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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

Is there another word for synonym? - George Carlin

Fair speech may hide a foul heart. - JRR Tolkien

Speech is silver; silence is golden. - Thomas Carlyle

What's another word for thesaurus? - Steven Wright

Speech is the small change of silence. - George Meredith

Tea to the English is really a picnic indoors. - Alice Walker

A story is told as much by silence as by speech. - Susan Griffin

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

The English never draw a line without blurring it. - Winston Churchill

Life is a foreign language; all men mispronounce it. - Christopher Morley

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

Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality. - Warren G Bennis

You don't have good grammar when you type with your fists. - C.F. Payne

I failed kindergarten because I couldn't spell my last name. - Zach Galifianakis

Think like a wise man but communicate in the language of the people. - William Butler Yeats

The four most beautiful words in our common language: I told you so. - Gore Vidal

The English have an extraordinary ability for flying into a great calm. - Alexander Woollcott

Dreams say what they mean, but they don't say it in daytime language. - Gail Godwin

It usually takes more than three weeks to prepare a good impromptu speech. - Mark Twain

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

No one has a finer command of language than the person who keeps his mouth shut. - Sam Rayburn

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

Great literature is simply language charged with meaning to the utmost possible degree. - Ezra Pound

Never make fun of someone who speaks broken English. It means they know another language. - H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

A person's name is, to that person, the sweetest, most important sound in any language. - Dale Carnegie

Officialese: A government language where you can understand the words, but not the sentences - Daffynitions joe-ks.com

Grammar, which knows how to lord it over kings, and with high hands makes them obey its laws. - Moliere

I, schooled in misery, know many purifying rites, and I know where speech is proper and where silence. - Aeschylus

Although he tortures the English language, he has not yet succeeded in forcing it to reveal its meaning. - J B Morton

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

A dinosaur out of context is like a character without a story. Worse than that, the character suffers from amnesia. - Jack Horner

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

The protean nature of the computer is such that it can act like a machine or like a language to be shaped and exploited. - Alan Kay

'Good English' is whatever educated people talk; so that what is good in one place or time would not be so in another. - C S Lewis

The symbolic language of the crucifixion is the death of the old paradigm; resurrection is a leap into a whole new way of thinking. - Deepak Chopra

The English eat all sorts of birds - pigeons, ducks, sparrows - but if you tell them you eat puffin, you might as well come from Mars. - Bjork

Wise sayings are not only for ornament, but for action and business, having a point or edge, whereby knots in business are pierced and discovered. - Francis Bacon

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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