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19 Everyday Expressions That Came from Aesop

19 Everyday Expressions That Came from Aesop

Craig S Baker Wikimedia Commons

Aesop: we’ve all heard the name, and most of us are familiar with at least a few of his fables with the anthropomorphized animals facing extremely unrealistic yet entertaining dilemmas.

There is no concrete evidence that the ancient Greek moralist and former slave we call Aesop ever wrote down any of his stories (in fact, it was several…

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25 Words For Other Words

25 Words For Other Words


One of the intriguing things about languages is that they eventually develop vocabularies comprehensive enough to describe themselves, often down to their smallest units and components. So as well as drawing a distinction between nouns, verbs, and adjectives, we can talk about things like synonyms (happy, content) and antonyms (happy, sad); homophones (oar, ore,

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Stop Trying To Be So Efficient!

Stop Trying To Be So Efficient!

by Allan A.

It’s a go-go-go world. Read. Act. Write. Send. Repeat. We are just machines using machines to be faster machines. From the top down, we’ve all been instructed for decades to get things done more efficiently. What’s it gotten us?

Are law firms and accounting firms sending staff home because they worked so fast on their deliverables? Probably not.

Are software developers standing…

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3 Reasons why taking a break makes us more productive

3 Reasons why taking a break makes us more productive

Last week I took off to Montana with some good friends for a few days lake-side. We mountain biked, paddle-boarded, wake surfed and bon-fired our brains out of work mode and was fabulous.

It’s now a new week and I am back to work feeling like a million bucks. In wondering why I am feeling so ready to take on the world, I did a little research into the science behind the…

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Why Isn’t ‘Arkansas’ Pronounced Like ‘Kansas’?

Why Isn’t ‘Arkansas’ Pronounced Like ‘Kansas’?

Arika Okrent

Kansas and Arkansas aren’t so far from each other on the map, but their names seem to want nothing to do with each other. Though they share all but two letters in common, Kansas comes out as “KANzis” and Arkansas as “ARkansaw.” Why so different?

Kansas was named for the Kansa, a Siouan tribe that lived in the region. The Kansa people were called, in plural,…

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A Professor’s Pointers for Success in College: 21 Easy-to-Follow Tips

A Professor’s Pointers for Success in College: 21 Easy-to-Follow Tips

is a mom, prof. at St. Lawrence U. & author of the bullying-prevention play Have You Filled a Bucket Today?

It’s about that time again. Sleepy college towns will begin to awaken, abuzz with an excitement that only college students can inspire. Young scholars will soon arrive on college and university campuses, ready, or not so…

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Where Did The Ampersand Symbol Come From?

Where Did The Ampersand Symbol Come From?


The symbol we know as the ampersand first appeared in some graffiti on a Pompeian wall around the first century A.D. It wasn’t called an “ampersand” at the time—it was just a ligature of the cursive letters “E” and “T” forming the Latin word et, which means “and.” (This is why “etc.” is sometimes written “&c”.)

At first, & had competition for use, as…

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JAMAICA NEWSWEEKLY For the week ending July 25th, 2014

JAMAICA NEWSWEEKLY For the week ending July 25th, 2014


The government of Jamaica is developing a social protection policy that is meant to alleviate poverty and even eliminate from the country altogether, according to Dr. Peter Phillips, Finance Minister. The project is a partnership of the Jamaican government and the World Bank that was…

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CARIBBEAN NEWS SUMMARY for the week ending July 25th, 2014

CARIBBEAN NEWS SUMMARY for the week ending July 25th, 2014

The 2013 Caribbean American Heritage Month in Brooklyn, New York, featured stop performers and had attendees rollicking to the music of the bands. The 2014 event celebrated its ninth year in June and was marked by the memorable performance of six-year-old Kamarley, who managed to hold his own with performers like Soca Queen…

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Fare Thee Well, My Pen: The Demise of the Pen

Fare Thee Well, My Pen: The Demise of the Pen



CreditEllen Weinstein

The pen is dead. It was murdered by the finger.

I first realized this last week when my girlfriend asked to borrow a pen to sign the back of one of those paper check things.

“Sure,” I replied, picking up my laptop bag to rummage inside. I pulled out a succession of rectangular-shaped gadgets, but there was no pen to be found.

“Hmm, maybe we…

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