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About clasgtr

Ever have an idea or gut feeling, which you feel may have been mediated, for which there is no proof yet you feel nevertheless is valid and important enough to share? I put these down on blog to rid myself of them - it is a question of freedom of speech, and freedom of thought, and freedom from religious persecution. If anyone should feel offended, please be free to leave my blog.

Penultimacy (an essay)

Penultimacy is a term I’ve coined to elaborate and clarify how English is ‘end-weight’ (a term that was presented in Grammar of English, by Cambridge University Press, page 902). Continue reading

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My Spiced Hot DRINK recipe

Here’s a healthy ENERGY BOOST Ingredients: 150 ml  hot water (boiled) 50 ml fresh carrot juice 3-4 ounzes of fresh SEA BUCKTHORN juice (pressed and strained through thin cloth) 3-4 ounzes of MAPLE SIRUP a pinch of cayenne pepper (powder) … Continue reading

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Scire Latine: My Latin sayings.

I picked out my favourite Latin sayings and have adapted these slightly to portray a meaning which I can better relate to. Then I provide a plain English purport…without worrying too much about a direct translation.  (Of course, I invite … Continue reading

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The Art of English Spelling

{A simplified text based on David Crystal’s Spell It Out, Profile Books, 2013} Do you consider English spelling difficult? Off korse, wee kud spel diffrently an’ t’wud stil be possibl to reade. But there’s no use procrastinating about it. Here’s why: … Continue reading

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“It’s the decimals that count.”

∨∧∨∧∨∧∨∧∨∧∨∧∨∧∨HERTZ so good! ∧∨∧∨∧∨∧∨∧∨∧∨∧∨∧∨∧∨ DIVIsion Are we so afraid of the power of the 3 sixes and nines? 666 999…or 888? 666 X 999 = 665334 666 + 999 = 1665 (which in turn = [7 + 11] or 8 + … Continue reading

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Why Arithmetic?

Another puzzle worth investigating (if it has not been done already) is this: What percentage of young children, when learning to count, leave out the number Four, and if this really is a common thing, WHY so? And then, whether this … Continue reading

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Child’s Play

If there indeed exists, as many linguists have suggested, a universal language with an innate grammar why then don’t we listen to children more?  In any case, even if there mightn’t be a universal language, mothers can certainly attest to … Continue reading

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X approaches to learning English gets on my soapbox.

In response to (but not solely to) a Dr. Luis S. Villacañas de Castro’s “Teaching English as a foreign language in accordance with Social-constructivist pedagogy / Enseñar inglés como lengua extranjera en consonancia con la  pedagogía socio-constructivista” – April 2013 At least he … Continue reading

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Syncretism or Symbiosis? hmm…

What does ‘integration’ mean, really?  (This was a question brought up in my coursebook for learning German).  Integration, in the most general sense, may involve bringing together and uniting two or more economies, cultures or religions. We talk about racial integration, … Continue reading

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Memory Techniques?

What is your view of Derren Brown’s “Memory”? I came upon an offer: A free audiobook, an introduction to Derren Brown’s “Memory”, read by Derren Brown himself. He claims that his readers will be able to recite a list of … Continue reading

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Conscience

I follow my conscience, an awareness that comes from the will to do good to humanity. I listen to my ‘gut feeling’ and a fine-tuning the body’s needs while daring to speculate and then deduce without waiting for ‘facts’ and … Continue reading

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Interpreting Scripture

There are known to be inconsistencies in translations of scripture. What if the term ‘Nephilim’ simply meant ‘people with giant dicks’? On a more serious note, though… What if the Torah serves to codify, not a past event but, a future-coming … Continue reading

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Gematria & 36

Establishing the importance of numbers in Judaism. 2012 is the year 5773 The end of an ‘age’ will come to pass on 13 Sept 2013 Representing Life : 8 signifies new beginnings (rebirth) and the supernatural 9 blessings of Menorah … Continue reading

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Circumscription

GRAMMATICALITY is never without a degree of GRADIENCE and SQUISH since, in its attempt to circumscribe, INDETERMINACY and FUZZINESS become the focus of attention amongst some linguists, while others furcate.

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X Wonders of the World

In response to blog from Engaging Educators, article by Benjamin Curran titled “The End of Trivia?” Trivia is ‘nice to know’, but have pupils learned to address the important questions how … and how come…? Why is it, for instance, … Continue reading

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