The Ways of Love… “The ways of love are strange and hard: The love you want is always barred; The love you have you want to change. The ways of love are hard and strange. “- Orson Scott Card Crazy in love – to be deeply in love with someone that you don’t feel likeContinue reading “The Ways of Love…”
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Uncanny valley (noun) A term that refers to unpleasant feeling which some people have when they see robots or a computer-generated figure that appear very similar to a living human being. Origin of the term comes from a concept that was first introduced in the 1970s by Masahiro Mori, a Japanese roboticist, then a professorContinue reading “Uncanny valley”
Balkanisation/Balkanization (noun) – the process of dividing a country or a larger region into smaller areas where people all dislike or fight each other. Balkanise/Balkanize (verb) – to divide a region/territory into smaller hostile areas. Balkanisation – a geopolitical pejorative term with such a sinister meaning. It was coined in the early 19th century, accordingContinue reading “Balkanisation”
Motif vs Motive
Motif a shape or pattern, especially one that is repeated in a design or decoration *traditional motifs *a flower motif Motive a reason for doing something *The motive for the murder is still unknown.
Beauty of Different Languages…
Dobrý den! It was very pleasant to hear a language different from English and a little bit similar to my native one – Serbian. I make a living from teaching English but let’s preserve and nourish our native languages, too! “If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to hisContinue reading “Beauty of Different Languages…”
Vain vs Vein
Homophones Vain/veɪn/(adjective) too proud of yourself *He is vain about his good looks. unsuccessful or useless *It was a vain attempt to forget her. Vein/veɪn/(noun) A tube in a body that carries blood to the heart. *She is in my veins.
My my! Love or delusion… makes one seriously sick, too… Lovesick (ness) – unable to think about anything except the person who you love, especially when your love is not reciprocated; missing the person one loves, being unable to behave normally. Unrequited love – one-sided love or love that is not reciprocated. Infatuation or being smitten –Continue reading “Lovesickness”
Hackers and Hats
I am pretty certain that you have heard of hackers but do you know that their hats make them good or evil ones? A white hat hacker is a computer expert who gets into computer systems but to ensure the security of the information systems of an organization that hired them. A black hatContinue reading “Hackers and Hats”
From a weapon to an aggressive woman… Battle-axe (woman) – an unpleasant and frightening woman with a strong opinion. Battle-axe – a term, generally considered pejorative, describes an aggressive, bossy woman with determined attitude. I could not find an exact etymology of the term but the temperance activist Carrie Nation, known for attacking alcohol-serving establishmentsContinue reading “Battle-axe”
Desert vs Dessert
Homonym and Homophones Desert /ˈdezə(r)t/ (noun) a large area of land covered with sand or rocks, with little water and few plants *The Sahara Desert Desert /dɪˈzɜː(r)t/ (verb) to leave the army without permission with no intention of returning *He deserted the army without thinking of the consequences. to leave someone without help or inContinue reading “Desert vs Dessert”