Trivia Teaser

Which of these is NOT one of the words in the Olympic motto?

Higher
Faster
Better
Stronger

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20
Nov
2013

Linguists have recently revealed that the 'huh' sound (what? and varying degrees of disbelief) is common to a very large proportion of languages. This is reassuring to the extent that, should you neither understand nor believe that which your overseas host has just said to you, you' ... read more

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30
Sep
2013
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26
Jul
2013

Having been a tad negative/cynical recently I thought I would share a few lines which are particular favourites of mine for their combination of sound and the images and emotions they evoke. Minor changes in language and usage may annoy briefly, but language in the hands of a poet is a lovely thi ... read more

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19
Jul
2013

It’s interesting to note that the different accents of English-speaking countries such as Australia, New Zealand, Canada and North America vary because of the part of the British Isles that the majority of settlers came from.
The broad Australian accent is very similar to Cockney pr ... read more

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12
Jul
2013

I'm having a whinge. I simply hate the way the word PROGRESS has changed its pronunciation over the last few decades. And PROCESS.
What do I mean? Well, it's not unrelated to the OFFENCE/DEFENCE thing (ignoring the difference between the British English DEFENCE and the North American ... read more

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24
Jun
2013

Some jobs are hard to imagine doing, like cleaning skyscraper windows hundreds of feet up in the air in a cherry-picker or working in an egg factory where you lie on your back scraping rotten eggs off conveyor belts.

In comparison, ... read more

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23
May
2013

As crossword solvers, you will be only too familiar with the synonym, the most common form of crossword clue, a word that means the same as another. Big and large, small and little, topic and theme ... read more

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15
May
2013

Yea! We've just had the Budget announced in Australia, to the inevitable wailing of baffled interest groups and the whirring of spin placed on it by competing political groups. Did I mention there's a national election coming up within months?
So this made me think of the terms wh ... read more

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02
May
2013

Readers of Lovatts puzzle magazines often send in funny misprints from church bulletins. I suspect they’re written at the last minute. Maybe the parish priest or vicar is preparing ... read more

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17
Apr
2013

I'm making a creme for my souffle, my coffee's in the cafetiere, the pate comes from the cafe, the decor of which betokens an elite chateau ambience. While the attache has written a communique in detail, with detachment far from mediocre, I've made a flambe of a kepi and epee, just fo ... read more

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03
Apr
2013

Some of the expressions we use regularly don’t seem to make any sense. We hear them being used but rarely stop to think about where they come from.
For instance, To make no bones (as in, “Waiter, I’ll have tomato soup and make no bones about it…”) mean ... read more

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13
Mar
2013

But which ones?
If you're standing at dawn, or sunset, on an apparently endless plain of saltbush* and red soil, with an occasional mulga punctuating the horizon and the hemisphere above painted by the sun's oblique rays, your emotional response to the scene will always be your ow ... read more