Category Archives: Reflections

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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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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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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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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It’s All Been Done Before

Nothing new under the Sun. And if and when there is something new no one had thought about or accomplished, then maybe it was meant for you. But even then, you may have channeled it from someone, somewhere else. Because we … Continue reading

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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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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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Lack or Abundance

Speak of lack is on the rise. Lest we forget, there is always enough for everyone–find the balance and distribute sensibly. Today I had a chunk of Parmegiano Reggiano cheese, a piece too big for me, so I gave half … Continue reading

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Expression

The key to language fluency and effective communication is two-fold: articulation and eloquence. All (grammar) rules, though set down to simplify things, make for an oversimplification, stereotyping and a detachment from emotion. ‘To every rules there is (an) exception,’ Maybe. But … Continue reading

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What is (in) a question?

Wisdom is gained from asking, since it’s the questions which are quintessential to our being human. To put it another way, by asking, the answer comes to you, one way or another, provided you have asked it in all genuineness. … 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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