Top 5 Facts You Didn’t Know About Romania

  This is a guest post by Marta Gajin. Romania is a “great unknown of Europe.” The harsh decades of communism past made this county struggle to keep up with the rest of Easter Europe let alone the rest of the developed world. But, through the ashes of the demolished economy risen the new Romania […]

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Ambiguous Phonetics

I see this one on a newsgroup many years ago… “Information? I need the number of the Caseway Insurance Company.” “Would you spell that, please?” “Certainly. C as in sea. A as in aye. S as in sea. E as in eye. W as in why. A as in are. Y as in you.”

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Test Your Pronunciation Skills with This “Announcer’s Test”

WQXR, a New York radio station, used to give an “Announcer’s Test” that goes like this: The old man with the flaccid face and dour expression grimaced when asked if he were conversant with zoology, mineralogy, or the culinary arts. ‘Not to be secretive,’ he said, ‘I may tell you that I’d given precedence to […]

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Mathematicians And Demagogues

Here’s a little wordplay I came up with: There’s nothing special about it though a few people who heard it though that it’s amusing.

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Pun of the Weak: Representing Numbers Without Numbers

Little Johnny somehow finished his education and is now attending a job interview. The interviewer did a background check on Johnny and he concluded that he wouldn’t want to hire him. So, he devised a test which he’s sure that Johnny would fail. “Before we can hire you, you have to pass my test,” the […]

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Chaos in English Pronunciation and Spelling

Dutch writer, poet, traveler, and teacher Gerard Nolst Trenité (1870 – 1946) wrote a remarkable poem aptly titled “The Chaos”. The poem demonstrates several of the most famous (and infamous) irregularities in English spelling and pronunciation.  Trenité managed to collect about 800 of those irregularities and versified them into this chaotic, albeit amusing poem. “The Chaos” […]

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Pun of the Weak: Wonky Donkey

Note: The following contains some parts which some readers may consider objectionable or offensive. Reader discretion is advised. Click to Show Content What do you call a donkey with one leg? A wonky donkey What do you call a donkey with one leg and one eye? A winky wonky donkey What do you call a […]

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Some of the Best Lame Analogies

A few days ago, I published a collection of strange lines from serious fiction manuscripts. This made me recalled that the Washington Post, in its Week 310 of “The Style Invitational”, ran a contest in which the participants were tasked to come up with the lamest analogy that they can. The entries were published on March […]

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From Poor to Rich: A Word Ladder Puzzle

It’s easy for a rich man to become poor, but not the other way around. Transposing POOR to RICH in a game of word ladder isn’t as simple as well as you need ten steps to accomplish that. Can you figure out the steps? (Hint: One of the words is a contraction.) (Note: In a […]

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