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Topic: The problem of prepositions
Posted: Thursday, June 29, 2017 8:35:32 AM
No. 12

1. "My uncle is ill of (not "from") pneumonia."

2. "He died of (not "from") yellow fever."

3. "He died of (not "from ") thirst."

4. "He died from (not "of") his wounds."

Those are the comments of Morton S. Freeman in his A Treasury for Word Lovers (1983). He was the Director of Publications for the American Law Institute-American Bar Association.

Topic: My TIDBIT of the day
Posted: Thursday, June 29, 2017 8:13:33 AM
coag wrote:
Nobel was never married.

Thank you for your contribution.

Yes, Mr. Nobel was a genuine loner.

That magazine article said that when he was in the hospital on one occasion, only one person came to visit him -- an employee of his.

Have a nice day!
Topic: My ANECDOTE of the day
Posted: Thursday, June 29, 2017 8:03:00 AM
No. 19

Harold Acton (1904 - 1994), a famous British scholar.

When he was a young man at Oxford (a university), he was asked to perform before an audience.

For some reason, he chose to recite (say from memory) a very controversial poem.

Many people in the audience were upset by the contents of the poem.

Two elderly ladies decided to leave, but they -- being people of good manners -- did not want to hurt the young man's feelings by standing up and walking out.

Can you guess what they did?

They quietly dropped to the floor and crawled out on their knees.
Topic: My EXPRESSION of the day
Posted: Wednesday, June 28, 2017 9:44:39 AM
No. 13

It is a given ( = an accepted fact) that in the United States, the people who still read a newspaper printed on paper are mostly older people.

When they were younger, they became accustomed to touching a physical newspaper every morning (and even every afternoon). So it is difficult to break such a long-time habit.

(I understand that print newspapers in some countries are still read by all ages.)


It is a given that most young people have a smartphone.

In fact, some Americans feel that young children should NOT have a smartphone.

The idea is that the obsession with smartphones is interfering with their social development.


In the United States, it used to be (no more!) a given that elderly parents would live with their grown children.

Today, many American "senior citizens" live in "retirement homes," where everyone else is also elderly.

(I understand that it is still a given in some countries for three generations to live under the same roof.)
Topic: My TIDBIT of the day
Posted: Wednesday, June 28, 2017 9:02:11 AM
Sarrriesfan wrote:

The UK does not recognise emotional support animals.

Very interesting comment!

Have a nice day!

Topic: My TIDBIT of the day
Posted: Tuesday, June 27, 2017 9:56:45 AM
No. 11

Alfred Nobel (1833 - 1896) was the inventor of dynamite and the founder of the Nobel Prizes.

He once wrote:

"I am a misanthrope and yet utterly benevolent." ( = He kept away from human society as much as possible, but he was a kind, idealistic person.)

When he died, he willed most of his vast fortune to fund the Prizes, which he wanted given to "Those who, during the preceding year, shall have conferred the greatest benefit to mankind."

Source: National Geographic History, July, 2017.
Topic: The problem of prepositions
Posted: Tuesday, June 27, 2017 9:42:12 AM

Thanks a lot for the link, Coag.

Have a nice day!
Topic: Pelear por sacos
Posted: Tuesday, June 27, 2017 9:24:54 AM


Tenga un buen dia!
Topic: "Teen shot dead, friend wounded walking home from middle school."
Posted: Tuesday, June 27, 2017 6:45:49 AM
TheParser wrote:

Foreign tourists coming to visit the States should be warned by their home governments to avoid certain cities or at least certain areas in those cities.

This morning, I turned on the TV news and saw the following video:

1. Two tourists were walking down the sidewalk at night in the city of New Orleans.

2. Two male individuals came up behind them and attacked them.

3. One of the tourists was left unconscious on the sidewalk.

4. The other tourist was dazed by what had happened.

5. The two male individuals stole the tourists' belongings and fled.

Topic: Effects of Reading Newspaper for News.
Posted: Monday, June 26, 2017 8:24:41 AM
A few (repeat: few) strict followers of the Jewish religion feel that reading a newspaper is an "unholy act."

Rabbi Israel Meir Kagan (1838 - 1933) lectured on the Jewish prohibition against "lashon hara" (usually translated as "gossip").

He felt that gossip hurts three people: the speaker, the listener, and the one who is the subject of the gossip.

He felt, therefore, that when we read a newspaper (which, of course, is full of gossip that we label "news"), we are sinning.

Source: an article posted on November 11, 2010, on the website Huffington Post.

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