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We search for things to read to satiate our intellectual hunger or quench our thirst for knowledge . A favorite of mine is the phrase that someone is ‘ intellectually omnivorous ’, meaning that their intellectual diet consists of all ( omni- ) types of brain foods. Junkier ideas which are sweet and appealing are called brain candy . Brain candy is the idiom typically used to refer to ideas or pieces of intellectual stimulation which, like candy, give us an immediate burst of sweetness, the ‘sugar-high’ of intellectual stimulation. A discussion that is particularly important or full of content, perhaps complex, can be called a meaty discussion . The implication is that just as meat is chewy, the discussion takes a considerable amount of masticating .
6 August 2012 Last updated at 11:47 GMT The attention is always on the gold medal performances, roaring comebacks and agonising defeats at the Olympics, but what about all the little details? Here are some of the less asked questions and lesser-spotted oddities of the Games so far.
by Maria Popova A visual A-Z of the hidden treasures of language. As a lover of language and words , especially obscure and endangered words, I was instantly besotted with Project Twins’ visual interpretations of unusual words, originally exhibited at the MadArt Gallery Dublin during DesignWeek 2011. Acersecomic A person whose hair has never been cut. Biblioclasm