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Test your knowledge of the origins, evolution and oddities of the English language. Courtesy of the British Library

Hat-tip: Visual Thesaurus


Build a man a fire and he's warm for a day. Set a man on fire and he's warm for the rest of his life.
 
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It's a little out of my league, I fear. Too many Britishisms. But it certainly is enlightening. Thanks, arnie!
 
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I failed miserably!


It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society. -J. Krishnamurti
 
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Strange, I got a couple of 4/6s for the tough one, but a 3/6 for the middlin' one. Guess I'm not a Brit ...


Ceci n'est pas un seing.
 
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Yes, it is aimed four-square at the British reader.


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Clearly it is a triangular aim toward me.
 
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More of a two-sided polygon for me ...


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I was recently at a conference where we had an exercise with pieces of paper cut in shapes. One of my table mates insisted that only the ones like squares, rectangles, and circles were "geometric." The others, she said, were just shapes. I sure thought any shape was geometric, but then I wonder if she is right. Here is what the online dictionary definition is: "resembling or employing the simple rectilinear or curvilinear lines or figures used in geometry."
 
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only the ones like squares, rectangles, and circles were "geometric."

And triangles, and pentagons, and plenty of other polygons. By adding triangles to a central polygon you can also form stars, and there are plenty of other shapes that can be formed. I can understand what she meant, though I can't agree with such a restricted definition.


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Well, that makes sense. I am sure she'd include those, too. I probably was being too flexible.
 
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