Category Archives: Language

Gleanings From The Past #39

Color Blind The crier employed by an auctioneer in Portsmouth, among other articles, cried white silk stockings, of all colors. — Chaplet of Comus, 1811 Precise Pronunciation A gentleman of the bar in Ireland walking one day with a friend, … Continue reading

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Pun Of The Weak: Leauge

I remember joining a tennis tournament where I was the only player when the tournament started. The organizers said that I was in a league of my own.  

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Pun Of The Weak: The Longest Word

During an English lesson… Teacher: The longest English word is pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis… Little Johnny: I know a longer word than that. Teacher: Could you please tell us what it is? Little Johnny: Whatever follows “…and now a word from our sponsors…”.

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Word Chains

Here are the clues to a Word Chain: A → tail end of cat → headgear → deer → vital organ → fireside. The solution is, A → AT → HAT → HART → HEART → HEARTH. Each link in the chain … Continue reading

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Paradoxical Resolutions

An article in the September 1857 issue of Harper’s Monthly Magazine (Vol. 15) said that the editorial staff of the magazine received a letter from a Vicksburg correspondent who “assures us […] that the following resolutions were passed by the … Continue reading

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An Enigmatic Letter

Can you decipher the meaning of this letter?

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Gleanings From The Past #31

I Fell We have heard of the fall of Lucifer, and the fall of Cromwell, and the fall of Wolsey, but one of the pleasantest tumbles upon record was that of a Mr. John Fell, who, when he removed from … Continue reading

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