1. как снег на голову Language: Russian Translation: To look for last year’s snow What does it mean? To hope to bring back or try to find something that has long gone 2. Schnee von gestern Language: German Translation: Yesterday’s snow What does it mean? A thing of the past 3. إذا أَشْرَقَت الشَمْسُ من المَغْرِبِ Language: Arabic […]
Today (4 August) is Barack Obama’s 54th birthday! During his 2008 campaign for presidency, Obama was criticized by Hillary Clinton for his ‘well-versed’ speeches, i.e. that his public addresses were mere rhetoric without any substance. He responded to her claim, arguing that speeches held the power to inspire nations to believe in change: ‘Don’t tell […]
Europe According to Greek mythology, Europe was the daughter of Agenor and Tilefasa. She was a princess living in Phoenicia (modern day Lebanon) with her three sisters Asia, Libya, and Thrace. One day she was playing on the seaside when she saw a beautiful white bull. She was mesmerized by his beauty so she approached […]
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The Oxford American Writer’s Thesaurus included sections labelled ‘reflections’ by some notable writers, including Zadie Smith, David Foster Wallace, and Joshua Ferris. In the second of an occasional series looking at these reflections, we’ve excerpted David Foster Wallace’s thoughts about various words. All the extracts below are by David Foster Wallace, and can be found in […]
Word of the Day: gainsay - deny or contradict (a fact or statement)... oxford.ly/1W0rWka