Category Archives: Education

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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“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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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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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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Spiritualism first, fortune second.

In response to David Icke Interview ‘The Global Awakening’ on YouTube: You are absolutely spot on right, David. Only, procrastination will only give you gallstones and bent brow.  You’re indeed channeling collective consciousness, so now why not demonstrate some practical solutions … Continue reading

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Pleonasms

I base this text on a page Richard Nordquist[1] has published on about.com comprising common expressions (Phrasemes) which many (not just Richard) misclassify as redundancies (where the redundancies in his list are shown in parentheses). Nordquist’s using the term redundancy is … Continue reading

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Isolation and other Undisputed Facts

I get regular telephone calls from a company claiming they are from ‘Windows’, telling me that my ‘PC may be under attack from viruses’ though I am not using Windows! (or maybe because they cannot figure out why I am … Continue reading

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Brother Survive

Survival instinct is one thing. The family first. Defence instinct (eg. against an attack of a bear) is another. Both are totally legitimate. But when fear, threats, intimidation and cruelties are imposed amongst our own species and pervades all humanity, all … Continue reading

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He who laffs last laughs best

    You know the term canned laughter, or fake laughter? Yeah you know, what you hear on comedy sitcoms and talk shows? Well, it’s known as a ‘laugh track’ and the editing process in post-production is known as ‘sweetening’, by … Continue reading

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The Great Great Pyramid (Part 2)

“Great minds think alike.” Now there’s a saying which goes back far enough that one cannot source its origins, I imagine. Having said that, maybe elaborate testing in a lab will one day reveal its source. Unlikely, don’t you think?

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Cure for War

War is a devastating virus which has attacked humans ever since the Exodus and for which there is no immediate cure.

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