Mayer-Bernadette_Experiments.html from upenn.edu. Confusing Words. I Write Like. Kurt Vonnegut explains drama. I was at a Kurt Vonnegut talk in New York a few years ago.
Talking about writing, life, and everything. He explained why people have such a need for drama in their life. He said, “People have been hearing fantastic stories since time began. The problem is, they think life is supposed to be like the stories. Let's look at a few examples.” He drew an empty grid on the board, like this: Time moves from left to right. He said, “Let's look at a very common story arc. It starts with her awful life with evil stepsisters, scrubbing the fireplace. “People LOVE that story!
He wiped the board clean and said, “Now let's look at another popular story arc: the disaster.” It's an ordinary day in an ordinary town. But the problem is, life is really like this... Our lives drifts along with normal things happening. “But because we grew up surrounded by big dramatic story arcs in books and movies, we think our lives are supposed to be filled with huge ups and downs! That's why people invent fights. Month: "2007-05" Cha It's been so long that I don't even look down your street anymore. tags: moving on memory [add] 2007-05-31 14:54:55 / Rating: 2242.25 / Steph They say that depression runs in my family, but that doesn't help me much right now. tags: depression family [add] 2007-05-31 14:54:40 / Rating: 632.25 / John As I paused on the stairs, I couldn't shake the image of her standing alone in the center of the room, crying. tags: relationships [add] 2007-05-31 14:54:19 / Rating: 445 / Elaina I spent $130 and 4 hours getting ready for a party that I only spent a half hour at because my insecurities got the best of me. tags: party insecure [add] 2007-05-31 14:53:54 / Rating: 433.75 / Shaina As I walked down the hall with my new mohawk and monitored the casual surprised glances, it came to my attention that I was more happy being the wierd girl than I ever would have been if I was accepted by society. tags: mohawk weird society hair [add] 2007-05-31 14:53:15 / Rating: 549.75 / Average man tags: humor shower prank [add]
Fun With Words: Collective Nouns. One of the craziest oddities of the English language is that there are so many different collective nouns that all mean "group" but which are specific to what particular thing there is a group of: a herd of elephants, a crowd of people, a box of crayons, a pad of paper, etc.
There is great diversity of collective nouns associated with animals, from a sleuth of bears to a murder of crows. The following is a list of the correct terms to describe groups of various types of animals.