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Below you will find an alphabetical listing of slang words used in the "Jazz Age" (generally taken to mean the years of the Roaring Twenties and the Great Depression).
A comprehensive description of the First Folio The "First Folio" is of major importance to William Shakespeare as it is the first collected edition of Shakespeare's plays without which there would be no William Shakespeare.
A Freudian slip is when you say one thing but mean your mother.
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Carl Honoré ( In Praise of Slow ) says Canada's Baffin Island Inuit "use the same word—'uvatiarru'—to mean both 'in the distant past' and 'in the distant future.' Time, in such cultures, is always coming as well as going."
This picture is used as a test to demonstrate that people may not attach sounds to shapes arbitrarily: American college undergraduates and Tamil speakers in India called the shape on the left "kiki" and the one on the right "bouba". The bouba/kiki effect is a non-arbitrary mapping between speech sounds and the visual shape of objects. This effect was first observed by German-American psychologist Wolfgang Köhler in 1929. [ 1 ] In psychological experiments, first conducted on the island of Tenerife (in which the primary language is Spanish ), Köhler showed forms similar to those shown at the right and asked participants which shape was called "takete" and which was called "baluba" ("maluma" in the 1947 version).
This is an image that ran in the phone book until they found out that it is a little unusual. Subliminal messages are in images every day.
Following on from our first list of words you don’t know, we present another 25.
Fairy tales are stories that range from those originating in folk lore to more modern stories defined as literary fairy tales.
" Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo " is a grammatically valid sentence in American English , used as an example of how homonyms and homophones can be used to create complicated linguistic constructs.