My friend Gabriel posted this question on Facebook:
Why do I have 3 tubes of Colgate toothpaste in my toilet?
Responses I really liked:
– ‘Asexual reproduction’
– ‘Life will find a way. / No wait…’
– ‘There were 4 and someone took one?’
And this was mine: ‘there are more toothbrushes on our toothbrush rack than there are people at home. best thing is, some of my family members keep their brushes elsewhere… :/’ Curious, indeed!
Published Friday, 26 June, 2015
art , linguistics
Read this New York Times article yesterday and came across the word prurient for the very first time!
Published Thursday, 25 June, 2015
linguistics , literature , quoteworthy
My friend John just posted this on Facebook:
are the poem
I never knew
how to write
and this life
is the story
I have always
Tyler Knott Gregson
And so I discovered the amazing Tyler Knott Gregson. His poetry exudes the beauty of simplicity. I quite like this one:
Stare out with wonder
and feel the world staring back;
it sees your magic.
Published Friday, 19 June, 2015
Lucubrate is an archaic way of saying ‘write’ or ‘study’.
Published Tuesday, 9 June, 2015
gastronomy , linguistics
Just learnt what an epergne is!
Published Tuesday, 2 June, 2015
Rile, which I am familiar with, turns out to be a variant of roil, which I am not. Roil looks like a very roiling word indeed!
Published Sunday, 24 May, 2015
linguistics , photography , science
Recently read this very lovely photo essay of a very special family:
THE BISHAN OTTERS
In it, I encountered the term spraint, which of course simply means ‘otter dung‘. And checking out this new word made me wonder if every type of animal droppings has its own name?
Published Sunday, 17 May, 2015
Learnt a new Latin term recently – vade mecum!
Published Sunday, 10 May, 2015
education , linguistics , mass media
A couple of weeks back, I read this article about the finals of this year’s RHB-The Straits Times National Spelling Championship, which was won by a boy from Rosyth School. Several of the words that the competing pupils were asked to spell were mentioned in the text, and I knew most of them. Except porraceous and eglantine. :O
This morning I tendered my resignation to my biggest boss M. Before I entered his office, I thought that I could coolly pass the letter to him and then just walk out. Turns out, I couldn’t…… I started tearing the moment I sat down. 顿时百感交集: relief, joy, sadness and a multitude of emotions washed over me. It was exactly like a phrase I had once used in my primary school Chinese compos: ‘打翻五味瓶’……
My letter was a simple announcement of my resignation, and the rationale I gave was: “As a female teacher from Henan, China, recently wrote in her resignation note of just ten words: ‘世界那么大，我想去看看’!” My boss accepted the document, and finally the deed was done.
PS I wonder why resigning is also known as ‘throwing letter’ in local parlance, which strikes me as being rather negative. Is it because it is nearly always carried out in unhappiness, when the employee is at the end of their tether?
Published Sunday, 26 April, 2015
Solresol is a constructed language based on musical notes. And I must say, it sounds awfully confusing!!! :P
Published Friday, 24 April, 2015
amusings , linguistics , nine-to-five , overheard
Being the main person in charge of my company’s Facebook account, I am able to see what a lot of our doctor members share. Noticed a paediatrician post this earlier today:
Me: “How old are you?”
Little boy: “I am not old.”
How cute is that!!! :D
Published Friday, 10 April, 2015
linguistics , science
There is actually a water allergy and it is known as aquagenic urticaria!
Published Friday, 3 April, 2015
linguistics , science
The science of mountains is called orology.
Published Thursday, 2 April, 2015
gastronomy , linguistics , television
Sylvester the Cat‘s trademark exclamation is ‘Sufferin’ succotash!’, and today I finally found out what succotash actually was!