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Peacocking and Weaseling


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Peacocking and weaseling may sound like strange terms when we’re talking about writing, but they should be understood if you’re on a quest to become a better writer.

Peacock and weasel terms are difficult to avoid, but once you learn what they are, and why they should be avoided, you’ll be able to spot them in your own writing.

PEACOCK TERMS

Peacock terms promote a subject without providing attribution and they are often used to grab a reader’s attention, but typically reflect an unqualified opinion.

Examples:

  • one of the most important
  • one of the best
  • the indisputable
  • outstanding
  • among the most notable

WEASEL TERMS

Like peacock terms, weasel words and phrases aim to create an impression that the writer wrote something meaningful and specific, when in fact only vague, general, and ambiguous information was claimed.

Weasel terms tend to promote the thought that something is widely accepted, whether it is or isn’t. Weasels are clever and guile mammals — so are weasel words. In fact, weasels are so sneaky, that their often mistaken for a rodent, rather than a mammal.

Examples:

  • Studies show… (What studies?)
  • Some argue…(Who argues?)
  • Critics say…(Ok, what critics?)
  • Is considered by many… (Great, but who?)

Peacock and weasel terms are difficult to avoid, but once you learn what they are, and why they should be avoided, you’ll be able to spot them in your own writing.

Read more at http://www.writeraccess.com/blog/avoiding-peacock-and-weasel-terms/

Peacock: O-H  M-Y  G-O-D!! See how your fur shines, it is as though you’ve diamonds embedded onto your body!

Weasel: Yeah~ I get that a lot from many other animals too…

Have fun reading!!

Till then,

Cheers & TTFN~ 😀

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Trans-Cycle!


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farthing was a coin of England, Great Britain, and finally of the United Kingdom, worth one quarter of a penny, 1/960 of a pound sterling.

Such coins were first minted in England in the 13th century, and continued to be used until 31 December 1960, when they ceased to be legal tender.

These old British Penny and Farthing (quarter penny) coins had inspired the name of the Penny-Farthing bicycle.

The penny-farthing (also known as High Wheel, High Wheeler and Ordinary), the first machine to be called ‘a bicycle’, is a term used to describe a type of bicycle with a large front wheel and a much smaller rear wheel, popular after the boneshaker, until the development of the safety bicycle, in the 1880s.

An important and unfortunate attribute of the penny-farthing is that the rider sits high and nearly over the front axle.  To stop, the rider presses back on the pedals while applying a spoon-shaped brake pressing the tire. When the wheel strikes rocks and ruts, or under hard braking, the rider can be pitched forward off the bicycle head-first, called “taking a header” or simply “a header”.

Two new developments changed this situation, and led to the rise of the Safety bicycle. The first was the chain drive, originally used on tricycles, allowing a gear ratio to be chosen independent of the wheel size. The second was the pneumatic bicycle tire, allowing smaller wheels to provide a smooth ride.

Although the trend was short-lived, the penny-farthing became a symbol of the late Victorian era. Its popularity also coincided with the birth of cycling as a sport.

Read more at

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Farthing_(British_coin) 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Penny-farthing

Coin 1:  P-E-N-N-Y!!!

Coin 2: F-A-R-T-H-I-N-G!!! 

Coin 1 & Coin 2: ~ T-R-A-N-S-F-O-R-M ~

*Poof*

Penny Farthing: We are the ‘TRANS-CYCLE’ !!! Yeah!

Have fun reading!

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When The Wise One Meets The Proud One


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A WISE OLD OWL

A wise old owl lived in an oak

The more he saw the less he spoke

The less he spoke the more he heard.

Why can’t we all be like that wise old bird?

Owls are one of the oldest species of vertebrate animal in existence, fossils have been found dating back 60 million years, showing the bird to have changed very little in that time and they are one of the few birds that have been found in prehistoric cave paintings.

In ancient Greece, owls were often seen as a symbol of good fortune. The idea of the ‘wise old owl‘ may have come into being from the association of the Little Owl with the Greek goddess of wisdom, Athene.

In contrast, the Romans saw owls as omens of impending disaster.

Hearing the hoot of an owl indicated an imminent death, it is thought that the deaths of many famous Romans was predicted by the hoot of an owl, including Julius Caesar, Augustus & Agrippa.

To ward off the evil caused by an owl, it was believed that the offending owl should be killed & nailed to the door of the affected house.

In India, there were beliefs about events predicted by the number of owl hoots:

  • 1 time = impending death
  • 2 times = success in imminent venture
  • 3 times = woman will be married into the family
  • 4 times = disturbance
  • 5 times = imminent travel
  • 6 times = guests arriving
  • 7 times = mental distress
  • 8 times = sudden death
  • 9 times = good fortune

٩(͡๏̯͡๏)۶ 10 TIMES=  THE OWL IS VERY VERY VERY HUNGRY!!! ٩(͡๏̯͡๏)۶

(can’t help but to add in this for fun…lol…)

Read more at: http://www.pauldfrost.co.uk/intro_o2.html

A Wise Owl: I am not a proud bird.

A Proud Peacock: It is good to stay humble.

A Wise Owl: Yeah…I am wise enough to know that I cannot be too proud.

A Proud Peacock: …………

Maybe it might be the very serious look on the owl’s face that gave people the idea that the owl was wise, unfortunately, the owl is not a wise animal and in fact, for its size, the owl has a small brain and is not as smart as geese, crows, and ravens.

Wise or not wise, here’s a video of some true facts about the owl to share with you lovely souls out there.

Enjoy reading and watching!

Till then,

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Don’t Get Too Excited~


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” Be still, my beating heart.”

An expression of excitement when seeing the object of one’s romantic affections.


Here’s an extract of the lyrics  from a song titled “Be Still  My Beating Heart” by Sting:

Be still my beating heart

It would be better to be cool

It’s not time to be open just yet

A lesson once learned is so hard to forget

Read more at songmeanings.net

To be still, or not to be, don’t be still for too long…blood circulation is still needed for our hearts to stay alive. 😛

Enjoy reading!

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Who Can Blame Them For Being Proud?


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” Proud as a peacock.”

This is a saying that is used to mean a vain or self-centered person. The phrase comes from the plumage of the male peafowl (females are peahens).

When a male is courting, he spreads his tail feathers, sometimes five feet in length, out in a fan pattern to attract a female. Thus, someone who is “proud as a peacock” is similarly “strutting his stuff.”

Extract taken from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Proud_as_a_Peacock

Peacocks have been a symbol of wealth, beauty and rebirth since ancient times — and a symbol of dangerous pride, as well. Their images could be found in early Christian tomb art, and were a favorite motif in ancient Rome and Byzantium.

In India, where peacocks originally come from, they were a symbol of royalty and Indian rulers would have servants fan them with peacock feathers.

Peacocks and peacock imagery appeared in Western European design as well at this time, as on an English tureen and cover with a peacock feather motif from the 18th century.

It was near the end of the 1800’s that peacocks became particularly popular in Western visual culture. The peacock continued as a favored motif into the Art Nouveau era. Peacocks remain a popular motif today, perhaps because they can be beautiful as both a graphic image and as a representation of nature.

Read more at  http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/fine-feathers-the-peacock-as-d-108440

Peacock A: Do you know why Peacock C still remains single today?

Peacock B: No, why?

Peacock A: Because he’s too humble.

This ‘joke’ just came into my head, may it bring a smile across your face.

Enjoy reading!

Till then,

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Can I Join In The Fun?


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“Birds of a feather flock together”

Meaning given by The Phrase Finder

Those of similar taste congregate in groups.

Personally, I prefer the meaning by the Urban Dictionary:

When people that act the same, hang out together.

People that have the same morals often tend to group.

It has nothing to do with jealousy, nor the amount of friends a person is allowed to hang out with.

It is NOT pointed towards having a close friend neither.

It simply means when people act the same, they normally hang out.

Like a clique.

Can I Join?

Its Origin

The first known citation in print of the currently used English version of the phrase appeared in 1599.

In The Dictionarie in Spanish and English, which was complied by the English lexicographer John Minsheu:

Birdes of a feather will flocke togither

The expression appears to have surfaced in the 16th century, allegedly a literal translation of Plato’s Republic via Benjamin Jowett:

Men of my age flock together; we are birds of a feather, as the old proverb says.

In nature, birds of a single species do in fact frequently form flocks. Ornithologists explain this behaviour as a ‘safety in numbers’ tactic to reduce their risk of predation.

Birds Formation

In language terms, it was previously more common to refer to birds flying together than flocking together.

Extracted from: http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/birds-of-a-feather-flock-together.html

It has been a while since we’ve posted something related to the design of our jewelry piece, hopefully you all would enjoy reading this piece of information.

Last but not least, it is very overwhelming to see so many lovely souls leaving telling us the four words they found in our previous post (also a re-blog) “What Describes You”. 

THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR KIND MOTIVATION VIA RESPONDING !!!

MUAHKKKKK~

😀

Till then,

Have a wonderful day ahead!

Cheers & TTFN~

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For All The Wrong Reasons…


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FOR ALL THE WRONG REASONS

A Bullet Will Not Kill

Unless A Restless Soul Fires It

For All The Wrong Reasons

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Alcohol Is Just A Drink

Unless A Melancholy Soul Drinks It

For All The Wrong Reasons

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Love Is A Virtue

Unless A Heartless Soul Uses It

For All The Wrong Reasons

A man always has two reasons for doing anything:

A good reason and the real reason.

~ J. P. Morgan

Whether is it for a good or a real reason, we do know that everything happens for a reason

AND

It is entirely up to us to understand every reason behind

SO THAT

We can accept and start learning from all the things that had already happened in our lives;

may it be good or bad.

Till then,

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I know Life Sucks But Just Love It Since We Don’t Get To Live Forever Anyway….


The present moment is nice but it does not last.

Living in it is like waiting in a junction town for the morning limited

The junction may be interesting but some day you will have to leave it

And you do not know where the limited will take you.

~ Bruce Catton

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Lyrics extracted from the song, A Shoulder To Cry On sang by Tommy Page

Life is full of lots of up and downs,

But the distance feels further,

When it’s headed for the ground,

And there’s nothing more painful,

Than to let your feeling take you down.

I’ve gotten to know this song via an extra curriculum activity called ‘LDDS’ when I was in secondary one (hmm…22 years ago…gosh…I feel so old right now).

Although I don’t really consider it as one of my favourite songs, the first part of the lyrics just etched itself into my mind and no matter how hard I tried to forget, I will still remember it. So well, just be it…since it was quite useful to hum this song whenever I am in one of those down moods.

If you are interested to know this song, here’s a link to a YouTube video with the full lyrics and many cute photos:

A Shoulder To Cry On

As a matter of fact, I am inspired by a quote by Mother Theresa ‘Life is’ and it kind of reminded me of this piece of jewelry so I decided to pen down this post and the above is just a side track to this (I tend to stray off very easily).

So take a look at this quote and if you can understand why I’ve put this piece of jewelry in this post, let me know if we do share the same sentiment.

Without further adieu, here’s the quote:

Life is an opportunity

Benefit from it

Life is beauty

Admire it

Life is a dream

Realize it

Life is a challenge

Meet it

Life is a duty

Complete it

Life is a game

Play it

Life is a promise

Fulfill it

Life is sorrow

Overcome it

Life is a song

Sing it

Life is a struggle

Accept it

Life is a tragedy

Confront it

Life is an adventure

Dare it

Life is luck

Make it

Life is too precious

Do not destroy it

Life is life

Fight for it

Extracting this wonderful quote from: http://misscentsible.wordpress.com

Enjoy reading this post!

Till then,

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Don’t Just Say ‘I Love You’, Say ‘I Know How To Love You.’


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If you are reading this post of ours, it would mean that you’ve ‘survived’ 21st Dec 2012.

I’ve received a Tweet during last night (20.12.2012) saying that the so-called the end of the world has been postponed to 3rd Sept 2015, meaning, we will have another 3 more years or so to help turn this world into a better place to live by having more positive thoughts, positive actions and most of all, positive love.

I’ve always believe that as long as goodness still exists in mankind, the world won’t have the heart to come to an end.

😉

POSITIVE LOVE

‘Love’ is a general expression of positive sentiment (a stronger form of like), love is commonly contrasted with hate.

Since love itself is already a very positive adjective/noun/verb, then why bother putting the word ‘positive’ in front?

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Question: Is English your first language??

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Ans: I’m afraid it is so, but I still get confused with all the grammatical stuff… 😦 

Well, every coin has two faces so even for an action or feeling with such positiveness tends to have two faces when being overlooked, misused or even abused.

Therefore, the word ‘POSITIVE’ is there to act as a reminder.

This post is actually inspired by two pictures which I’ve found in my Facebook page which  I would like to share with you lovely souls out there.

How much do you love yourself?

You cannot enjoy happiness if you are not at peace with yourself.

I’ve seen many extreme cases around me — from those who wanted to be perfect in front of others by constantly looking for flaws within themselves and becoming their own worst critics to the kind of egotistical self-love based purely on selfishness, pleasure and fame.

Those are definitely not any positive love for yourself.

The following picture speaks for itself :

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Find the true love within yourself by loving yourself, for true love is in abundance within yourself.

~ Gurmeet Kaur

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How much do you love the one who has completed you?

Relationships are hard work and they’re a never-ending quest to ensure the happiness of one another.

When love becomes overbearing, it is often being misused/abused in a relationship:

Woman: Why can’t I go out with my friends anymore?

Man: Because I want you for myself.

Woman: You are such a possessive jerk!

Man: No I am not. I just love you too much!

On the other hand, the hottest heart of love is just like heated iron and if left untouched will get cold of itself and eventually, turns sour.

When Love Turns Sour

(Extracted from: http://www.naijastories.com/2010/12/when-love-turns-sour-2/)

When Love turns sour
each visit to see her becomes a chore
climbing Mount Everest is an east feat
as to getting on the bus to her abode!

When Love turns sour
Phone Calls becomes
dull, repetitive, monotonous syllabic utterances
‘blah, blah, blah’ how she goes on and on!

When Love turns sour
the soup she cooks always has too much salt in it!
her Eba (farina) always has too much lumps in it!

When Love turns sour
her Jollof-Rice has the oil and water running different routes
one to the east, the other the west

When Love turns sour
her kiss has too much Saliva
wow is she an Ilama?

When Love turns sour
her make-up is always too much
her face painted like a Masquerade!

When Love turns sour
sleeping in the sewer is more appealing than sharing the bed with her!

Sounds familiar?

Sadly it does.

So, what will happen when positive love is applied in a relationship?

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*Condition applied to both men and women

Hope you all enjoy reading this post.

Have a nice Friday and a Great Weekend Ahead!!

Till then,

Cheers & TTFN~

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Shake Your Bon-Bon…


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Found this YouTube clip while searching for more information concerning peacocks and find it interesting.

Folk dance, called “Mayilattam” or “the peacock dance” is a very popular dance, where the artistes dress up like peacocks and imitate the dance of the peacock.

The Peacock Dance is the most famous dance in Dai Minority area – Yunnan province, China. In Dai people’s heart, peacock is the symbol of beauty, happiness and luck. Of all kinds of dance of Dai Minority, the peacock dance is their favourite one.

Here are the features of the Peacock Dance:

  • The dancers’ knees always wave flexibly.
  • The movements are soft and elegant to show the docility of peacocks.
  • The performers’ legs move promptly and the eyes move flexibly to show the flexibility of the peacock.

Read more at http://www.chinaodysseytours.com/special-topic-about-china/peacock-dance-of-dai-minority.html

The Pailin Peacock Dance is a dance of Kola ethnic group, who live in the region of Pailin in the west of Cambodia.  The dance relates to a Pailinian legend about a magic peacock who goes to preach to the King.

This lively dance is about commemorating this peacock which is a symbol of happiness.

The dance imitates the peacock with lively colors of beautiful wings, and suggests a courting scene between a peacock and a peahen.

The dance is said to bring happiness and prosperity to villagers, and is often performed during the New Year and ritual ceremonies in times of drought to pray for rain.

Read more at http://www.cambodiancommunityday.org/index.php/attractions/pailin/phnom-yat

A confused peahen (female peacock): Why are you dancing? 

Peacock Dancer: Why can’t I dance?

The confused peahen (female peacock): I can’t marry you.

Peacock Dancer: …..

Have fun reading!

Till then,

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