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Does Playful Prose Hide Trauma in Yellow Paper?

Considering that the narrative of “Novel on Yellow Paper” “resides in the play of discourse,” it is easy for the reader to lose track of what is occurring throughout the novel (Nemesvari, 32). 491 more words

Gandy Dancers

Gandy dancers: The name given to the “trackmen” on the railway.



swish: The liquor leached from oak barrels procured from distilleries (usually whiskey). The barrels were purchased ostensibly for making flower pots, but first, the custom was to fill ‘em up with distilled water and let the alcohol leach out. 69 more words


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I was carrying a loaf of bread when an older female saw me and said happily, “Oh, good! You can use that to make your boyfriend a sandwich!” 24 more words

Let's Hear It for Victorian Slang!

Courtesy of A Small Press Life and Mental Floss, life is much, much bigger than LOL, BFN or even WTF. I’ll be attempting to Do the Bear and trust I’ll not Cop a Mouse. 1,032 more words

What are you on about? And other Excellent Phrases and Words I wish I could use

The following is a small list of English words & phrases that I wish would/could catch on in the States:

(most are probably a mixture of dialect and colloquialisms…which someone of a more linguistic bent could probably distinguish the difference) 316 more words


Ten Catalan expressions you need to know

A look at Catalonia’s most colourful colloquialisms to stop you getting lost in translation next time you roam beyond the Ramblas in Barcelona. Are you baffled by the bar-room chit-chat every time you head off the tourist trail in Catalonia? 108 more words