quote 1 Sep
[T]he scribes had done much examination of soldiers and their speech problems; the scribes had been so busy with this that the king had had to command them, the king had had to stop them from hitting people on the head just to settle arguments about the speech problems. The soldiers had spoken to the king, had begged the king to stop the scribes from moving up behind them with rocks. And the king had agreed, and had said that the scribes had to stop doing that, and that the scribes had to repeatedly set down in their tablets that they are not allowed to do this.
quote 1 Sep
If he had been weak of limb, he would have learned many ways to do one thing, but he was strong. If he had been sickly as a child, he would have learned perseverance, but he was as healthy as a goat, and twice as fickle. If he had been thick-minded, he would have learned humility, but he was clever. If he had been ugly, he would have learned to be well-spoken, but he was easy to look upon. And if he had been a princess, he would have been able to hold two thoughts in his head at once, but he was a prince.
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What is a Morpheme? Morphemes are the elements obtained by breaking down the flower of language. They are also present in the roots and stems. It is not yet known exactly what constitutes a morpheme, but it is agreed that almost all verbiage, however innocent it may appear, contains these insidious ingredients.

What are Some Common Terms for Morphemes? Among those acquainted with morpheme use you may hear the slang terms “morph” or “formation”. Uneducated users refer to the morpheme as a “word” (possibly related to “weed”). One type of morpheme is commonly known as “affix”.

How are Morphemes Used? The most common method is to inflect them directly into the corpus. They may, however, be delivered orally or nasally. Morpheme use is generally accompanied by a ritual involving intricate movements of the mouth.

quote 1 Sep
May 5, 1403. The Great English Vowel Shift begins. Giles of Tottenham calls for ale at his favorite pub and is perplexed when the barmaid tells him that the fishmonger is next door.
quote 1 Sep
I should like to declare as boldly as possible that there are, in fact, several premises in this work which appear to me to be statements or propositions from which another follows—or could be inferred as a conclusion, or if you prefer, one might characterize them as assertions which form the basis for the work or theory. Such premises lead the thoughtful reader inevitably to an analysis or proposition which must also lead to an assertion that expresses a judgment or opinion. Herein, of course, lies the quintessence or intrinsic nature and central element of the article’s character. I trust you will be able to see, as I have, that this article never strays far from a kind of meaningfulness which is not only potentially paradigm-shifting but, also, if viewed from another perspective, of little consequence.
quote 1 Sep
Having one’s broken middle finger in a cast can be seen alternatively as disabling communication or as better facilitating it; such is the dual nature of the sign in deconstruction.
quote 31 Aug
At the time, no crane existed in Czechoslovakia that could manipulate such massive pieces of stone, and so German „Panzer“ tanks, spoils from the war, were used to move the stone blocks.
quote 27 Aug
Therapists have looked at me, their eyes pleadingly wet and round, and said that growing up in a household like mine must have not felt that strange because it was all I knew. I can’t say this was true for me, not quite, because I do remember the pliancy of things, how nothing ever felt like it was happening at the right time or would stay standing up
quote 27 Aug
Another thing you can do is buy yourself a really really expensive watch, and presume that the fellow at Customs on your return won’t get impertinent about asking whether it’s the same one you were wearing when you flew out (he almost never does). The Swiss watchmaking industry dates back a long time earlier than the offshore banking industry, but it seems very likely to me that the development of the high-end watch market into basically a jewellery segment wasn’t substantially aided by the fact that watches are probably the best way known to man of smuggling a few multiples of the US$10,000 money laundering reporting limit.
quote 27 Aug
The rumours of Swiss life being a little bit staid are not wholly unfounded. It’s a country where you can have a major political controversy when the Bourgeois Party splits from the Middle-Class Party.
quote 25 Aug
For the war’s last two years he was in the air, the back-seat gunner on a carrier-based Avenger bomber roaring down canyons on Okinawa to sling 500-lb. bombs into the mouths of Japanese caves, or jousting half-blindly above a blacked-out fleet with nocturnal enemy intruders spookily visible only by the tiny blue flames of their engine exhaust and the bright streams of tracer rounds whiplashing through the blackness at you.
quote 25 Aug
she was part of the first generation of really rootless modern Americans, moving restlessly by car about the country, emancipated socially and intellectually to a modest degree, but lost, really, without the supporting ethos and family that had protected people in the years when the continent was being settled. Alienation was the familiar state of my generation of Depression and another world war, but the old people had few defenses against it when it appeared.
quote 11 Aug
In twentieth-century culture, the heroic code served young men reasonably well until they were around twenty-five. After that, it turned seedy and bewildering because it had nothing to tell them about adult personal relations or adult social behavior. The band of brothers precipitates into lonely isolates who try to revive their fellowship as drinking buddies, with alcohol as the solvent of individuality, or who compete against each other in shows of manliness.
quote 5 Aug
There are many ways water looks when breezes blow across its surface. There are fewer ways it looks when breezes blow across its surface and make it look like something broken into many pieces. And there are still fewer ways it looks when breezes blow across its surface and make it look like something broken into pieces forming a rich mosaic with the colours of Venetian palaces and a greenish tint. Ruskin’s metaphor communicates that the waters of Venice look like that.

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