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Bob’s your uncle and other phrases explained

Even as a native English speaker, I like to make sure that the phrase I’m using means what I think it means.

Here’s a resource I found to do that: The Phrase Finder.

Bob’s your uncle

An exclamation that is used when ‘everything is alright’ and the simple means of obtaining the successful result is explained. For example, “left over right; right over left, and Bob’s your uncle - a reef knot”.

Origin

'Bob's your uncle' is one of those phrases that keep etymologists off the street corners. Read the rest »

found on The Editors’ of Association of Earth (a Facebook group), thanks to Padraig Hanratty

found on The Editors’ of Association of Earth (a Facebook group),
thanks to Padraig Hanratty

incidentalcomics:

The Story Coaster
Drawing for the 7/14 Sunday NY Times Book Review - thanks to editor Pamela Paul! 

incidentalcomics:

The Story Coaster

Drawing for the 7/14 Sunday NY Times Book Review - thanks to editor Pamela Paul! 

When the language changes in the wrong direction

"Over the years, the European Institutions have developed a vocabulary that differs from that of any recognized form of English."

Read the rest, which includes the list of of offending words [PDF]

Another kind of portfolio piece

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Here’s a one-topic website created from a pamphlet created from a reddit post

It demonstrates the expertise of the people who participated:

Most importantly, it’s USEFUL. How Clothes Should Fit

"Slash": Not just a punctuation mark anymore

At the beginning of each class, university professor Anne Curzan asks her students for two new slang words. 

Two weeks ago, one student brought up the word slash as an example of new slang, and it quickly became clear to me that many students are using slash in ways unfamiliar to me. In the classes since then, I have come to the students with follow-up questions about the new use of slash. Finally, a student asked, “Why are you so interested in this?” I answered, “Slang creates a lot of new nouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs. It isn’t that often that slang creates a new conjunction.”

Read the rest …

Flowchart from Creative Commons Australia

This flowchart from Creative Commons Australia makes selecting a license simple. 

CreativeCommons.org has an interactive page that helps you select a license (it will also create a CC icon for your webpage). 

I prefer the flowchart. Maybe because I can see everything at once, including the choices I don’t select. 

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