk about things that generally interest us, and hopefully you as well.]

NOV23

Everything is correct Vs. Nothing is relevant

Filed on: November 23, 2007 | Written by | Add new comment

A few days back, we covered the Language Log. However, this article from the same site deserves a special mention. It offers an interesting insight into one of the most baffling of all grammar mysteries.

 

[This is part of a series of posts, titled Useful Links, which shall feature "essential" online tools, discussions, blogs, essays and references that we find over the Internet.]

NOV12

Open Source Literature Finally Capturing Attention

Filed on: November 12, 2007 | Written by | Add new comment

Up until now, open teaching material was available only at the university level. But Free-reading.net plans to change this-it provides a free, wiki-based resource for early literacy instructions.

 

[This is a part of a series of posts, titled Open Space, where we talk about things that generally interest us, and hopefully you as well.]

NOV 7

Pain in the English

Filed on: November 7, 2007 | Written by | Add new comment

A lighter side to learning English.

This site/blog attempts to answer the more uncommon questions such as "Can anyone explain why the short forms or the nicknames for Robert and Richard are Bob and Dick?"

 

[This is part of the series, Nuances of English, that contains posts and hints that cover the teeny-weeny rather necessary trivialities of the English language that, at last count, numbered quiet a lot.]

NOV 6

Yahoo Launches Kickstart

Filed on: November 6, 2007 | Written by | Add new comment

While there seemed to be a social networking site for almost everything-from the ones that catered only to the elderly to the ones for dog lovers-one niche area that lacked a good networking tool, and badly craved one, was the [strictly] student/researcher community. Yahoo!'s Kickstart is a social network service that aims to connect students/alumnis at a professional level.

 

[This is part of a series of posts, titled Useful Links, which shall feature "essential" online tools, discussions, blogs, essays and references that we find over the Internet.]

NOV 5

Ten Strange Experiments

Filed on: November 5, 2007 | Written by | Add new comment

Times Online has compiled a list of ten of the most bizarre experiments of all time. An interesting read, this one, with gems like these: Another 1960s experiment, in which ten soldiers on a training flight were told by the pilot that the aircraft was disabled, and about to ditch in the ocean. They were then required to fill in insurance forms before the crash-ostensibly so, the Army was not financially liable for any deaths or injuries. They were actually unwitting participants in an experiment: the plane was not crippled at all. It revealed that "the fear of imminent death indeed causes soldiers to make more mistakes than usual when filling in forms."

I know you're probably wondering as to how will this help you... It's just that we thought that adding more categories would be too confusing.... Plus a little dose of amusement never did anybody any bad...

 

[This is a part of a series of posts, titled Open Space, where we talk about things that generally interest us, and hopefully you as well.]