Emoji thesis

January 30, 2018

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Evolution of Emoticons/Emoji and their Functions in Digital Communications  Vývoj Emotikonů/Emoji a jejich funkce v digitální komunikaci Author’s note: This thesis was written in correlation with my studies at Jan Evangelista Purkyně University in Ústí nad Labem. For some reasons, my work is not visible to the public, so I decided to leave the link […]

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Cactus’ monologue

October 18, 2015

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Why have I grown as a cactus? Why am I not an oak, or a bonsai tree? Then I could possess a strong trunk with a rich treetop full of green leaves. They seem so graceful and invincible in the wind. How to tell if a plant is more beautiful than another? Perhaps, it’s a number of blooms […]

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Peculiar origin of words

June 24, 2014

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TRAGEDY –  it’s still not clear why tragedy means “goat song” in Greek. One theory suggests that goats used to serve as a prize or a sacrifice for the plays; which makes me wonder, what does goat song sound like? Probably very sadly, at least for all those goats. GOVERNMENT – there is a sinister mood lying in this word. The word is derived from Greek words […]

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By which means?

June 19, 2014

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by all means Without hesitation, surely, absolutely. X: Can you make me a sandwich? I haven’t eaten in days. Y: By all means. How would you like it? by no means In no sense, certainly not, big no. X: Can you make me a sandwich? I’m famished. Y: Who do you think I am? I’m by […]

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Nonsensically funny words

May 3, 2014

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What do these words have in common? Well, they look like nonsense and they mean a nonsense. English indeed is quite a playful language. How about you? Do you speak double Dutch? blatherskite hokum hogwash hooey poppycock balderdash codswallop flibbertigibbet gobbledygook kerfuffle jabberwocky schmegegge tarradiddle tommyrot twaddle gibberish cobblers phooey crock codswallop fiddle-faddle piffle balooney tosh […]

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John Locke’s Essay

April 26, 2014

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The motivation for writing an essay on John Locke’s voluminous book An Essay Concerning Human Understanding, first published in 1690, comes from my positive attitude towards philosophy, albeit in passive rather than active manner. I do not think we should read classic literature from such figures as Plato, Aristotle and so on, in order to […]

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Essay on linguistic imperialism

April 25, 2014

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It’s difficult to conceptualize the term “linguistic imperialism” without omitting the English language. In fact, English plays a significant (if not the most important) role in the international sphere. How it is possible that language – initially suppressed in its own country, became a global language in less than four hundred years? We should at […]

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Data is or data are?

April 18, 2014

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I suppose we all can (to some extent) count, right? But for some words it’s hard to tell. So, let’s see how to make heads or tails of it. data is or data are this word is quite tricky, and it depends on how you look at it. It’s natural to imagine data as a whole sum of information, that’s […]

Space or room?

March 8, 2014

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What is space and what is room? Should we say enough space or enough room? Let‘s find out. The word space could be used figuratively. We can also think of it as a boundless area, an entity that surrounds us. It has no limits and it‘s everything. Space is made of matter, dark matter and dark […]

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A few and few…Phew!

February 23, 2014

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Think of buying some food. If you fell short of a change, it would be helpful if someone lent you a few pennies, so you didn’t have to use the cash machine, but if you are going to do a shopping for weekend, few pennies won’t be enough. Get it? A few – not much, […]

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Phrases of agreement

June 8, 2013

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How to agree with someone? I hope you agree that “yes” isn’t the only option to do so! 1) If your friend asked you whether you’d like to join him or her on an adventurous trip to Amazonia, you can say… I agree O.K sure certainly of course aye fine I’m fine with it natch! yep […]

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Unflattering weird words

June 6, 2013

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In order not to make fools of ourselves, we should use words carefully. For some words, it doesn’t matter since nobody probably knows them.) anomia: unable to remember names agraphia: inability to write alexia: inability to read allantoid: shaped like a sausage amicicide: murder of a friend anodontia: toothless anthropophagous: eating humans boeotian: not very […]

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I wish I were or I was?

April 24, 2013

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If English is your second language, I suppose you might at least once hesitate whether to use were or was. There are just few things to remember and once you learn it, it becomes as easy as ABC! Were (the past tense of to be) is linked to plural pronouns (they, we or you) and […]

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Any versus every

March 31, 2013

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I’m there for you any time. But every time I come over, you are not there. Well, does it confuse you, too? every time – a regular action (routine or a habit) – I get nervous every time I lose a train ticket. any time – no matter when it happens (whenever) – I can […]

Linking words: Furthermore, moreover

March 27, 2013

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In order to improve your fluency in writing or speaking, linking words comes handy. This time, we will be talking about furthermore and moreover, both are usually used in formal English unlike besides or except. furthermore – is more like “anyway” or “besides”, you intend to introduce a new point. E: He is smart, witty […]

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Other ways of saying “angry”

March 14, 2013

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There are so many words for describing someone’s anger that can really gets one’s goats! It ticks me off Don’t vex me It makes me angry It makes me furious You drive me mad It browns me off It really annoys me It’s driving me bonkers This bothers me I’m shirty I was wrathful It’s so […]

Words which seem like a nonsense

March 1, 2013

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Following selection of words might seem like a typos orchestra, but in the fact, they made it into a dictionary. floccinaucinihilipilification: estimation that something is valueless. rastaquouere: a social climber. crwth: a “strange” musical instrument. syzygy: two related things, either alike or opposite. kakorrhaphiophobia: fear of failure. quockerwodger: a rare 19th century word for a […]

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Misleading words

February 22, 2013

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Words which mean something else than you might think. bibble: the most favored and the most read book ever? No, it’s just a verb for keen and noisy drinkers. (Not only alcoholic ones.) winklepicker: sea animal hunter or miraculous wrinkle cream? No, it’s a style of shoes with a sharp and long pointed toe. avocation: […]

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We can or we are able to?

February 7, 2013

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Can express general ability. We use “can” to refer to the five senses such as to see, hear, smell, feel and taste. Words which describe thinking process: guess, understand, believe or decide are used with “can” or “could” as well. E: As long as we are young, we can do anything and having nothing to lose. E: […]

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When and if

February 3, 2013

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When to use “if” or “when”, if you are not sure? When is used in situation when something is certain and you know it will happen. E: I’ll tell my mother I won’t steal anymore, when I come back from the prison. use if, when you aren’t sure about something. E: If find a true love, I will give […]

How much?

December 14, 2012

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there are a hell of lot of bullets

Isn’t using “much” enough for you? I’m glad to inform you that English has many words (which describes large amounts) in store! E: It’s a hell of lot of bullets. Noun: a lot of lots of slew plenty mass sum tons hatful heap pile loads mountain pyramid pot dozens oodles (most of these words are […]

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Fewer and less

December 4, 2012

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Less and fewer are two varieties of one meaning, which describes small amounts of things. Remember that small can make a big difference. If you can’t count a single component of something (a noun) you use less, for instance you can’t count flour, coffee, food, health, even money. E: I think there is less money […]

I don’t know him from Adam

November 11, 2012

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~ Not know someone from Adam means having no idea who the certain person is. The idiom is usually used to refer masculine gender. E: Where am I and who is it? I don’t know him from Adam. He is your elder son and you are in the hospital right now. E: Have you ever […]

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In spite of, despite, although

November 7, 2012

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In spite of and despite are preposition and therefore are used with a noun. Both words are almost the same except their position in a sentence. Although is used with clause and unlike afore-mentioned, is a conjunction. E: Despite lacking of money, we are going to have Christmas like anyone else. E: We were having such a great time in the restaurant, in spite of food poisoning in the next […]

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Besides vs. except

October 29, 2012

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Besides and except seems to have the same meaning at first, but there is a slight difference you should be aware of, just in case not to be an exception in your class.) + For besides you add something in addition. – For except you (minus) take something away. E: I’m not that picky, in fact I like all women […]

Are you hungry?

October 27, 2012

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If you are not, you can take a look at these words and phrases that indicate hunger. After reading this post, you might feel like eating something. I am starving I am famished My stomach’s growling I could eat for three My belly is touching my back I’m ravenous I’m as hungry as beasts I’m so hungry […]

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“Vacuous”

October 20, 2012

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Smart people use “vacuous” to describe something that contains nothing but air, something not worth noticing and stupid. ~ Synonym/ dumb, dull, mindless, empty ~ Adjective E: Stop reading these vacuous books about vampires,  it’s useless for you. Find a boyfriend instead. Vacuous in the book /Love of Life and other stories, Jack London “To cook by […]

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British and American W’s

October 19, 2012

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The reason why British and American spelling went apart is due to a culture distinction between countries, and the aim of setting up a new language for the upcoming generation during the times of American colonization. The man behind some changes in American spelling was a lexicographer Noah Webster. He was responsible for dropping “u” in color and humor and “e” in theater and he changed […]

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Book idioms

October 11, 2012

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Bookworm Usually the smartest guy in your class (a nerd). Someone who likes reading and polishing his glasses more than partying. Hit the books When you hit the books, you realize that it’s time to stop watching TV and start studying harder. Crack a book Often use with a negative. In other words: to open […]

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“Dreamboat”

October 2, 2012

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~ Old-fashioned way to describe someone extraordinary attractive. ~ Synonym/ dream man, dream woman, perfect (one). ~ Noun E: I have a serious crush on Obama; he is such a dreamboat. Dreamboat in article (guardian.co.uk) Jane Campion’s Bright Star went further: Ben Whishaw’s John Keats was the Romantic poet as dreamboat new man – great with kids, fond of […]

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