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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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Speech is silver; silence is golden. - Thomas Carlyle

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

I believe in God, only I spell it Nature. - Frank Lloyd Wright

Nothing you can't spell will ever work. - Will Rogers

I am the Roman Emperor and am above grammar. - Emperor Sigismund

I have often regretted my speech, never my silence. - Xenocrates

He speaks English, Spanish, and he's bilingual too. - Don King

The adjective is the banana peel of the parts of speech. - Clifton Fadiman

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

A fool is known by his speech; and a wise man by silence. - Pythagoras

Quota: Someone who likes to report other people's speech - Daffynitions joe-ks.com

The English winter - ending in July, to recommence in August. - Lord Byron

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

You're not a star until they can spell your name in Karachi. - Humphrey Bogart

Reality can be lost when reason and language have been violated. - Ravi Zacharias

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

The English are not an inventive people; they don't eat enough pie. - Thomas Edison

Laughter is, after speech, the chief thing that holds society together. - Max Eastman

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

Out of suffering comes creativity. You cannot spell painting without pain. - John Lithgow

Civilization - a heap of rubble scavenged by scrawny English Lit. vultures. - Malcolm Muggeridge

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

The English should give Ireland home rule - and reserve the motion picture rights. - Will Rogers

There's nothing like an English weirdo. We have the best nutters in the world. - Sharon Osbourne

We really have everything in common with America nowadays except, of course, language. - Oscar Wilde

Everybody laughs the same in every language because laughter is a universal connection. - Yakov Smirnoff

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

The English country gentleman galloping after a fox - the unspeakable in full pursuit of the uneatable. - Oscar Wilde

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

Englishmen learn Christ's law best in English. Moses heard God's law in his own tongue; so did Christ's apostles. - John Wycliffe

'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

All worthwhile men have good thoughts, good ideas, and good intentions, but precious few of them ever translate those into action. - John Hancock Field

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

I can remember a reporter asking me for a quote, and I didn't know what a quote was. I thought it was some kind of a soft drink. - Joe DiMaggio

If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart. - Nelson Mandela

Cricket - a game which the English, not being a spiritual people, have invented in order to give themselves some conception of eternity. - Lord Mancroft

Music is a language that doesn't speak in particular words. It speaks in emotions, and if it's in the bones, it's in the bones. - Keith Richards

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


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