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Captain Literate

Making sense of confusing English terminology

Captain Literate thanks to Howard Chapman

Learning English can be tough for foreign language students

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Monogamy: A synonym for monotony. - Gregory Nunn

Speech is silver; silence is golden. - Thomas Carlyle

A riot is the language of the unheard. - Martin Luther King, Jr.

I'm a supporter of my free speech. - Howard Stern

Dance is the hidden language of the soul. - Martha Graham

Music is well said to be the speech of angels. - Thomas Carlyle

I will not down to posterity talking bad grammar. - Benjamin Disraeli

One must be a wise reader to quote wisely and well. - Amos Bronson Alcott

Well-timed silence hath more eloquence than speech. - Martin Fraquhar Tupper

Ratify: To use a spell and turn a person into a rodent - Daffynitions joe-ks.com

This is the sort of English up with which I will not put. - Winston Churchill

The surest way to make a monkey out of a man is to quote him. - Robert Benchley

We need a president who's fluent in at least one language. - Buck Henry

An animal's eyes have the power to speak a great language. - Martin Buber

When people are proud of their speech, be proud of your silence. - Luqman

Changes in language often reflect the changing values of a culture. - Ravi Zacharias

Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see. - Mark Twain

Music is the only language in which you cannot say a mean or sarcastic thing. - John Erskine

There are ways of singing in English that are not just the same as in French. - Coeur de Pirate

Under all speech that is good for anything there lies a silence that is better. - Thomas Carlyle

The most beautiful words in the English language are "cheque enclosed". - Dorothy Parker

Humour is practically the only thing about which the English are utterly serious. - Malcolm Muggeridge

If you cannot understand me in my speech, how can you understand me in my silence? - Ravi Zacharias

I personally think we developed language because of our deep inner need to complain. - Jane Wagner

Speak when you're angry and you'll make the best speech you'll ever regret. - L.J. Peter

People demand freedom of speech to make up for the freedom of thought which they avoid. - Soren Kierkegaard

I never made a mistake in grammar but once in my life, and as soon as I done it. I seen it. - Carl Sandburg

The first man to use abusive language instead of his fists was the founder of civilization. - Sigmund Freud

It's a strange world of language in which skating on thin ice can get you into hot water. - Franklin P. Jones

Sometimes I have kept my feelings to myself, because I could find no language to describe them in. - Jane Austen

I alone of English writers have consciously set myself to make music out of what I may call the sound of sense. - Robert Frost

To suppress free speech is a double wrong. It violates the rights of the hearer as well as those of the speaker. - Frederick Douglass

If you find yourself saying, "But I can't speak English...", try adding the word "... yet". - Jane Revell

The longest word in the English language is the one following the phrase, "And now a word from our sponsor." - Hal Eaton

The nine most terrifying words in the English language are,
"I'm from the government and I'm here to help." - Ronald Reagan

The wise man is but a clever infant, spelling letters from a hieroglyphical prophetic book, the lexicon of which lies in eternity. - Thomas Carlyle

It is Ireland's sacred duty to send over, every few years, a playwright to save the English theatre from inarticulate glumness. - Kenneth Tynan

The best managers figure out how to get great outcomes by setting the appropriate context, rather than by trying to control their people. - Reed Hastings

I remain convinced that obstinate addiction to ordinary language in our private thoughts is one of the main obstacles to progress in philosophy. - Bertrand Russell

No matter how bad things are, they can always be worse. So what if my stroke left me with a speech impediment? Moses had one, and he did all right. - Kirk Douglas


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