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Welcome back to term 4 October 16, 2008

Posted by mataenglish in Just for fun!, Just pondering.
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It’s the end of week 1 of term 4 already… which means there are only four weeks left before exam leave…
Feels like its going to be over in the blink of an eye!

All the best for an enthusiastic, dedicated, motivated and exciting four weeks!

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Mongolian Death Worm June 16, 2007

Posted by mataenglish in Bits and Pieces, Just pondering.
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mongolian_death_worm.jpg

I know, I know, it’s got absolutely nothing to do with English, but I couldn’t resist… imagine this one turning!

See:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olgoi-Khorkhoi
http://news.mongabay.com/2005/0503-rhett_butler.html
http://paranormal.about.com/od/othercreatures/a/aa053005.htm
http://www.virtuescience.com/mongolian-death-worm.html
http://paranormal.about.com/od/ghostphotos/ig/2006-Photo-Hoax-Contest-Slides/Mongolian-Death-Worm.htm

The Worm Turns… June 16, 2007

Posted by mataenglish in Just pondering.
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Okay, here’s an interesting thought: In New Zealand [and in other places in the world] there’s an expression about a ‘turning worm’ or ‘the way the worm turns’. What’s that about? My understanding is that it refers to a twist of some kind that is unexpected, typical of things that sometimes happen in life. Isn’t it interesting how people use expressions every day with little understanding of where they come from, and in many cases what they actually mean?

So, anyone know where this particular worm comes from?

THE WORM TURNS – “Someone previously downtrodden gets his revenge; an unfavorable situation is reversed. The saying represents an evolution of the old proverb, ‘Tread on a worm and it will turn.’ The meaning was that even the most humble creature tries to counteract rough treatment. Shakespeare picked up the thought in Henry VI, Part 3, where Lord Clifford urges the king against ‘lenity and harmful pity, saying:
To whom do lions cast their gentle looks?
Not to the beast that would usurp their den.
The smallest worm will turn being trodden on,
And doves will peck in safeguard of their brood.'”
“The Dictionary of Cliches” by James Rogers (Ballantine Books, New York, 1985).

Cited on: http://www.phrases.org.uk/bulletin_board/22/messages/97.html

Hello world! June 5, 2007

Posted by mataenglish in Just pondering.
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Welcome to MATAENGLISH! This is a somewhat hazy, somewhat unstructured on-line resource, melting pot and communal hunting ground for BT’s Year 13 students finding their way through the NCEA Level 3 English course at Matamata College.