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What does one call something that contains the seeds of its own downfall?

What does one call something that contains the seeds of its own downfall? [more inside]
posted by viewofdelft on Oct 5, 2006 - 35 answers

It's not lecturing, it's e-lecturing

What can you tell me about adjuncting online? [more inside]
posted by BackwardsCity on Oct 3, 2006 - 2 answers

Mac OS X only knows English

Mac OS X 10.4 has a wonderful little feature associated with Dictionary.app : if press crtl + apple + D, it gives you the definition of the word under the cursor. Clearly this is only of limited use to a native english speaker, but I can imagine it being very helpful to non-native speakers, and I've very much love to have dictionaries in other languages (firsly French). However, it appears Apple never bothered to make any. Any idea what the file format is? Or how to make your own dictionary? [more inside]
posted by jeffburdges on Oct 2, 2006 - 9 answers

Getting into TEFL in the UK

What's the best way to get qualified in TEFL and find a teaching position, given that I've probably missed the start of the academic year? [more inside]
posted by London Irregular on Sep 18, 2006 - 6 answers

Teaching a teenager English-language idioms

Help me come up with a list of cool English-language idioms to teach my teenage foster daughter from Taiwan. Slightly [more inside]
posted by ClaudiaCenter on Sep 14, 2006 - 19 answers

passive voice question

He was killed; he got (himself) killed. It was sold; it got sold (possibly out from under me). What sort of semantic difference does using forms of "get" versus "be" in passive constructions convey? [more inside]
posted by kenko on Sep 8, 2006 - 12 answers

My vocabulary is large, it contains multitudes

LanguageArts: to the bilingual (or more) people in the hive... [more inside]
posted by seawallrunner on Sep 5, 2006 - 24 answers

Bloody Hell!

A general question about the etymology/evolution of profanity as it is generally used in the English language. [more inside]
posted by Navelgazer on Aug 30, 2006 - 18 answers

Doctor, Doctor, what's the correct abbreviation for doctor!?!

InaneQuestionFilter: When you abbreviate doctor, does it get a full-stop? ie. should it be Dr or Dr.? [more inside]
posted by ranglin on Aug 29, 2006 - 21 answers

Flashcards

I am looking for flashcards on three specific subjects. I've looked online and haven't had much luck. The first I don't really need help finding, "beginning spanish words". The other two have been more difficult. [more inside]
posted by JokingClown on Aug 28, 2006 - 5 answers

Help with, um, help....

Lately, much to my annoyance, I've encountered many examples of this kind of sentence: "Customers like their hamburgers to taste like, well, hamburgers." "The album `The Allman Brother's Band' by, um, the Allman Brothers is one of my favorites." "Dorothy has red shoes, a dog named Toto, and is from, wait for it, Kansas." My questions: is there a name for the "well" "um" and the "wait for it" in these sentences? Is there a literary term for this sort of thing? Am I wrong that this is a growing trend?
posted by pasici on Aug 19, 2006 - 41 answers

Is Oxford Seminar Worth It?

Will an Oxford Seminars course on teaching English abroad translate into a job? [more inside]
posted by greedo on Aug 18, 2006 - 3 answers

English Pronunciation Learning Tools

Can anyone recommend websites that would be useful for Chinese people wanting to learn English? [more inside]
posted by boosh on Aug 18, 2006 - 2 answers

What do these Italian phrases mean in English?

Help needed with Italian to English translation. I emailed an restaurant in Italy to ask for a reseravation in Italian (cut and paste from a phrasefinder) - they have emailed back to confirm booking (that bit I understand) but have run the next bit through babelfish and still don't understand what they mean... [more inside]
posted by janecr on Aug 17, 2006 - 5 answers

French to english translation

Parlez-Vous Fran├žais? I need a french to english translation. I love this short film and find it fun to watch but I think it would be even funnier for me if I knew what was going on. [more inside]
posted by tellurian on Aug 11, 2006 - 8 answers

Looking for a non-Indo-European language that sounds like English.

I was wondering if there are any non-Indo-European languages which would sound like gibberish, albeit English-like gibberish, to a native English speaker. [more inside]
posted by Frankieist on Aug 10, 2006 - 32 answers

Suggestions for good, interesting books on English grammar?

My girlfriend is Korean, and has been living in the US since 2000. Her English is fairly good, but she still makes a few grammatical errors on a regular basis, especially when writing. Can anyone recommend a good, and probably more importantly interesting to read, book on English grammar she could use to get better? [more inside]
posted by Sangermaine on Aug 8, 2006 - 16 answers

Correct Usage

So there has been an invasion of portuguese man of war jellyfish locally..... [more inside]
posted by sgobbare on Jul 29, 2006 - 16 answers

What essays for freshman composition?

Pimp my freshman composition class: what essays would you put on the syllabus? [more inside]
posted by wheat on Jul 27, 2006 - 30 answers

Must... not... lick... Macbook.

What word am I thinking of? There's a word that means something like, "an object that compels you to want to eat or lick it, even though the object is in fact not edible or meant to be licked". If it helps at all, I believe I've seen this word used to describe the new Macbook and its resemblance to an oversized piece of Chiclet gum. And btw, "pica" is not the word.
posted by satori101 on Jul 25, 2006 - 38 answers

Has english conquered the entire computer world?

Are there any programming languages where the keywords/reserved words are in a language other than English? (ie; if, else, for)
posted by jacalata on Jul 25, 2006 - 5 answers

The more you know ...

Can you recommend a program on DVD or PC for learning English as a second language? [more inside]
posted by Could it be, El Guapo ... on Jul 20, 2006 - 4 answers

Is there a term fo when people go by a single name?

Is there a term for when people go by a single name like Madonna or Cher? [more inside]
posted by Cochise on Jul 12, 2006 - 22 answers

Science and literature, post-1945

Next year I'm teaching a course on science and literature after 1945. What should I put on the syllabus? [more inside]
posted by josh on Jul 5, 2006 - 28 answers

Is the 'th' sound native to any languages other than English?

Is the 'th' sound native to any languages other than English?
posted by airguitar on Jun 24, 2006 - 31 answers

anon, anent!

Know any rare English prepositions? [more inside]
posted by footnote on Jun 17, 2006 - 11 answers

I Eat You!

Help me find a long lost Flash movie....Learn English. I am a Lion. I eat you! I am eating you! I ate you! [more inside]
posted by lemonfridge on Jun 16, 2006 - 2 answers

What does 'Terror' mean?

Is the definition of 'terror' as 'Violence committed or threatened by a group to intimidate or coerce a population, as for military or political purposes' a recent development, or a regional variation? [more inside]
posted by beniamino on Jun 11, 2006 - 21 answers

Speedy Revision?

Okay, I have realised that for my English Literature exam on Monday I have spent most of my time revising Blake (1/2 of the exam) and next to no time with Hamlet (the other 1/2 of the exam) learning quotes, key themes etc - we have read the play in class twice, the last time being about 4 weeks ago. Any help to make this exam go as painlessly as possible? I realise I may already be a lost cause. [more inside]
posted by philsi on Jun 8, 2006 - 29 answers

Calling All Lit-Heads

Bookworm MeFites: I'm looking for novels, short stories, and plays by white authors where their non-white characters speak in a dialect. For instance, the slave Jim in Twain's Huckleberry Finn. [more inside]
posted by rossination on May 25, 2006 - 45 answers

Je t'aime, fromage!

Help us figure out how to spend 9 months to a year in France. [more inside]
posted by kaseijin on May 22, 2006 - 14 answers

All your base are off of us

Did "based on" beget "based off of"? [more inside]
posted by Mr Stickfigure on May 16, 2006 - 28 answers

Rescue me from my labyrinth. Help me translate Borges.

I'm looking for an English translation of Borges online. [more inside]
posted by veggieboy on May 15, 2006 - 7 answers

English spelling article

I'm looking for a jokey piece on the Internet which is a treatise on how to reform English which gradually changes into German as you read. [more inside]
posted by dydecker on Apr 27, 2006 - 7 answers

Venus words

In English, we have words like mercurial, martial, jovial, and saturnine... [more inside]
posted by wanderingmind on Apr 26, 2006 - 22 answers

Most common English words

What are the 500 most commonly used words in the English language ? Where can I get such a list ? [more inside]
posted by inquisitive on Apr 24, 2006 - 15 answers

Where can I find a list of common spanish words/phrases?

Does anyone know where I can find a list online of 500-1000 most common spanish words or phrases, along with their meanings? I searched a bit and found quite a few that had 50 or a 100 approximately, but I want more. I have a Spanish to English dictionary, but I want to print out a quick reference sheet. The list can be words or phrases, it doesnt matter too much.
posted by JokingClown on Apr 24, 2006 - 3 answers

The Lazy Man's Guide to Shakespeare

How can I convert a modern English speech into Shakespearean English, quickly and easily? [more inside]
posted by unclejeffy on Apr 20, 2006 - 14 answers

Here's a topic... I mean it's a pretty puzzling one.

Is it just me, or has the verbal crutch "I mean" (used as a conjunction rather than a correction) really flooded into American English recently? Last night I was listening to a radio show and nearly all the callers were doing it. My wife does it. My friends do it. I have to stop myself from doing it. Is this at all new? When did it start? I really don't remember hearing this (or doing this) 10-20 years ago.
posted by rolypolyman on Apr 15, 2006 - 40 answers

Linguaesthetics

What does English sound like? [more inside]
posted by xanthippe on Apr 10, 2006 - 51 answers

Greek-English Old Testament

Help me find an interlinear NIV Greek-English Old Testament. [more inside]
posted by nile_red on Apr 8, 2006 - 13 answers

World getting smaller, my ass.

Anyone (non-Japanese-speaking, not based in Japan) have experience buying from Amazon.co.jp? [more inside]
posted by kittyprecious on Mar 29, 2006 - 5 answers

"Literally" is its own antonym! How can this be?

Thanks to a derail in this thread, I have learned that Merriam-Webster now believes that "literally" also means "virtually." This has shaken me to the core, and seems to be evidence of the English language being irrevocably broken. I beg you to ease my soul and prove this isn't true by giving me evidence of other English words that, over time, have come to mean their own antonyms.
posted by Faint of Butt on Mar 28, 2006 - 103 answers

Holy Shit, Batman!

Where do apeshit and batshit come from? [more inside]
posted by landtuna on Mar 21, 2006 - 26 answers

I tried to think of a cute title, but to be honest, I didn't try very hard.

In America, there's a trend towards making the English language more gender-neutral. However, it seems that English is already one of the world's more androgynous languages. Is there an effort to make other languages more gender-neutral, or is it just American English?
posted by Afroblanco on Mar 17, 2006 - 50 answers

English Bacon, Canadian Bacon . . . Who knew there was so much to a pig?

While abroad last fall, I had really awesome sandwhiches. It seemed like every pub we ate in had a brie-and-bacon-on-some-sort-of-bread available. Now that I'm back in the states, I want to know where to find English bacon, or how to substitute for it. [more inside]
posted by Medieval Maven on Mar 16, 2006 - 11 answers

How to entertain an international audience at a wedding?

I am to be the best man at a wedding of a German and Italian (the bride). I have been asked by the couple to speak in English on the day. Most people attending should be able to understand some English but unfortunately there will still be a number who will not understand. Any clever ideas on how to bridge the language barrier? German humour and Italian humour - what are they? Are they compatible? How could I work them together? As I am British, I don't know the different customs and practices at Italian weddings and German weddings. What are the things I should really make a point of doing and not doing? Are there some finer touches that would really go down well? [more inside]
posted by BritishBestMan on Mar 7, 2006 - 12 answers

Quick and dirty translation?

What does the Japanese writing on these two packages mean (in English)?
posted by onshi on Feb 7, 2006 - 13 answers

How do I teach my child a foreign language?

How to teach my child a foreign language (English)? [more inside]
posted by davar on Jan 29, 2006 - 21 answers

One should use "one"!

Why does one not use the word "one" more often when refering to people in general? [more inside]
posted by Jase_B on Jan 10, 2006 - 24 answers

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