Month: September 2012
A metaphor …
This was a random anonymous quote for me from the WordPress team: “A metaphor is like a simile.” As a metaphor scholar I rather like it. But I wonder are my blogs being turned into a corpus database for their purposes?
Cinema and academic research
I have a love-hate relationship with movies. Some days I hate it to the max. The pointlessness and waste-of-time productions that consists of most films. Then some days I love it when I come across a great piece of cinema. One of my favourite films Kinema no Tenchi (The World of Cinema) is directed by…
No Egg in Eggplant
Of course there is no egg in eggplant. Apparently the name comes from a white egg-shaped variety cultivated by 18th century Europeans. More interesting is the original name ‘aubergine’ which (according to Concise Oxford Dictionary) has its roots from Arabic and therefore the route (no pun intended, again) through which it made its way into…
English is a crazy language
I am going to have a great time analysing these. There are either cognitive or historical bases for all of these I am sure.