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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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I speak two languages, English and Body. - Mae West

Poetry is what gets lost in translation. - Robert Frost

I believe in God, only I spell it Nature. - Frank Lloyd Wright

Tears at times have all the weight of speech. - Ovid

Well-timed silence hath more eloquence than speech. - Martin Fraquhar Tupper

Language exerts hidden power, like a moon on the tides. - Rita Mae Brown

This is the sort of English up with which I will not put. - Winston Churchill

Real programmers can write assembly code in any language. - Larry Wall

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

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

Successful Gossip Columnist: Top man on the quote 'em pole - Daffynitions joe-ks.com

All hockey players are bilingual. They know English and profanity. - Gordie Howe

The four most beautiful words in our common language: I told you so. - Gore Vidal

Music is the literature of the heart; it commences where speech ends. - Alphonse de Lamartine

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

Wisdom is knowing when to speak your mind and when to mind your speech. - Evangel

Out of suffering comes creativity. You cannot spell painting without pain. - John Lithgow

Symptoms are the body's mother tongue; signs are in a foreign language. - John Brown

I don't care what you say about me. Just be sure to spell my name wrong. - Barbra Streisand

The most beautiful words in the English language are "cheque enclosed". - Dorothy Parker

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

The language of the law must not be foreign to the ears of those who are to obey it. - Learned hand

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

I am going to give a long speech today. I haven't had time to prepare a short one. - Winston Churchill

Speak when you're angry and you'll make the best speech you'll ever regret. - L.J. Peter

My wife has a slight impediment in her speech. Every now and then she stops to breathe. - Jimmy Durante

The first man to use abusive language instead of his fists was the founder of civilization. - Sigmund Freud

The trouble with quotes about death is that 99.999 percent of them are made by people who are still alive. - Joshua Bruns

Language, identity, place, home: these are all of a piece - just different elements of belonging and not-belonging. - Jhumpa Lahiri

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

Grammar: 1. Lives with granpar; 2. The difference between Feeling Your Nuts and Feeling You’re Nuts. - Daffynitions joe-ks.com

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

The ability to speak several languages is an asset, but the ability to keep your mouth shut in any language is priceless. - Unknown

Music expresses feeling and thought, without language; it was below and before speech, and it is above and beyond all words. - Robert G Ingersoll

Englishmen learn Christ's law best in English. Moses heard God's law in his own tongue; so did Christ's apostles. - John Wycliffe

Charity, good behaviour, amiable speech, unselfishness - these by the chief sage have been declared the elements of popularity. - Burmese Proverb

I can remember a reporter asking me for a quote, and I didn't know what a quote was. I thought it was some kind of a soft drink. - Joe DiMaggio

Cricket - a game which the English, not being a spiritual people, have invented in order to give themselves some conception of eternity. - Lord Mancroft

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

Wise sayings are not only for ornament, but for action and business, having a point or edge, whereby knots in business are pierced and discovered. - Francis Bacon


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