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Let’s face it - English is a crazy language. There is no egg in eggplant nor ham in hamburger; neither apple nor pine in pineapple. English muffins weren’t invented in England or French fries in France. Sweetmeats are candies while sweetbreads, which aren’t sweet, are meat. We take English for granted. But if we explore its paradoxes, we find that quicksand can work slowly, boxing rings are square and a guinea pig is neither from Guinea nor is it a pig.

And why is it that writers write but fingers don’t fing, grocers don’t groce and hammers don’t ham? If the plural of tooth is teeth, why isn’t the plural of booth beeth? One goose, 2 geese. So one moose, 2 meese? One index, 2 indices? Doesn’t it seem crazy that you can make amends but not one amend? If you have a bunch of odds and ends and get rid of all but one of them, what do you call it?

If teachers taught, why didn’t preachers praught? If a vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat? In what language do people recite at a play and play at a recital? Ship by truck and send cargo by ship? Have noses that run and feet that smell? How can a slim chance and a fat chance be the same, while a wise man and a wise guy are opposites?

You have to marvel at the unique lunacy of a language in which your house can burn up as it burns down, in which you fill in a form by filling it out and in which an alarm goes off by going on. English was invented by people, not computers, and it reflects the creativity of the human race (which, of course, isn’t a race at all). That is why, when the stars are out, they are visible, but when the lights are out, they are invisible.

invisible. (via amargedom)

(Source: -sorry)

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Danny O’Connor is an artist from Liverpool, UK. His work is a celebration of contrasts focusing mainly on portraits and figures with a prevalence of opposing artistic influences.

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The art of Duma

Duma was born in Lisbon, she lives and works in Lisbon, Portugal. Duma ‘s work focuses primarily on female figure, depicting various facets in a typically enigmatic and anonymous way. Without the surrounding environment, the viewer is led to imagine a story for each character. The idea is to show that we do not really get to know anyone deeply, not even ourselves. There is always an unknown part of the whole. Duma ‘s characters are full of glamour, innocent but provocative, frail but also strong, dichotomies present in female but also human behaviour in general.

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Philip Munoz lives and works in Bristol. He graduated in Biochemistry from the University of Bristol in 2002, an unusual path for such a talented self-taught painter, whose work is centered on the notion of glamour and its role in social identity.

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Emma Leonard  is a Melbourne based illustrator who likes to create carefully considered renderings of delicate femininity, fragility and ethereal beauty.

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ADTR lover. They’re my favourite band and forever will be. Ahhh. 

ADTR lover. They’re my favourite band and forever will be. Ahhh.