Une carte visuelle et sémantique de la langue anglaise

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Un groupe de chercheurs du Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) et de la New York University (NYU) ont créé une carte interactive de la langue anglaise en utilisant plus de 7,5 millions d'images trouvées sur internet. Ces images sont triées selon les relations sémantiques entre les mot et, selon les chercheurs, ce projet explore "la relation entre les similarités visuelles et sémantiques". Voici ce que cela donne au final : Chaque pixel de l'image est relatif à un des 53 […]

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Buckethead - Soothsayer

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Buckethead est le nom d'artiste de Brian Carroll, un guitariste multi-instrumentaliste et compositeur américain né à Huntington Beach en Californie, en 1969. Apparaissant toujours masqué, il porte un seau en carton (KFC) renversé sur la tête, d'où le surnom de «bucket». Ce shredder comptabilise au total 42 albums solo entre 1992 et 2012 (soit 20 ans) - pas mal pour un guitariste! Et ce, sans compter ses nombreuses collaborations (Praxis, Guns N' Roses) : il a composé sur plus de […]

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English Pronunciation (by G. Nolst Trenité)

English Pronunciation (by G. Nolst Trenité) photo

Si vous pouvez prononcer correctement chaque mot de ce poème alors vous parlez mieux anglais que 90% des native English speakers dans le monde. Dearest creature in creation, Study English pronunciation. I will teach you in my verse Sounds like corpse, corps, horse, and worse. I will keep you, Suzy, busy, Make your head with heat grow dizzy. Tear in eye, your dress will tear. So shall I! Oh hear my prayer. Just compare heart, beard, and heard, Dies and […]

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Newest words and phrases of 2008

It's been a while since the last vocab round-up so here goes : essential additions for the workplace and/or pub vocabulary for 2008 : SEAGULL MANAGER: A manager who flies in, makes a lot of noise, craps on everything, and then leaves. ASSMOSIS: The process by which some people seem to absorb success and advancement by kissing up to the boss rather than by working hard. SALMON DAY: The experience of spending an entire day swimming upstream only to get […]

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Newest words and phrases of 2007

The end of the year also means words additions to the dictionary. You know new words are added constantly, reflecting our use of the language - but... ever got to the front of a supermarket queue only to have a swipeout? Maybe you're more of a mouse potato who shops online or perhaps you're never far from the stores because you're wed to a WOOF. No idea what we're on about? Then swot up with this compilation of the newest […]

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Washington Post's mensa invitational

The Washington Post's Mensa Invitational once again asked readers to take any word from the dictionary, alter it by adding, subtracting, or changing one letter, and supply a new definition. Here are the winners : 1. Cashtration (n.): The act of buying a house, which renders the subject financially impotent... for an indefinite period of time. 2. Ignoranus: A person who's both stupid and an asshole. 3. Intaxication: Euphoria at getting a tax refund, which lasts until you realize it […]

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Vocab : "up"

There is a two-letter word that perhaps has more meanings than any other two-letter word, and that is "UP". It's easy to understand UP , meaning toward the sky or toward the top of the list, but when we awaken in the morning, why do we wake UP ? At a meeting, why does a topic come UP? Why do we speak UP and why are the officers UP for election and why is it UP to the secretary to […]

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