Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Hindi Word in English: Bangle

The English word BANGLE, meaning a ring-bracelet or anklet, is from the Hindi word bangri, meaning "glass bracelet." Bangles can also be made from metals, plastic, wood, and other materials. The word first appears in English in the late 18th century. You can read more about the bangles worn by women in South Asia in this detailed Wikipedia article.

The image below shows a bride wearing bangles.

Resource: Grammar Rock

When I was a little kid, I knew all these Grammar Rock songs by heart (they showed them on TV during Saturday morning cartoons). In addition to Grammar Rock, there were other videos too; you can read more about the whole series at Wikipedia. I've got another post here with the Interjections video; you can see the rest of the Grammar Rock videos below:

Unpack Your Adjectives:

Conjunction Junction:

Lolly, Lolly, Lolly, Get Your Adverbs Here:

Rufus Xavier Sarsaparilla:

Verb: That's What's Happenin':

A Noun Is A Person, Place Or Thing:

Busy Prepositions:

The Tale of Mr. Morton:

Saturday, August 20, 2016

The Perils of Cursive

A great comic by Jim Benton about the perils of cursive: demon? lemon? The wizard is not happy with the results!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Creativity and Touch Typing

I am a big fan of typing ... a very big fan of typing! I taught myself to type on a manual typewriter at a very young age (I was 9, so the year was 1973), and this article expresses perfectly why typing frees me up to think creatively in a way that handwriting never did. Long live the keyboard! :-)

Typing vs Writing by Seán McHugh:
In other words, when you can touch-type, the cognitive load of writing and thinking at the same time are lessened and free up working memory for thinking — a bit like cycling a bicycle — once the effort required for remaining balanced, and changing gears et cetera are automatic, you can spend more time noticing/enjoying where you are going.  The same idea applies to things like decoding in reading via ‘sight words’, this frees thinking space for understanding instead of decoding. The absence of effort in one frees cognitive space for the other.
Would you like to improve your typing? You can try the typing games like Ninja Cat v. Zombie Dinosaurs at the Ense-Lang website, and there are many more sites online where you can find typing tests and tools to help you improve your typing.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

The Bad Language institute

The use of random punctuation marks and other typographical signs to indicate swearwords or obscenities is called a grawlix. Really, I'm not kidding! :-)