Body and soul, let’s all go / transformed into arrows! / Piercing the air / body and soul, let’s go / with no turning back.
August 15, 1982: On this day, Ko Un was released from prison under a general amnesty. The former Buddhist monk, who had been given a life sentence for resisting the South Korean military dictatorship, went on to become one of the most acclaimed poets in Korea.
It is ‘where we are’ that should make all the difference, whether we believe we belong there or not.
After working on Wall Street for a year, Korean American novelist Chang-Rae Lee (born July 29, 1965) went back to school to get a masters degree in writing. Upon graduating, he turned his thesis into his first novel, the award-winning Native Speaker.
Each day means a new twenty-four hours. Each day means everything’s possible again. You live in the moment, you die in the moment, you take it all one day at a time.
Happy birthday, Marie Lu! The young adult author of the Legend series has a “special love” for dystopian fiction, which may or may not have something to do with her being born in the year 1984.
Here’s a great list for overused words!
- Little- small, insufficient, minute, tiny, meagre, slight, mini, petite, brief, limited 💡
- Pretty- attractive, beautiful, cute, elegant, good-looking, lovely, pleasant, handsome (for a male)
- Saw- glimpsed, spied, gazed, looked, watched, observed, glanced 🙄
- Comfortable- appropriate, complacent, convenient, cozy, easy, loose, pleasant, relaxed, useful, snug
- Nice- likeable, agreeable, lovely, friendly, kind, thoughtful, decent 🙂
- Interesting- engaging, exotic, fascinating, impressive, intriguing, stimulating, unusual, striking, lovely, compelling 😯
And More Overused English Words
- Good- fine, excellent, great, marvelous, wonderful, satisfying, terrific, delightful 😀
- Said- told, responded, stated, remarked, commented, replied, exclaimed, mentioned
- Awesome- amazing, alarming, astonishing, awful, awe-inspiring, dreadful, breathtaking, imposing, impressive, magnificent, wonderful 😛
- Like- love, prefer, appreciate, fancy, enjoy, favour, want, adore 😉
I want to understand you,
I study your obscure language.
Russian poet Alexander Pushkin (born June 6, 1799) was part of the country’s literati from age 15. By 26, he had begun publishing the serialization of Eugene Onegin, his novel in verse. By 37, he was dead, killed in one of the 29 duels that he fought in his short life.
What are men to rocks and mountains?
April 1, 1816: The Prince Regent enjoyed Jane Austen’s novels, but he requested that she try her hand at a historical romance with less satirical and humorous elements. Austen was not amused. On this day, she wrote to the Prince Regent, “I could not sit down to write a serious romance under any other motive than to save my life.”
The Internet is literally full of critics of the figurative use of literally. While employing this metaphorical usage might make many casual language lovers’ ears bleed, descriptivist lexicographers will hail you as a language innovator. My advice: be self-aware. Know that if you use literally figuratively, it will sound horrible to some, and perfectly acceptable to others.
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All my best,
Jill a.k.a. 1morganlefaye
By the pricking of my thumbs,
Something wicked this way comes.
Happy Halloween! Stage lore has it that Shakespeare’s witchy tragedy, Macbeth, is cursed. Thespians refuse to utter the title inside a theater, calling it instead, “the Scottish play.” What’s your favorite spooky story?
The pleasure of all reading is doubled when one lives with another who shares the same books.
October 14, 1888: Short story writer Katherine Mansfield lived a brief and rebellious life, full of affairs with both men and women. She left her native New Zealand in part due to disgust over the treatment of the Maori people and lived a bohemian life in London before dying of tuberculosis at 34.