The queen of modern slang: Jane Austen is revealed to have coined phrases we use everyday
"Shut up, dirt cheap and dog-tired would roll off the tongue of any Tom, Dick or Harry today.
But you wouldn’t have expected them to flow from the pen of genteel Jane Austen.
Now the increasing influence of Austen on contemporary English has been highlighted.
Oxford professor Charlotte Brewer told the Hay Festival in Hay-on-Wye that while Austen had a great influence on the first Oxford English Dictionary published in 1928, she is quoted 1,640 times in the most recent edition.
Entries include 321 phrases from her 1815 novel Emma, which includes ‘dinner-party’ and ‘brace yourself’.
She also came up with ‘if I’ve told you once, I’ve told you 100 times’.”
by Maria Popova
“A letter should be regarded not merely as a medium for the communication of intelligence, but also as a work of art.”
As a lover of old letters, I have a special soft spot for the lost art of letter-writing — an art robbed of romance and even basic courtesy in the age of rapid-fire, efficiency-obsessed, typed-with-one-thumb-on-a-tiny-keyboard communication. So I was utterly delighted to discover a rare and remarkable little book titled How To Write Letters.
At once delightfully dated in many of its cultural assumptions — particularly the epistolary norms for the sexes — and charmingly urbane in its practical prescriptions, this tiny treasure tells us as much about the long-lost era of its origin as it does about the standards we’ve chosen, and chosen to leave behind, in our own. Above all, it reminds us that sentiment lives not only in what is being communicated but also in how it is being communicated — an osmosis all the more important today, when cold screens and electronic text have left the written word homogenized and devoid of expressive form.”
(For more of this article and information about the book, click here.)
I went on between hawthorn hedges until I came to an arched bridge over the little stream of Sark. At the far end of the bridge was a metal post which held a yellow disc bearing, most dramatically, one word – ‘Scotland’. I paused there. How happy I was to stand once again on the hospitable doorstep of Scotland! A few yards and I would be over the threshold. I got out and sat on Sark Bridge, watching with amazement how many people dash over the frontier without a thought. ‘Scotland’ declared the metal post; and in that word were stored up for me all kinds of new adventures and experiences. It was good to be back…
I know this feeling so well, “…watching with amazement how many people dash over the frontier without a thought. ’Scotland’ declared the metal post; and in that word were stored up for me…” all kinds of memories of adventures and loves both lost and gained, of triumph and failure and a land never tamed. It will be good to be back… (adialogue)
A short story before bed for grown ups.
Everybody likes a bedtime story - how about one that keeps you awake? Read “Haunted Bedtime Stories,” and you’ll be on the edge of your bed, compulsively turning the pages.
"In relation to depression and anxiety, weather did not appear to influence these states. One only has to study the incidence of SAD (Seasonally Affective Disorder) in the wintertime, to understand the impact that lack of light, less exercise and decreased time outdoors has on mood."
© S. Marian, Aug. 7, 2012
An extract from “It Influences Us, Weather - You Like It Or Not,” to be found on “A View From Outside the Box,” url: adialogue. Is the weather getting you down? Read this piece to find out why.
"Humidity, temperature and hours of sunshine had the greatest effect on mood. High levels of humidity lowered scores on concentration while increasing reports of sleepiness… Also, as the number of hours of sunshine increased, optimism scores also increased." (Howarth and Hoffman, 1984)
© S. Marian, Aug. 7, 2012
An extract from “It Influences Us, Weather - You Like It Or Not,” to be found on “A View From Outside the Box,” url: adialogue. Has the weather been grinding you down, feeling out of sorts? Read this piece to shed some light as to why.
(“Mr. Blue Sky,” Electric Light Orchestra)
"The temperature has been on the high side for my region, around 31°c and quite humid. Despite this, others seem to be coping better. Coming from Scotland, I’m not convinced I’ve adapted yet - what the Scottish would call having ‘thick blood.’ Whatever the reason, I have been floored by the heat and humidity, had difficulty thinking, writing and sleeping. The air cleared today, the pressure lowered with the temperature and bliss, pure bliss to be able to function again."
© S. Marian, Aug. 7, 2012
An extract from a piece to be posted tomorrow titled, “It Influences Us, Weather - You Like It Or Not,” to be found on “A View From Outside the Box,” url: adialogue. If the weather’s been grinding you down, you’re not alone. Have a read and discover what the world of science has to say. Find out what place weather has in literature and why the British love to talk about it.
ghostofthewind said: My fav place to just walk, feel history is Queens Walk in London. Its on the Thamas River and you can walk through history. From today to a thousand years ago in a nice long walk. Good morning off for a coffee.
Thank you ‘ghostofthewind’ for answering my invitation to tell me about your favourite place and what you love about it. Let’s hear from some more of you.
About the Queen’s Walk: It starts at Westminster Bridge on the south bank of the Thames and it goes something like this > Westminster Bridge → South Bank Lion → County Hall (London Sea Life Aquarium) → London Eye → South Bank Centre (Royal Festival Hall, Hayward Gallery, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Rooms, Poetry Library) → National Theatre→ National Film Institute → Tate Modern → Gabriel’s Wharf → OXO Tower and Centre → Shakespeare’s Globe → Millennium Bridge → St Paul’s Cathedral