August 2008

Wuthering

August 26, 2008

As we learn on page 2 of Emily Brontë's famous novel, Wuthering Heights is the name of Mr Heathcliff's dwellings, "wuthering" being a significant provincial adjective, descriptive of the atmospheric tumult to which its station is exposed in stormy weather....

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Posted by céline on August 26, 2008
Words

Yngling

August 20, 2008

What a charmingly odd word. The Guardian tells us that Yngling is, quite simply, a type of boat (…) invented in 1967 by Norwegian Jan Lingel, who wanted to build a boat for his son, Oyvin, who was 14 days...

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Posted by céline on August 20, 2008
Words

To be damned with faint praise

August 15, 2008

After our game on Wednesday: "You had an excellent second half, Alison." "Hm. Great. Do you know the expression 'to be damned with faint praise'?" I do and strongly deny that my compliment was in any way tainted by implied...

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Posted by céline on August 15, 2008
Idioms

Google Translation Center

August 8, 2008

In his Tool Kit, Jost Zetzsche mentions the arrival of the Google Translation Center. This is only the cache version as apparently, it was "accidentally" released by Google, who took it offline when it was spotted by Google Blogoscoped. It's...

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Posted by céline on August 8, 2008
Culture

Funambule

August 7, 2008

Funambule, from Lat. funambulus: funis, rope, and ambulare, walk. Tight rope dancer. I went to see Man on wire, the story of Philippe Petit, who performed a high-wire routine between the two towers of the World Trade Center in...

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Posted by céline on August 7, 2008
Words