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12 Types of ‘Philes’ and What They Love: Which One Do You Relate to?

By |2019-11-19T15:17:52+03:00November 19th, 2019|Categories: Personality, Self-Knowledge & Personality Tests|Tags: , , , |

Have you ever wondered if there is a name for something that you love? Well, it turns out there probably is. The word ‘phile’ is a person who has a love or obsession with a particular thing and comes from the ancient Greek word for love ‘phileein’. Moreover, you may be surprised to know that [...]

12 Other Words for Dumb to Use in an Intelligent Conversation

By |2019-10-27T12:31:16+03:00October 27th, 2019|Categories: Food for thought, Languages|Tags: , , , , , |

With the world so divided at the moment, it seems everyone we talk to has a completely different opinion. I think it’s all very well to have an intelligent conversation. You broaden your outlook. You get to hear another side of the topic. But sometimes you come across a person who is, well, let’s just [...]

5 Things Pretentious People Do to Seem Smarter and Cooler Than They Are

By |2019-10-24T21:01:46+03:00October 26th, 2019|Categories: Personality|Tags: , , , |

Have you ever found yourself faced with some incredibly pretentious people? Their lives are almost entirely fictional just to seem cooler, smarter, or somehow better in the eyes of everyone else. It’s human nature to want to be perceived as more impressive by other people. But the majority of us know it’s not necessary (or [...]

How to Raise a Bilingual Child to Help Them Thrive Later in Life

By |2019-10-25T15:56:10+03:00October 25th, 2019|Categories: Education, Languages|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Raising a child to be bilingual provides many lasting benefits that will impact all areas of his/her life. Some of the benefits of bilingualism include broadening a child’s perspective of the world, opening up career opportunities later in life, and having a positive impact on their cognitive development. The Benefits of Raising a Bilingual Child [...]

L’Esprit de l’Escalier: a State Every Introvert Has Experienced

By |2019-08-28T14:52:31+03:00August 28th, 2019|Categories: Introvert's World, Personality|Tags: , , , |

There is a state that is experienced by introverts the world over. L’espirit de l’escalier is a French idiom meaning to have the wit of the staircase. Although it sounds like it means nothing, it is something we have all experienced. It is something we can all relate to, but which affects introverts more than [...]

14 Origins of Phrases You Probably Use Every Day but Had No Idea about

By |2019-06-20T17:15:53+03:00June 21st, 2019|Categories: Food for thought, History & Archaeology|Tags: , , , , , , |

Have you ever walked into a tiny room and thought ‘I couldn’t swing a cat in here?’ Have you ever ‘rubbed someone up the wrong way?’ These are examples of phrases we use all the time, but do you know their origins? I love words. I love metaphors, words that come from foreign languages, I [...]

10 Little-Known Origins of Words That Come from People’s Names

By |2019-06-10T19:01:09+03:00June 10th, 2019|Categories: Food for thought, History & Archaeology, Weird & Unbelievable Facts|Tags: , , , |

Does anyone fancy a ham and cheese stamford? You might be eating one right now if that particular Earl had invented what we all now know as the sandwich. Here are some other origins of words that come from people’s names. It’s a famous story but let’s just recap for a moment. The Earl of [...]

13 Commonly Misused Words That May Belie Your Intelligence

By |2019-05-21T22:30:03+03:00May 21st, 2019|Categories: Food for thought|Tags: , , , , , , |

Our language is a wonderful tool. We use it to communicate our innermost thoughts and feelings. Writers in particular love to seek out words that add nuance and layers to their work. But in doing so, they can sometimes pick commonly misused words. It can be tempting to pop that unusual word into your blog [...]