3. (Source: nerzhin, via americanslainte)


  4. allthingslinguistic:

    I’m on Lexicon Valley talking about the history of metrical terms and some of the differences between English and Latin/Ancient Greek. 

    I glossed over the ways that Latin poetry actually differs somewhat from Ancient Greek poetry, but if you’re looking for more, this Wikipedia article is a good place to start.

    Also, I couldn’t fit it in the article, but while writing it I discovered that apparently Hey Diddle Diddle used to be far longer and had quite a different meter. (Edit: apparently this version is actually newer and by JRR Tolkein. It’s still great though.) Here’s an excerpt, but it’s worth reading the full thing aloud: 

    Now quicker the fiddle went deedle-dum-diddle;
    the dog began to roar,
    The cow and the horses stood on their heads;
    The guests all bounded from their beds
    and danced upon the floor.

    With a ping and a pang the fiddle-strings broke!
    the cow jumped over the Moon,
    And the little dog laughed to see such fun,
    And the Saturday dish went off at a run
    with the silver Sunday spoon.

    I also found this delightful example of tap-dancing to iambic pentameter in the first 30 seconds of this clip from Love’s Labours Lost

    I’ve been writing about poetry a lot lately: there’s trochaic tetrameter and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, there’s Hey Diddle Diddle in ASL, and I have an upcoming puzzle in Schwa Fire. The full solution will be up next week for subscribers, but in the meantime you can try to answer it yourself to win a subscription. (Or get a subscription, if you can: Schwa Fire is pretty cool, and subscribing lets them pay contributors like me!) 

  5. good:

    Me No Want Cookie!

    (via good)


  6. "The Writing Centre seems legit."
    —  student feedback
  7. OCTOBER was a beautiful month at Green Gables, when the birches in the hollow turned as golden as sunshine and the maples behind the orchard were royal crimson and the wild cherry trees along the lane put on the loveliest shades of dark red and bronzy green, while the fields sunned themselves in aftermaths.

    ~~ Anne of Green Gables


  8. The Stranger by William Henry Margetson (1861-1940)

    oil on canvas, 1902

    (Source: paintingses, via jaded-mandarin)


  10. lorrainecink:


    The Dick Van Dyke Show S2E8

    The process.


    (Source: ohrobbybaby, via bookoisseur)

  11. kqedscience:

    We’ve never called a photo of a spider “adorable” before, so this is a first!

    This photo of a jumping spider carrying her baby was taken by Jong Atmosfera.

    (via sciencenetlinks)

  12. thegetty:

    Flat, clear vessels with broad areas of smooth glass were made in the 1500s to accommodate demand for enabled decoration.

    This is over a foot tall, and was made to hold beer for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It was also shared on festive occasions, and noted humanist Erasmus gives this advice to his readers in On Good Manners for Boys:

    "Chew your food before you drink and do not raise the cup to your lips without first wiping them with a napkin or cloth, especially if someone offers you his cup when drinking from a common cup."

    Wise man.

    Beaker with the Arms of Puchner (Stangenglas), 1587, Unknown. J. Paul Getty Museum.


  14. shouldnt:

    Ariana Grande sounds like a font on Microsoft Word

    (via rena-librarian)