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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 [...]

23 Weird Words That Have Different Meanings to Those You Imagine

By |2019-05-09T17:24:51+03:00May 11th, 2019|Categories: Food for thought, Literature|Tags: , , , , , |

Our language is full of weird words that look as if they mean one thing but actually imply something completely different. For example, take the word bucolic. If you didn’t already know what this word meant, you might surmise that it was a medical word connected to an illness of the lungs perhaps. In actual [...]

27 Foreign Words You Didn’t Know You Were Using Every Day

By |2019-05-01T19:25:45+03:00May 5th, 2019|Categories: Food for thought, Weird & Unbelievable Facts|Tags: , , , , , |

Some words are so intrinsically embedded into our unconscious that we don’t even realise they are foreign words. Take the internationally-known distress call of ‘May Day!’ for example. It derives from the French verb for help – 'aider'. In the 1920s, people were getting used to new international radio communications. A senior air traffic control [...]

25 Aesthetic Words Every Book Lover Will Appreciate

By |2019-04-27T21:49:06+03:00May 2nd, 2019|Categories: Food for thought|Tags: , , , , |

The English language is full of beautiful sounding words that are a delight to hear. How many of these aesthetic words do you know? Some of the most beautiful words in the English language conjure up a sense of something magical. Finding the perfect aesthetic words for a sensation or feeling is a joy. Sometimes [...]

4 Basic Types of Communication and How to Master Each of Them

By |2019-04-20T21:23:30+03:00April 20th, 2019|Categories: Personal Development, Self-Improvement, Success Skills|Tags: , , , , |

Just talking to someone isn’t going to work anymore. You must understand the different types of communication. I can strike up a conversation with anyone, to be honest. But this doesn’t mean I’m utilizing a healthy form of communication. Some types of communication do not work as well as others, and this is why we [...]