Ambiguous Words Here's a bunch of words that, by themselves, have a handful of meanings. Because of this flexibility, they can be instrumental in titles for your songs/poems/stories/etc. Click on each word to delve deeper into these words' meanings.
MIT: The advantage of ambiguity in language Public release date: 19-Jan-2012 [ Print | E-mail Share ] [ Close Window ]
Words of Estimative Probability This classic piece on the need for precision in intelligence judgments was originally classified Confidential and published in the Fall 1964 number of Studies in Intelligence. Although Sherman Kent's efforts to quantify what were essentially qualitative judgments did not prevail, the essay's general theme remains important today. The briefing officer was reporting a photoreconnaissance mission.(1) Pointing to the map, he made three statements:
One of my favourite language tools is dict, a dictionary client. On Linux, you can install it and dictd from your distribution's software repositories. (Other platforms, try here) It can query either local or internet dict servers, so you can use it even without an active internet connection if you install the server yourself. Plus, if you run your own server, you can choose what dictionaries (including translation and jargon dictionaries, census info, etc.*) to install and keep locally.
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Infographics are great learning materials. The colourful graphics, clear text and their size make them ideal for classroom integration.
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I’ve edited a monthly magazine for more than six years, and it’s a job that’s come with more frustration than reward. If there’s one thing I am grateful for — and it sure isn’t the pay — it’s that my work has allowed endless time to hone my craft to Louis Skolnick levels of grammar geekery. As someone who slings red ink for a living, let me tell you: grammar is an ultra-micro component in the larger picture; it lies somewhere in the final steps of the editing trail; and as such it’s an overrated quasi-irrelevancy in the creative process, perpetuated into importance primarily by bitter nerds who accumulate tweed jackets and crippling inferiority complexes.
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