The Phrase Finder
1,800 English phrases, sayings, idioms and expressions, with their meanings and origins explained. It includes Famous Last Words.
For example:
John Sedgwick
The last words of John Sedgwick, a general in the Union Army in the American Civil War.
He saw many engagements and was wounded three times – but was seemingly immune to fear. In his last moments on earth while under fire, he said:
“They couldn’t hit an elephant at this distance.”
He was shot and killed moments later.
Take a look at the dictionary HERE
The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows
A wonderfully evocative compendium of invented words written by John Koenig. Each original definition aims to fill a hole in the language.
DictionaryFor example:
For a million years we’ve watched the sky
and huddled in fear.
But somehow you still find yourself
quietly rooting for the storm.
As if a part of you is tired of waiting…
Fascinating words and videos HERE
“This book ignores the path most taken”, begins a Galleywampus review of ‘Wolf’. “At every turn, this novel does the unexpected.”
“Alma Alexander switches her narrator of this next book in her The Were Chronicles trilogy, and Mal’s voice is like a rumble of thunder compared to his sister’s.”
Read the whole review HERE
11 Delicious Food Novels to Savor
“Food nourishes the body, books nourish the mind, and as far as I’m concerned, that’s about all you need”, Emma Volk writes at Off the Shelf and suggests that it’s only natural to merge life’s two necessities into one tasty genre: foodie fiction. “Whether you’re craving espionage, romance, or lemon cake, whet your appetite on one of these eleven novels where food takes a starring role.”
One of her selections is that delightful book, Chocola, by Joanne Harris
The basis of the Oscar-nominated film starring Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp, this book explores what happens when a beautiful newcomer and her exquisite chocolate shop arrive in a tiny, old-fashioned town during Lent, accidentally sparking a dramatic face-off between Easter solemnity and the pagan gaiety of a chocolate festival.
A delightful, hedonistic romp from start to finish, it is a sweet treat full of charm, wonder, and, of course, truffles.
Read all her choices HERE
Jamie Jones of BuzzFeed selects
24 Photos That Are Way Too Real For Book Lovers
My personal choices are numbers 5, 11, and this one
15. When you enter a bookstore and want to buy everything in sight
BookloversYour choices may differ.
See all 24 HERE
The Most Prolific Editor on Wikipedia
Wikipedia contains 4,985,975 articles, Zachary Crockett writes at Priceonomics. If these were printed and bound into books, there would be 2,207 of them. All of this content is user-submitted and user-policed: the site requires constant maintenance from a massive pool of unpaid editors.
One of them has made 1.5 million edits.
Since joining Wikipedia a decade ago, 32-year-old Justin Anthony Knapp (username “koavf”) has established himself as the the site’s most active contributor of all time. He has made an astonishing 1,485,342 edits (an average of 385 per day), ranging in topic from Taylor Swift to the history of blacksmithing.
Read the whole story HERE
16-year-old artist uses fallen leaves to create stunning paintings
Painted LeafAt Upworthy, Evan Porter tells us about 16-year-old Joanna Wirażka, part of a new generation of artists who use the Earth as their canvas.
Joanna’s medium of choice? Fallen leaves.
The Polish artist painted her first leaf on New Year’s Eve of last year. While all of her friends were getting ready for a party, she spent the whole day painstakingly drying, painting, and coloring – inspired by the brilliant hues of the fireworks in the night sky.
Read the whole story HERE
Quote of the Day
“If myth is translated into literal fact, then myth is a lie. But if you read it as a reflection of the world inside you, then it’s true. Myth is the penultimate truth.” ~ Joseph Campbell
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