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Let’s Talk About a Stick Posted by on Jan 6, 2022

Stick is an English word that can be both a noun and a verb. As a noun, it can be, as the image above implies, a dog’s toy that was once a part of a tree. It can also be another name for a billiard cue, a golf club, a baseball bat, a car’s gear…

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What is a Limerick? Posted by on Aug 15, 2016

How about a little light verse? We compose certain rhymes just for fun. Some that won’t be too sad, sober, or glum. We just want to demonstrate wit, With meaning that isn’t worth spit. And so now that it’s writ, I’m done! That was a limerick. It is one of the most basic examples…

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Remembering Shakespeare Posted by on Jun 7, 2016

This year marks the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death and the English-speaking world is remembering this amazing author in many ways. Although there is some debate about who the man William Shakespeare actually was, most people know him as one of the greatest English poets, playwrights (a person who writes plays), and actors that ever…

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Understanding Shakespeare Posted by on Mar 18, 2012

The English language has changed a great deal in the last 400 years and, as I am sure you know, it is still changing.  In 400 years from now English speakers will look back and likely have difficulty understand today’s English as much as we have trouble understanding the English of Shakespeare’s time.  Yet, we…

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Who is Shakespeare? Posted by on Mar 16, 2012

This is a very good question indeed; who is William Shakespeare?  Some historians do not believe the writer we know of as Shakespeare truly wrote all of the works that are attributed to him or that he lived the life we ascribe* to him, but since some of these facts are still debated I will…

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March 15th: The Ides of March Posted by on Mar 15, 2012

The day, March 15th, which is today, is known as the “ides of March.”  In fact the fifteenth of any month is considered “the ides” of that month as “ides” is a word that  means the day that is the middle of the month.  This word comes from the Latin word “Idus” which means “half…

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