English

Words Beginning With “STR”

The sound “str” is all about objects that are straight, or have structure: “straw” in “strawberries,” for instance, are little straight lines that align. When…

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Words Beginning With “CR”

The sound “cr” implies a narrow hole, such as a crack or crevice, or even something bigger that might hold a creature, such as…

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Words Beginning With “CL”

The sound “cl” implies two or more things that cluster together because they are very close. They might share a hinge or symmetry or…

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Words Beginning With “GR”

The sound “gr” is all about watching the growth of green things: grapes, grass, grain, which all gradually ripen, and when they reach the grocery store,…

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Words Beginning With “TH”

Words that begin with “th” are often about other people: One of the biggest holidays in the United States is Thanksgiving, and it always falls…

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Words Beginning With “SH”

There are many types of shells: eggshells, seashells, and the outer shell of beans, but all are a shelter for what is inside. “Sh!”…

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Words Beginning With “GL”

The sound “GL” has “reflection” at its root because “glacier” and “glaze” show characteristics of ice, which glows when light hits it. Icing or…

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Words Beginning With “FR”

The sound “fr” suggests fragmentation. Freckles are fragments of melanin. French fries are fractions of potato. Human fractures make one frail. A frog jumps…

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Words Beginning With “BR”

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Language operates on metaphor: The sound “Br” imparts the sense of “branch”—and the actual branch turns into practical broom or brush: a tool. Attributes…

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Words Beginning With “BL”

The sound “BL” implies a relationship with eyes: “blink” is two eyes closing and opening—“blind” is when they never reopen. The colors “blue” and…

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Letter A: From Hawk to Ox

The oldest Egyptian hieroglyphs to have been discovered were inscribed around 3200 BC, fully formed, with no clear antecedent. This is more than 5,000…

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Princesses celebrate with hidden word "princess"

Breasts, Vaginas, and Tools: Musings on the roots of our alphabet

If you want to describe something to someone, but neither of you speak the same language, drawing a picture is the simplest way to…

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Maggie Li’s Speech: When Socrates Meets Confucius

Maggie Li, whose real name is pronounced “Lee Chee” (Li Qi is the pinyin) is a friend and student of mine who came in…

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Some of my Soochow Nanotech 2013 students

Nanotech at Suda is the Best – Spring 2013

Chinese Nanotech Students sing

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Grand Tetons

太太, tt, TT, דד all mean “boobs” in Chinese/English/Hebrew

太太 = Mrs. tàitài tai4 tai4 Think about a “Mrs.” at a time of no birth control. These two “tais” represent breasts. “Tài tài”…

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