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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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Quote me as saying I was mis-quoted. - Groucho Marx

Language is a virus from outer space. - William S Burroughs

What's another word for thesaurus? - Steven Wright

Speech is the small change of silence. - George Meredith

Dance is the hidden language of the soul. - Martha Graham

Speech is of time; silence is of eternity. - Thomas Carlyle

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

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

Bulldozing: Going to sleep during a political speech. - Daffynitions joe-ks.com

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

The art of communication is the language of leadership. - James Humes

The adjective is the banana peel of the parts of speech. - Clifton Fadiman

The ability to quote is a serviceable substitute for wit. - W Somerset Maugham

Man invented language to satisfy his deep need to complain. - Lily Tomlin

The surest way to make a monkey out of a man is to quote him. - Robert Benchley

An animal's eyes have the power to speak a great language. - Martin Buber

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

We have always found the Irish a bit odd. They refuse to be English. - Winston Churchill

I don't give a damn for a man that can only spell a word one way. - Mark Twain

If you're a good numbers person, you're a bad language person. - Frank Luntz

Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see. - Mark Twain

Dreams say what they mean, but they don't say it in daytime language. - Gail Godwin

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

The first 40 years of life give us the text; the next 30 supply the commentary. - Arthur Schopenhauer

Under the English legal system you are innocent until you are shown to be Irish. - Ted Whitehead

We really have everything in common with America nowadays except, of course, language. - Oscar Wilde

Grammar, which knows how to lord it over kings, and with high hands makes them obey its laws. - Moliere

Human language appears to be a unique phenomenon, without significant analogue in the animal world. - Noam Chomsky

Although he tortures the English language, he has not yet succeeded in forcing it to reveal its meaning. - J B Morton

The protean nature of the computer is such that it can act like a machine or like a language to be shaped and exploited. - Alan Kay

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

The wise man is but a clever infant, spelling letters from a hieroglyphical prophetic book, the lexicon of which lies in eternity. - Thomas Carlyle

Always try to use the language so as to make quite clear what you mean and make sure your sentence couldn't mean anything else. - C S Lewis

Good content should be at the heart of your strategy, but it is equally important to keep the display context of that content in mind as well. - Tim Frick

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

No matter how bad things are, they can always be worse. So what if my stroke left me with a speech impediment? Moses had one, and he did all right. - Kirk Douglas

Mathematicians are like Frenchmen: whatever you say to them they translate into their own language and forthwith it is something entirely different. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


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