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7 Delightful Forgotten English Words

If you're looking to boost your Scrabble game or make your friends feel like blunkerkins, you might want to check out <i>The Horologicon</i>, language- obsessed blogger Mark Forsyth's witty compendium of words long forgotten by most speakers of English.<p><b>1. Snollygoster</b><p><i>noun</i> [<b>snol</b>·ee·gos·ter]<p>A shrewd, …

59 Quick Slang Phrases From The 1920s We Should Start Using Again

<b>Get ready to “know your onions,” readers.</b> If you’ve ever wanted to talk like characters from an old movie or the folks from <i>The Great Gatsby</i>, now’s …

34 Profound Excerpts From Classic Literature That Will Change Your Day

By Charlie Shaw,<p>Comment<br>• FlagFlagged<br>• http://tcat.tc/1eMITuy<p>34 Redditors share the most memorable and inspiring excerpts in literature. Found on …

40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World

If you’re a visual learner like myself, then you know maps, charts and infographics can really help bring data and information to life. Maps can make …

T. S. Eliot on Idea Incubation, Inhibition, and the Mystical Quality of Creativity, Plus a Rare Reading

In this passage from <b>The Use of Poetry and the Use of Criticism</b> (<i>public library</i>), cited in the 1942 gem <i>Anatomy of Inspiration</i>, celebrated poet, playwright, and cultural critic T. S. Eliot adds to previously explored theories of how creativity works by taking a curious look at how physical illness …

Shapeshifters: phones of the future could morph on demand

Download an app, transform your handset<p>Scientists in Europe have developed prototype devices that could drastically change the way we interact with our smartphones and tablets. The six working prototypes, known as "Morphees," are thin, electronic displays capable of automatically changing shape to …

How do you invent a language?

MORE than 5m people now hear a few words in Dothraki or Valyrian, the fabricated languages spoken in the television series “Game of Thrones”, each …