Friday, 30 November 2012

New Café on the Block

Statiscs say the following about the Romanians.

"As for their leisure time activities, 81.5% never goes to theatre, 77.1% states that going to cinema is not a habit for them, meanwhile 48% goes out in discos on regular basis. 39% never reads books and 41% does not practice any sport. Seems like the only constant activity is watching television, as 63% declared." Source (2007):

The above figures have been changing dramatically in the past years. The capital city offers a generous list of attractions for theatre-goers, book-hunters, music lovers or for social interaction.

Good news. A new cafe to open in Bucharest! Excellent news for bloggers. The man behind the idea is Victor Catalin. I've never met him and probably, never will.
Still, it seems I've known him for ages. Immediately after I had created this blog for young English students, in March 2010, I found out about ToateBlogurile portal and registerd my blog. The young, restless man never ceased to amaze me.

Producing projects seems to be have been written in his job description: (Portal), (Ziarul Toate Blogurile), (Comunitate de presa pentru bloggeri),  (Program de afiliere) and last but not least, Cafeneaua bloggerilor. Not only does he have projects, he also fulfil them all.

Congratulations Catalin and best of luck!

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Romania's National Holiday

Fii sincer: ce inseamna 1 decembrie pentru tine? If you are Romanian, have you ever asked yourself this question? If you live abroad you must have strong feelings for Romania and I applaud you for this.

Whoever you are, wherever you live in the Global Village, please read this post in Romanian or enjoy some of Romania's most beautiful places through a photo tour.

Happy National Day!

Sunday, 4 November 2012

Mondays with Crazy English

Learning English is fun. I've given you plenty of examples. Here's another one: spoonerisms. They are slips of the tongue due to inattention, insufficient knowledge or a deliberate play on words.

This tendency to switch consonants and vowels is manifest with little kids, but adults are also prone to this impediment. This tendency was named after the Reverend William Archibald Spooner  who was famous for this tendency. According to Wikipedia the following examples are attributed to him:
  • "Three cheers for our queer old dean!" (dear old queen, referring to Queen Victoria)
  • "Is it kisstomary to cuss the bride?" (customary to kiss)
  • "The Lord is a shoving leopard." (a loving shepherd)
  • "A blushing crow." (crushing blow)
  • "A well-boiled icicle" (well-oiled bicycle)
  • "You were fighting a liar in the quadrangle." (lighting a fire)
  • "Is the bean dizzy?" (Dean busy)
  • "Someone is occupewing my pie. Please sew me to another sheet." (occupying my me to another seat)
  • "You have hissed all my mystery lectures. You have tasted a whole worm. Please leave Oxford on the next town drain." (missed...history, wasted...term, down train)[6]
A newspaper column[2] attributes this additional example to Spooner: "A nosey little cook." (cozy little nook).

The English language develops and if we have a spoon(erism), why can't we have a fork(erism) and knif(erism). They are usually known as nonce words (words that are not excepted to occur twice. 

"Honorificabilitudinitatibus" is such an example and was used by Shakespeare in his works.