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There is a crisis of insults on the Web. On one hand, the volume of flames is very high yet the quality is poor. Gone are the days of the razor-sharp wit of Oscar Wilde and Winston Churchill*, only to be replaced by a string of four letter words typed in ALL CAPS by n00bs (the latest of which is “FAIL”, itself a failure of coming up with a more scathing insult, if you think about it). *For example:"Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go," says Oscar Wilde.George Bernard Shaw wrote to Winston Churchill, "I am enclosing two tickets to the first night of my new play; bring a friend....if you have one." And Churchill wrote back, "Cannot possibly attend first night, will attend second......if there is one" Well, it’s hard to teach wit - but all of us can learn the next best thing: the approximation of it by obfuscation, i.e. using big, difficult, and obscure words. 1. Analysis: We have the English to thank for this word. 2. Definition: To spray with poo. 3. 4. nbsp; 5.

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7 Beautiful Words With No Direct English Translation You know that feeling you get when surrounded by close friends or family -- perhaps gathered around a fireplace after a meal, or chatting on the couch in your pajamas on a Sunday morning? There truly is no word to describe it. Or at least not in English. In Dutch, there's gezellig, which means cozy, but encompasses more than a physical feeling. It is a sort of social coziness.

10 Curse Words You Don't Know That’s one version of what happened at Waterloo and it’s a load of old cambronne, but the fact is that no-one seems to know the truth. After-battle commentary included both Cambronne saying “Merde!” and Cambronne saying “La garde meurt et ne se rend pas!” (The Guard dies and does not surrender!) Cambronne, who survived but was wounded, denied saying either of these things. Nevertheless merde became known in France as le mot Cambronne and in Britain cambronne became an eponymous euphemism.

10 Words I Predict You Don't Know Consider the following situation: A successful businessman who has made a bundle of money, has a house in the Hamptons and a pied à terre in New York. He has a wife, several mistresses, a couple of kids and a drinking habit. One day his wife discovers the existence of the mistresses and storms off to consult her lawyers. His business tanks and he discovers that most of the money he’s salted away was actually in a Ponzi scheme that will return him less than a cent on the dollar.

Understand Canadian Slang Edit Article Slang Cheat SheetsUnderstanding Canadian Slang Edited by Ted, Ben Rubenstein, Melodie R, KnowItSome and 78 others In Canada we have enough to do keeping up with two spoken languages without trying to invent slang, so we just go right ahead and use English for literature, Scotch for sermons and American for conversation. -- Stephen Leacock How To Create An Intriguing Inciting Incident Every single element between the first page and the very last page of a screenplay is arguably the most important, salable thing about it. In this article, the beginning of the plot takes the number one spot. However, the plot really can’t begin being awesome until it is set in motion. That’s where the inciting event comes in. A good plot is everything that transpires in the screenplay and, if it’s captivating, will have an equally captivating inciting event. But good inciting events don’t come easy.

50 Most Challenging Words Back in 2010 The New York Times published a list of 50 fancy words that most frequently stump their readership. The New York Times 50 Fancy Words (defined and used) 1. Inchoate: just begun and so not fully formed or developed 10 Insulting Words You Don’t Know “Sticks and stones will break my bones, but names will never hurt me.” That’s what we used to chant as kids when we got into name calling contests in the school yard. Of course, it’s untrue and it’s disingenuous. It implies that the name callers are pursuing a stupid strategy when, in truth, the right insult is deeply wounding. Consider, for example, Jean Harlow.

10 Nonsense Words You Don't Know “A little nonsense, now and then, is relished by the wisest men.” So says Willy Wonka in Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Imho nonsense should be relished by everyone. There’s something magical about it. But I’m horribly biased, because I was fed nonsense from an early age by my mother. She had a perfect memory of a vast array of it, including everything from Liverpool street songs to Edward Lear.

The Best of British - The American's guide to speaking British... Ace - If something is ace it is awesome. I used to hear it a lot in Liverpool. Kids thought all cool stuff was ace, or brill.