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Il Paroliere: Italian Word of the Week-52

‘Elucubrare pallido e assorto
Presso un rovente muro d’orto…’

Montale didn’t write exactly that first line. But if he had, Luciana would be able to explain to us what his protagonist was doing in that kitchen garden in high summer, stepping over the piles of cuttlefish bones and staring gloomily at the shards of glass embedded along the top of the wall ……

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Youth from across Canada gather in Gatineau for francophone games

C’est magnifique: From Wednesday until Sunday, Gatineau is host to Les Jeux de la francophonie canadienne, one of the country’s biggest regular gatherings of francophone youth. 226 more words

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Young orchestra delivers rousing rendition of Ravel

Music and Beyond Day 7: Orchestre de la Francophonie
Jean-Philippe Tremblay, conductor with Jimmy Briere, piano
Southam Hall, National Arts Centre
Reviewed Friday at 7:30 p.m. 423 more words


Il Paroliere: Italian Word of the Week-51

Siamo in epoca tardo-imperiale, in un accampamento militare romano posto lungo il confine con quei barbari che si stanno già allenando in attesa (lunga) di diventare campioni mondiali di football. 52 more words

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Language Life After Life

The current estimated population of Estonia is 1,315,819, of whom about one third (about 439,000) live in the capital, Tallinn. The weekend of 4–6 July 2014 saw the celebration of the… 1,084 more words


Il Paroliere: Italian Word of the Week-50

‘Accademitudine': neologismo di origine incerta e di significato plurimo. Si sospetta che il coniatore fosse un professore di provincia, noto come EB, che in seguito ad un ennesimo intervento stranoioso di un collega al consiglio di facoltà l’inventò per riassumere quello che lui chiamava ‘toute l’amertume de l’existence académique’. 47 more words

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A more delectable dictionary

Imagine a cookbook that only gave the ingredients for each recipe, with no instructions on how to put them together. Many dictionaries are like that: nothing but bare-bones denotative definitions for the words. 1,151 more words

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