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Everyday Things You Never Knew Had Names

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BuzzFeed has compiled a very informative video that visually identifies everyday things you never knew had names.

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Learn English With Ricky Gervais – Free Pilot Episode Available August 14 on iTunes

Ricky Gervais will release the pilot episode of his new web series, Learn English with Ricky Gervais, later this month for free on iTunes.

The series will feature Gervais and his frequent collaborator Karl Pilkington examining the nuances of the English language. “This is the worst English lesson ever,” Gervais says in the video clip, barely able to keep a straight face.

The British comedian offered more details about the project in a blog post on his website this week. Gervais said he plans to offer the pilot episode for free on iTunes on Aug. 14, and then is considering charging a nominal fee or trying to obtain sponsorship for the series.

“We hope to have it subtitled into as many languages as possible,” Gervais continued, adding that he’s considering offering a “clean” version of the pilot that viewers can download and add their own subtitles.

“You can do a Klingon version if you want,” he wrote. “Interactive.”

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What Did David Say To The Engineer At The End of Prometheus?

Caution, there are spoilers about the movie if you have not watched it yet!

At the end of Prometheus the robot David spoke to the Engineer in an alien language without subtitles for the audience to understand. It was one of the many puzzles from the film that theater goers were left with.

The words caused the Engineer to tear David’s head off and beat Weyland to death with it.

So what was the message the created such rage?

According to Dr. Anil Biltoo of the SOAS Language Centre in London who served as the Linguist Teacher on the film, here’s the translation:

“This man is here because he does not want to die. He believes you can give him more life.”

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The World’s Rudest Hand Gestures

A taxi cuts you off in Rome. A Mumbai merchant spurns your best offer. A maitre d’ snubs you in Beirut. At times like these, words can fail even the most seasoned traveler. But now salvation is literally at hand, thanks to Rude Hand Gestures of the World, by Romana Lefevre, with photographs by Daniel Castro.

Click HERE for a sampling, courtesy of Chronicle Books, of how to throw down with the locals, wherever you are.

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25 Everyday Things You Never Knew Had Names

HERE is a list of 25 real names for 25 everyday items.

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Words By Will Hoffman and Daniel Mercadante

Words have the power to shape the way we think and feel. In this stunning video, filmmakers Will Hoffman and Daniel Mercadante turn visual wordplay into a moving exploration of language set to an original score by Keith Kenniff.

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Laodicean

Meaning “indifferent or lukewarm especially in matters of religion,” laodicean was this year’s winning word at the National Spelling Bee. Congratulations to the winner, 13-year-old Kavya Shivshankar!

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The 32 Most Commonly Misused Words and Phrases

Misusing words makes you look less intelligent than you really are. If you misuse words in your writing, it can damage your credibility and diminish the point you’re trying to make. Even worse, it could completely change the meaning of the sentence.

HERE is a list of the 32 most commonly misused words and phrases.

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A 224 Word Palindrome

A palindrome is a word or a phrase which is the same when read from the start or the end, for example the word wow or racecar. Or how about the phrase; A Toyota’s a Toyota. where ever you start they are the same.

You would imagine a palindrome is pretty hard to think up, maybe the odd word could be easy enough, and with a bit of effort a phrase, well how about a 224 word poem? here’s

“Dammit I’m Mad”

by

Demetri Martin

Dammit I’m mad.


Evil is a deed as I live.
God, am I reviled? I rise, my bed on a sun, I melt.
To be not one man emanating is sad. I piss.
Alas, it is so late. Who stops to help?
Man, it is hot. I’m in it. I tell.
I am not a devil. I level “Mad Dog”.
Ah, say burning is, as a deified gulp,
In my halo of a mired rum tin.
I erase many men. Oh, to be man, a sin.
Is evil in a clam? In a trap?
No. It is open. On it I was stuck.
Rats peed on hope. Elsewhere dips a web.
Be still if I fill its ebb.
Ew, a spider… eh?
We sleep. Oh no!
Deep, stark cuts saw it in one position.
Part animal, can I live? Sin is a name.
Both, one… my names are in it.
Murder? I’m a fool.
A hymn I plug, deified as a sign in ruby ash,
A Goddam level I lived at.
On mail let it in. I’m it.
Oh, sit in ample hot spots. Oh wet!
A loss it is alas (sip). I’d assign it a name.
Name not one bottle minus an ode by me:
“Sir, I deliver. I’m a dog”
Evil is a deed as I live.
Dammit I’m mad.

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Spelling Test

The 25 Most Commonly Misspelled Words is a list that has circulated among American businesses for decades. Two words have variant spellings for companies using British English spelling. Those two words have been repeated in the list of 25 words (making 27 items) asking for the British spelling.

Business writers can avoid the problem of having supervisors, colleagues, and editors mark words as being misspelled by using the spellings preferred in their countries.

Two words, at least, also have variants that appear with the words in a dictionary. However, business writers have clear preferences for one of the spellings.

Select the correct or preferred spelling in each of the following questions to test your spelling of the most commonly misspelled words.   Begin now, HERE.

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