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Topic: So, naturalists observe, a flea
Has smaller fleas that on him prey;
And these have smaller still to bite 'em;

Posted: Friday, October 27, 2017 3:47:22 PM
thar wrote:
another version
Big fleas have little fleas,
Upon their backs to bite 'em,
And little fleas have lesser fleas,
and so, ad infinitum.

For learners expecting a serious quotation here, say it out loud. Whistle

and so, ad infinitum

Silenced loudly...
Topic: I describe not men, but manners; not an individual, but a species.
Posted: Monday, August 14, 2017 8:11:27 AM
[quote=Mehrdad77]There are two problems for our species' survival - nuclear war and environmental catastrophe - and we're hurtling towards them. Knowingly.

Shame on you -there are three problems: nuclear war, environmental catastrophe and state religions.

Topic: egoist vs egotist
Posted: Sunday, July 09, 2017 10:26:46 AM
Koh Elaine wrote:

Is there a difference in meaning between the words?


While similar, they have some important differences. Consider this note on usage from the Oxford Dictionaries:

The words egoism and egotism are frequently confused, as though interchangeable, but there are distinctions worth noting. Both words derive from Latin ego (‘I’), the first-person singular pronoun. Egotism, the more commonly used term , denotes an excessive sense of self-importance, too-frequent use of the word ‘I,’ and general arrogance and boastfulness. Egoism, a more subtle term , is perhaps best left to ethicists, for whom it denotes a view or theory of moral behavior in which self-interest is the root of moral conduct. An egoist, then , might devote considerable attention to introspection, but could be modest about it, whereas an egotist would have an exaggerated sense of the importance of his or her self-analysis, and would have to tell everyone.
Topic: "no light of matter"
Posted: Sunday, May 28, 2017 4:51:57 AM
"But reason has no power against feeling, and feeling older than history is no light matter."

Please, can someone explain me in other words the highlighted portion of the clause? Thanks in advance.
Topic: You had no right to be born; for you make no use of life. Instead of living for, in, and with yourself, as a reasonable being...
Posted: Thursday, May 11, 2017 11:26:24 AM
Bully_rus wrote:
Daemon wrote:
You had no right to be born; for you make no use of life. Instead of living for, in, and with yourself, as a reasonable being ought, you seek only to fasten your feebleness on some other person's strength.

Charlotte Bronte (1816-1855)

Nah. If you had no right to be born, then the next logical step would be that you had right to be killed... Am I right?

Yes, you are. It has be done for centuries, if not physically , definitely in the soul.
Topic: The Hammond Circus Train Wreck
Posted: Friday, April 28, 2017 3:28:50 PM
Daemon wrote:
The Hammond Circus Train Wreck

On June 22, 1918, a locomotive pulling 20 empty passenger cars rear-ended the Hagenbeck-Wallace circus train near Hammond, Indiana. The wreck and subsequent fire—likely ignited by the oil lamps in the circus train's wooden sleeping cars—resulted in 86 deaths and 127 injuries. Most of the dead were buried five days later in a nearby cemetery in a section called Showmen's Rest, which had been purchased by the Showmen's League of America just months earlier. What caused the collision? More...

So sad!
Topic: Why is "roads" in lower case?
Posted: Thursday, April 27, 2017 12:42:55 PM
Koh Elaine wrote:
The police raided massage parlours in Tiong Bahru, King's and Race Course roads yesterday.

Why is "roads" in lower case when the names of the roads are Tiong Bahru Road, King's Road and Race Course Road?


Because the repetition is useless and boring: they all are roads.
Topic: What, with
Posted: Thursday, April 27, 2017 8:40:11 AM
Jigneshbharati wrote:
Thanks. So what is the grammatical form of "what"?

According to the Collins dictionary, in this case "what" shoud be a determiner.
Topic: Buchenwald Concentration Camp Liberated by American Troops (1945)
Posted: Tuesday, April 11, 2017 6:50:35 AM
Daemon wrote:
Buchenwald Concentration Camp Liberated by American Troops (1945)

Buchenwald was one of the first and largest concentration camps in Nazi Germany. As US forces closed in on the camp near the end of WWII, the Nazis began evacuating its prisoners, forcing them on "death marches" during which an estimated 13,500 were killed. On April 9, inmates at the camp used a makeshift radio transmitter to inform the Allies about the evacuations and beg for help. What did the prisoners do when they received word that the Americans were coming to liberate them? More...

Perdonatemi se questa volta non mi esprimo in inglese, spero che qualcuno capisca e traduca.
Mi vergogno profondamente per gli italiani che hanno partecipato a questo orrore per seguire le scelte di un megalomane.Il mio inglese è troppo vago per esprimere il disagio che provoca in me il trattare questo argomento. Scusate.
Topic: appurtenance
Posted: Sunday, April 02, 2017 5:05:59 AM
Daemon wrote:

(noun) Equipment, such as clothing, tools, or instruments, used for a specific purpose or task.

Synonyms: paraphernalia, gear

Usage: He had half expected that she would drive up to the side door in a hansom, would wear a thick veil, and adopt the other appurtenances of a clandestine meeting.

Masterful pen: you can breathe air of sin.Applause

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