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Captain Literate

Making sense of confusing English terminology

Captain Literate thanks to Howard Chapman

Learning English can be tough for foreign language students

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Humor is a universal language. - Joel Goodman

The eyes have one language everywhere. - George Herbert

A proverb is to speech what salt is to food. - Arabic Proverb

Discretion in speech is more than eloquence. - Francis Bacon

Music is well said to be the speech of angels. - Thomas Carlyle

Speech is the vestibule to the palace of love. - Jami of Persia

I will not down to posterity talking bad grammar. - Benjamin Disraeli

Speech was given to man to disguise his thoughts. - Charles de Talleyrand

The English contribution to world cuisine. The chip. - John Cleese

Drawing on my fine command of language, I said nothing. - Robert Benchley

I often quote myself, it adds spice to my conversation. - George Bernard Shaw

We are all here for a spell; get all the good laughs you can. - Will Rogers

The English winter - ending in July, to recommence in August. - Lord Byron

The English have three vegetables and two of them are cabbage. - Walter Page

There is no language like the Irish for soothing and quieting. - John Millington Synge

Retire? I can't spell the word. I'd play in a wheelchair. - Keith Richards

Changes in language often reflect the changing values of a culture. - Ravi Zacharias

Civilization - a heap of rubble scavenged by scrawny English Lit. vultures. - Malcolm Muggeridge

Three problems we have: lack of boundaries, insufficient language, incompletions. - Thomas Leonard

Humour is practically the only thing about which the English are utterly serious. - Malcolm Muggeridge

If you cannot understand me in my speech, how can you understand me in my silence? - Ravi Zacharias

I think of myself as being Jewish and Irish, despite the fact that I'm English. - Daniel Radcliffe

I personally think we developed language because of our deep inner need to complain. - Jane Wagner

Nostalgia is like a grammar lesson: you find the present tense, but the past perfect. - Owens L. Pomeroy

At no time is freedom of speech more precious than when a man hits his thumb with a hammer. - Marshall Lumsden

A person's name is, to that person, the sweetest, most important sound in any language. - Dale Carnegie

Language is our meeting place, the sea we live in... it is the common ground of our humanity. - Toby Wolfe

Anyone who has been to an English public school will always feel comparatively at home in prison. - Unknown

Every St. Patrick's Day every Irishman goes out to find another Irishman to make a speech to. - Unknown

German is the most extravagantly ugly language - it sounds like someone using a sick bag on a 747. - Willy Rushton

To suppress free speech is a double wrong. It violates the rights of the hearer as well as those of the speaker. - Frederick Douglass

A dinosaur out of context is like a character without a story. Worse than that, the character suffers from amnesia. - Jack Horner

If the English language made any sense, 'lackadaisical' would have something to do with a shortage of flowers. - Doug Larson

The longest word in the English language is the one following the phrase, "And now a word from our sponsor." - Hal Eaton

Morals are an acquirement - like music, like a foreign language, like piety, poker, paralysis - no man is born with them. - Mark Twain

'Good English' is whatever educated people talk; so that what is good in one place or time would not be so in another. - C S Lewis

It is Ireland's sacred duty to send over, every few years, a playwright to save the English theatre from inarticulate glumness. - Kenneth Tynan

If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart. - Nelson Mandela

"I am" is reportedly the shortest sentence in the English language. Could it be that "I do" is the longest sentence? - George Carlin

I remain convinced that obstinate addiction to ordinary language in our private thoughts is one of the main obstacles to progress in philosophy. - Bertrand Russell


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