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#21 Rufus Tullius

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Posted 19 September 2015 - 12:44 PM

Trademark terms turned generic, generic terms turned trademark.
A form of corporate censoring and language control.
          Let's unzip the concept a little bit!
 Eponym - noun
 1. a name, esp a place name, derived from the name of a real or mythical person, as for example Constantinople from Constantine I

 2. a language unit by which a person or thing is known; "his name really is George Washington"; "those are two names for the same thing"

 3. the name of the person from which such a name is derived: in the Middle Ages, "Brutus" was thought to be the eponym of "Britain".
 Stigler's law of eponymy
 Ever notice how spell checkers capitalize certain words when using the correct written term for its common definition? Ever  ask why?


 Example:  google - mathematical term; finite number. Type it today and the 'spell' checker automatically 'corrects' it as a  Proper term.
 What if google doesn't know everything?

 Words from the past that have lost trademark or proper status:
 pogo stick
 Watch out for the trademark police. They got dictionaries. Many kinds of dictionaries.
 Oh, and don't forget the library ones, too!Do the due diligence lest one gets a dirty letter in the mail.





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Posted 19 September 2015 - 05:44 PM



By now we have all seen the amazing 3D sidewalk chalk artists and their crazy use of anamorphosis – the requirement of the viewer to occupy a certain vantage point to see the image being portrayed. From the vantage point where the above photo was taken, it looks three dimensional. But from another angle

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Posted 21 September 2015 - 09:12 AM






Glittering generalities are words that are highly valued concepts. When these words are used, they demand approval automatically because such a treasured concept is involved. Words often used as glittering generalities are honor, glory, love of country, and freedom. These phrases are appealing, but convey no content or meaning. 
"America's Favorite" Fast food restaurants in America are infamous for showing pictures of food that has little resemblance to their actual product. Fast Fresh Always fun Americas favorite Taking pride in what we do 
How many glittering words can you identify? 

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Posted 22 September 2015 - 11:06 AM

Does know mean what it sounds like?

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Posted 22 September 2015 - 11:09 AM



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#26 Rufus Tullius

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Posted 22 September 2015 - 11:18 AM

When you see these names, you tend to say to yourself, “Does that mean what it sounds like?”


In most cases, NO!





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Posted 22 September 2015 - 03:11 PM



Chunk it!


The lesson you never got taught in school: How to learn!

A paper published in Psychological Science in the Public Interest has evaluated ten techniques for improving learning, ranging from mnemonics to highlighting and came to some surprising conclusions.


The report is quite a heavy document so I’ve summarised the techniques below based on the conclusions of the report regarding effectiveness of each technique. Be aware that everyone has their own style of learning, the evidence suggests that just because a technique works or does not work for other people does not necessarily mean it will or won’t work well for you. If you want to know how to revise or learn most effectively you will still want to experiment on yourself a little with each technique before writing any of them off.





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#29 Jesse Jimmie

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Posted 23 September 2015 - 11:34 AM

A no. 1 thread!








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To Cluck or not to Cluck, that is the question...

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Posted 23 September 2015 - 06:32 PM

The Corpus of Historical American English

Bling, bling, bling, bling....
Bring on the dazzle of the swazzle.

Blah, blah, blah, blah....
Moving through the lexicon of usage.


Another source link


The purpose hear is not to decay a language, but to enrich it.  Shakespeare undersood the materialistic marketing value of words.  At lease those who financed his plays to the public did.  Perhaps they knew the enrichment value being created?  The slang of rap and hipp hop is used to insert new words into society.  Sort of like little rappers shaking their spears.  Only, most of them seem to be only bitching about themselves and blaming others or puffing up their 'bling, bling' look to make themselves bigger than they really are.








Holy triple pairings! :chick07:

English was once known to be a rude and course language. It became possible to turn English into a more eloquent language with the inclusion of 'borrowings' from the renasance revivial of Greek and Latin. .  A more learned approach to communication.  Of course, this caused much anxiety and lack of understanding resulting in a larger demand for books.  The printing press made it possible for middle class constant readers to enrich their own vocabularies.

Examples of triple layered possibilities.  The first word being the core English, the second French, and the third, Latin:





There are many layered possiblilities usings synonyms to garner emotional responses.


How does fear feel?  How about terror?  Trepidition?

Would you rather be asked?  Quesioned?  Or, interrogated?

Is it Holy?  Sacred?  Or, Concecrated

English is a mixing pot of migrant languages, stirred and spiced; ready made for ever changing modes of communication.



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