• I was watching CSI or one of its spin-offs the other night, and included was a story revolving around initiation ceremonies for a college fraternity (after which one of the students was found hanged in his room). One of the police officers ...
  • Here's a depressing article about the state of American cultural and educational values, not just in The South, but in 40 of the 50 states: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A40839-2004Dec6.html (registration required, but if anyone wants me to post the article, I will. Just ask.) (quote) Fresh ...
  • I noticed in perusing my OED Online that the word "hubris" emerged initially in English as a form of university slang: 1884 Daily News 28 Oct. (Ware), Boys of good family, who have always been toadied, and never been checked, who are full of ...
  • From my experience, many English-speaking people insist a thumb is not a finger, or at least seem to be familiar with the idea. Now, I am very curious about its origin, so my question is: where/when do you natives hear it? As children? Is it ...
  • The airlines are considering a novel move: charge their overweight passengers more than what their more attractive counterparts pay. This would be good; it would provide a needed incentive. Since no-one wants to visit or do business with fat, ugly ...
  • X-Post de.etc.sprache.misc,alt.usage.english, F'up de.etc.sprache.misc. Answers may be in German or English. A request to English native speakers: Please, have a look onto the following sayings wich are translation drafts of some stylistic howlers, ...
  • In the newsgroup alt.english.usage , the term "dialect" was recently discussed, and while doing research on the matter I found the following: From http://www.linguistlist.org/~ask-ling/archive-most-recent/msg10790.html (quote, from Joseph F Foster, Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of Cincinnati, Ohio) All lan ...
  • http://www.newsday.com/news/nationworld/wire/sns-ap-school-jell-o-shots,0,124747,print.story?coll... or "NEW ORLEANS An 8-year-old girl was suspended for nine days for bringing to school what appeared to be about 30 "Jell-O shots" though it was unclear whether they contained alcohol." (I heard on the radio that these "Jell-O shots" did not ...
  • Dear all, I want to know if high school students in the US, Canada, or Britain learn the following sort of English. If so, is it a obligatory school subject or optional one? Tham cynge licoden peran. I'd appreciate your reply. Ray
  • Here in the UK we speak "the queen's English". So what the heck do they speak in America? Would it be "the president's English"? I remember a while ago, one of the US presidents visiting a school. He bent down, before the cameras, and told a ...
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