Category Archives: Language

Collins launches free dictionary site

Collins has launched a dictionary site, www.collinsdictionary.com, that will give open, free access to 220,000 dictionary entries alongside synonyms, translations, word frequency graphs and illustrative Flickr photos.

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Each result includes definitions, alternative meanings and word histories. Two million full sentence usage examples — taken from fiction, non-fiction, newspapers and magazines — help contextualise the words. Each definition has a word frequency graph, demonstrating the historical and contemporary popularity of the word over the last 500 years. The data is drawn directly from Collins’ analytical language database called the Collins Corpus and Google Ngrams, which monitors word usage in print and online sources.

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Words

Niet bij gebrek aan inspiratie maar wel bij gebrek aan tijd een mooie ode aan woorden, door The Real Group:

Words
a letter and a letter on a string
will hold forever humanity spellbound

Words
possession of the beggar and the king
everybody, everyday
you and I, we all can say

Words
regarded as a complicated tool
created by man, implicated by mankind

Words
obsession of the genius and the fool
everybody, everyday,
everywhere and everyway

Words!
Find them, you can use them
Say them, you can hear them
Write them, you can read them
Love them, fear them

Words
transmitted as we’re fitted from the start
received by all and we’re sentenced to a life with

Words
impression of the stupid and the smart
everybody, everyday
you and I, we all can say

Words
inside your head can come alive as they’re said
softly, loudly, modestly or proudly

Words
expression by the living and the dead
everybody, everyday
everywhere and everyway

Words!
Find them, you can use them
Say them, you can hear them
Write them, you can read them
Love them, fear them

Rappende steward

Hoe je die vervelende veiligheidsinstructies aan het begin van een vlucht heel wat leuker kunt maken…

This is flight 372 on SWA
The flight attendants on board serving you today
Teresa in the middle, David in the back
My name is David and I’m here to tell you that
Shortly after take-off, first things first
There’s soft drinks and coffee to quench your thirst
But if you want another kind of drink, then just holler
Alcoholic beverages will be 4 dollars
If a monster energy drink is your plan
That’ll be 3 dollars and you get the whole can
We won’t take your cash, you gotta pay with plastic
If you have a coupon then that’s fantastic
We know you’re ready to get to new places
Open up the bench, put away your suitcases
Carry-on items go under the seat
In front of you so none of you have things by your feet
If you have a seat on a row with an exit
We’re gonna talk to you, so you might as well expect it
You gotta help evacuate in case we need you
If you don’t wanna then were gonna reseat you
Before we leave, our advice is
Put away your electronic devices
Fasten your seatbelt, then put your trays up
Press the button to make the seatback raise up
Sit back, relax, have a good time
It’s almost time to go, so I’m done with the rhyme
Thank you for the fact that I wasn’t ignored
This is Southwest Airlines, welcome aboard