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Archive for March, 2020

It’s time for spring cleaning! Posted by on Mar 31, 2020

Spring has come, readers! But along with it, the rise of one of the biggest pandemics in recent history, the coronavirus, a disease better known as CoVid-19. Drastic measures are being taken worldwide to curb its spread, one of the main and most effective ones being self-isolation, which means spending the majority of your time…

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Cabin Fever Posted by on Mar 26, 2020

Do you have cabin fever yet? It’s an English language phrase of American origin, expressing a feeling of restless anxiety and boredom from being indoors for a prolonged period of time. It is also something that you may soon be experiencing. Literally billions of people all over the world are finding themselves in self-isolation, or…

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English Words in the News: Coronavirus Edition Posted by on Mar 19, 2020

How’s your week going? The world, it seems, is having a singular experience. That is to say, we’ve never seen anything like this before. Before anyone argues that the so-called Spanish Flu epidemic of 1918, or the events surrounding 9/11, were similar, let me stop you right there. The world is far more interconnected than…

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English Songs to Sing While Washing Your Hands Posted by on Mar 12, 2020

Suddenly everybody is becoming very conscious of properly washing your hands. You’d think that, until very recently, handwashing was an afterthought. Did people think those signs in public washrooms that read, “Employees MUST wash hands before returning to work!” did not apply to the rest of us? Folks are also hoarding toilet paper like they’ve…

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“The Chaos” of the English Tongue Posted by on Mar 5, 2020

If you’ve ever scratched your head at the bizarre pronunciation practices of English speakers, then this poem is for you! It’s called “The Chaos”, and was originally written by Dutch traveler, linguist, and teacher Dr. Gerard Nolst Trenité (also known by the pseudonym Charivarius), and published in a 1920 textbook Drop Your Foreign Accent: engelsche…

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