Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Monday, March 30, 2009
Sunday, March 29, 2009
A swishing party starts with drinks, nibbles and conversation and then guests start swapping clothes.
The term “swishing” may come from the sound of clothes swishing quickly along the clothes rails, or it may refer to the noise that certain clothes, particularly silk ones, make when rustled.
The word "swish" can be a noun referring to a rustling sound or a verb meaning to move with or cause to move with a whistling or hissing sound, as well as an adjective meaning elegant and fashionable.
Here's a children's song with some onomatopoeias. "Swish" is one of them:
MAD' DONNA - The wheels on the bus
The wheels on the bus go round and round, round and round, round and round
The wheels on the bus go round and round all through the town.
The wipers on the bus go "Swish, swish, swish, swish, swish, swish, swish, swish, swish"
The wipers on the bus go "Swish, swish, swish" all through the town.
The door on the bus goes open and shut, open and shut, open and shut
The door on the bus goes open and shut all through the town.
The horn on the bus goes "Beep, beep, beep, beep, beep, beep, beep, beep, beep"
The horn on the bus goes "Beep, beep, beep" all through the town.
The money on the bus goes "Clink, clink, clink, clink, clink, clink, clink, clink, clink"
The money on the bus goes "Clink, clink, clink" all through the town.
The baby on the bus says, "Wah, wah, wah! Wah, wah, wah, wah, wah, wah!"
The baby on the bus says, "Wah, wah, wah!" all through the town.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
In Life of Brian, Palin played Pontius Pilate:
Michael Palin in the Lumberjack sketch:
MontyPython - Script Lumberjack
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Sunday, March 22, 2009
The title of the film Slumdog Millionaire is an ironic juxtaposition of two extremes, the poor on the one hand (‘the slumdog’) and the rich on the other (‘the millionaire’). It has therefore caused an unlikely collocational patterning for slumdog.
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Thursday, March 19, 2009
An interesting article to read (click on the headline below):
The top 10 hand gestures you'd better get right
Just for fun:
Note: Bears refers to an American football team, the Chicago Bears.
Brian McKnight and Cleo the Lion present "Homophones"
I read this book, it's red, come look
A book about a special love, homophones!
Right here, you'll hear.
Two words that sound the same
But don't look the same, here's the name
I know there's no one else who loves them so
You're right, let's write these words all day and night
They're out of sight
Yes, they're so sweet
That's why we always meet
But not that kind of meat
But you can't beat homophones
Two words that sound the same
But they're not spelled the same, homophones
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Thanks for the link, Carmela.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Monday, March 16, 2009
Sunday, March 15, 2009
The jig is a Celtic dance which takes its name from the type of music to which it is danced, also called a 'jig.' The music takes its name from the French word 'gigue,' which is an older word for a fiddle (violin). Therefore, an Irish jig is one of many cultural dances that is done to fiddle music, specifically, Celtic fiddle music. There are Irish and Scottish variants of jig music, but the most well known of the jigs is the Irish jig.
A jig is danced with a lot of hopping, making it into a joyful dance; jigs are often danced at weddings and other types of celebrations.
A traditional Irish jig is a series of hops and steps that repeat themselves over and over again. The steps are very simple, either stepping forward or taking steps backwards, but the hops can require some practice in getting the timing and coordination right.
St-Patrick's day is about more than drinking alone, find out why on one day everyone's Irish.
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Failte is Scots and Irish Gaelic for "Welcome".
Slainte is Scots or Irish Gaelic for "Health" and is a toast, equivalent to English "Cheers!".
For those interested, here you can find some Irish Gaelic lessons.
JFK are the initials of US President John Fitzgerald Kennedy
Riverdance is traditional Irish dancing, with rapid leg movements while body and arms don't move.
The Blarney Stone is a block of bluestone built into the battlements of Blarney Castle, about 8 km from Cork, Ireland. According to legend, kissing the stone endows the kisser with the gift of gab (great eloquence).
Hockey Mom is a term widely used in Canada and USA, where mothers (and fathers) often take their children to ice hockey rinks. Sarah Palin described herself as a hockey mom.
Canon Stephen Neill is the Church of Ireland rector.
Auld Sod is an affectionate name for Ireland, meaning "the old country".
Here is the old video in a previous post.
The song in the ad is Kiss my Irish ass by The Keltic Cowboys
Oh me dad, he'd be drunk on the lawn,
Yelling and screaming like he do
But sometimes my old man felt what he was feeling,
Sometimes Mr. Mackey spoke the truth
We're as stubborn as mules
With our blood on fire
When we ain't at Sunday mass
We'll look any man straight in his eyes and say
Kiss my Irish ass!
You better kiss my Irish ass!
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Monday, March 9, 2009
Sunday, March 8, 2009
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Click HERE for another interview with Amy Sutherland. You can also download the full script.
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Monday, March 2, 2009
Click here in order to read about Elia's story of survival in the first chapter of Amanda Ripley's book The Unthinkable: Who survives when disaster strikes - and why.
Sunday, March 1, 2009
VoIP is an acronym of Voice over Internet Protocol, and is now used as a verb which is synonymous with the idea of ‘making a telephone call over the Internet’, e.g. Do you want to try voiping me? Voip him at 416-907-9848.
A number of VoIP operators currently exist, but the best known and most widely used is Skype™ – so much so that the company name has also morphed into a noun Skyp(e)ing and a verb Skype or skype, e.g. I Skyped you this morning. He regularly skypes me when he's travelling on business.
The huge advantage of VoIP is that it can be very cheap relative to conventional or mobile telephone services, and sometimes even free. It also enables users to travel anywhere in the world and, providing they have access to the Internet, still make and receive calls regardless of their location.
What Language do I speak when I say VoIP?