Xah's Belles-lettres Blog Archive 2015-01 to 2015-03
hi, i heard you failed in English?
WHO telled you? it is unpossible. I sawed the result yesterday, i passed away.
bye, god blast u.
How the Steel Was Tempered
Nikolai Alexeevich Ostrovsky (Russian: Николай Алексеевич Островский; 1904 – 1936) was a Soviet socialist realist writer. He is best known for his renowned novel 〈How the Steel Was Tempered〉 on the Russian Civil War, when he is paralyzed and blind.
from Nikolai Ostrovsky
〔 On Writing — A Memoir of the Craft By Stephen King. Buy at amazon〕
〔 On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction By William Zinsser. Buy at amazon〕
garments, rent, timidity, incensed, assuage, imploring, impious, parricide, affinity, resentment. Words in: Art: The Rape of the Sabine Women
〔 Why Is Academic Writing So Academic? By Joshua Rothman. At http://www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/why-is-academic-writing-so-academic〕
etymology of “imbecile”
imbecile «1540s, imbecille “weak, feeble” (especially in reference to the body), from Middle French imbecile (15c.), from Latin imbecillus “weak, feeble” (see imbecility). Sense shifted to mental weakness from mid-18c. As a noun, “feeble-minded person,” it is attested from 1802. Traditionally an adult with a mental age of roughly 6 to 9 (above an idiot but beneath a moron).»