Monthly Archives: October 2013

Take a Walk on the Wild Side

“Only a thousand people bought the Velvet Underground’s début, but they all started bands.” The New Yorker pays homage to Lou Reed (yes, as a student of English you should know who that is): http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/sashafrerejones/2013/10/postscript-lou-reed-obit.html?utm_source=tny&utm_campaign=generalsocial&utm_medium=facebook So here’s some listening comprehension … Continue reading

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Grammatical Wrecking Balls: Lie vs. Lay

Everyone seems to be very concerned about Miley Cyrus these days. After Sinéad O’Connor’s and Amanda Palmer’s open letters, Sufjan Stevens has joined to club, this time to lecture Miley on her grammar: “Dear Miley. I can’t stop listening to … Continue reading

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Under Pressure

Are you up for a challenge? This website claims you can’t write proper English under pressure: http://toys.usvsth3m.com/write/ Go and prove it wrong!

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Unusable Words and Contronyms

“‘Rick stared into Sheila’s beautiful, depthless eyes.’ Rick has clearly met a babe—and she is either superficial or profound.” – Brad Leithauser for The New Yorker on contronyms and why words become unusable: http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/books/2013/10/unusable-words.html?utm_source=tny&utm_campaign=generalsocial&utm_medium=facebook Contronyms (or auto-antonyms) are words with … Continue reading

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