Meaning. The Montillation of Traxoline
Traxoline is a new form of zionter. It is montilled in Ceristanna. Ceristannians gristeriate large amounts of fevon and bracter it into quasel traxoline. Traxoline may well be one of our most lukized snezlaus in the future because of our zionter lescelidge.
1) Without thinking too much about it, write a figure down for each of the following:
2) In groups of four.
3) Why do we use vague language?
1) What two different meanings could each of the following sentences mean?
2) Write five similarly ambiguous sentences.
3) Many jokes are based on ambiguity. Can you think of any?
1) When Bill was president, Hillary wanted to be known as ‘Presidential Partner’ rather than ‘First Lady’. Why?
2) What would be a good title for Bill if Hillary ever became president?
3) What are the different connotations of each of the following sets of words?
4) Find words or expressions with similar meanings for each of the following. What is the difference in their connotations?
My brother is a butcher / My dentist is a butcher / My butcher is an artist
1) Explain the difference between the following two sentences. Is either of them true? If so, in what sense?
2) Take an article from this week's The Economist. Identify as many metaphors in it as you can. Try to replace the metaphors with straightforward language.
'Any more bright ideas, Einstein?' as your friend makes a stupid suggestion.
1) Write 5 more examples of irony.
1) Try translating these English idioms into another language:
2) Think of four other English idioms and try translating them.
3) Do you know any interesting idioms in languages other than English? What would be a literal translation, but what do they really mean?
4) What kinds of text do you think are easiest to translate from one language into another? What kinds of text do you think are the most difficult? Why?
5) What would be the advantages/disadvantages of having just one ‘world language’?
The words we use sometimes affect the ways we see and think about he world.
What predictions/assumptions can you make based on the following labels?
How many different ways could you group together two or more of the following? In each case, what criterion of commonality are you using?
a) book b) cake c) car d) pig
e) cow f) pencil g) snake h) paint
a) Americans b) Feminists c) Muslims
d) Lawyers e) Buddhists f) Scientists
g) Environmentalists h) Computer hackers
2) Which of the following pairs of sentences sounds normal, and which sounds odd?
3) In your culture, which of the following adjectives are associated more with men and which are associated more with women?
a) Emotional b) Reckless c) Active
d) Cautious e) Sensitive f) Tough
g) Affectionate h) Aggressive i) Intuitive
How much truth do you think there is in these stereotypes?