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Fun with English

FATHER

Be kind to thy [your] father
For when thou [you] was young
Who loved thee [you] as friendly as he
He caught the first accent
That fell from your tongue
And joined in the heavenly glee.

Be kind to thy [your] father
For now he is old
His locks [hair] intermingled with grey
His footsteps are feeble
Once fearless and bold
Thy [your] father is passing away.


MOTHER

M is for the mercy she possesses
O means only that she’s growing old
T is for her tender sweet caresses
H is for her heart of purest gold
E means every thing she’s done to save me
R means right and right she’ll always be

Put them all together
They spell MOTHER
A word that means a world to me.

M is for the million things she gave me
O means that I owe her all I owe
T is for the tears she shed to raise me
H is for the hands that touch and hold
E means every thing she taught me
R means rare and special she’ll always be

Put them all together
They spell MOTHER
A word that means a world to me.

Optimist

  • looks at the bright side of things
  • sees a glass as half full
  • treats challenge as an opportunity

Pessimist

  • looks at the dark side of things
  • sees a glass as half empty
  • does not embrace challenge

Realist

  • performs a reality check
  • asks if water has been poured in or out before deciding the degree of fullness or emptiness
  • determines which challenges are worthwhile (good Return On Investment)

Generalist

A Generalist is one
who knows less and less
about more and more
until finally
he knows nothing about everything.

Specialist

A Specialist is one
who knows more and more
about less and less
until finally
he knows everything about nothing.

Tongue Twister

During our High School days, we had a visiting Brother (probably of Irish origin). He told a story and asked us to repeat the tongue twister.

“A city, which was plagued with pickpockets, asked someone to tackle the problem. The problem went away. How and Why?

When he saw a pickpocket
pick the pocket of a man
he picked the pocket of the pickpocket
and put the pickings
in the pocket of the man
whose pocket the pickpocket had picked. “

Uzin Aung Chaw (Victor, C69) added :

When he saw the pickpocket picked the pocket, he picked the pocket of the pickpocket and repocket the pickings into the pocket whose pocket was picked by the pickpocket.

Essay

  • We had to write essays.
  • Sometimes only a title is provided.
  • Sometimes an outline is also given.
  • We had to study “Tom Thumb’s Essays”.

An essay usually has three (or more) paragraphs

  • Introduction
  • Body (one or more paragraph)
  • Conclusion

An essay may have a length limitation (e.g. maximum number of words).

An essay may have a presentation style

  • Descriptive
  • Narrative
  • Argumentative (Logical reasoning)
  • Abstract

I once wrote “My life as a fighter bomber” (trying to bomb the Nazi forces).

One writer (some attributed to Sir Winston Churchill) wrote:


An essay
should be like a ladies skirt (or dress)
long enough
to cover the subject
and short enough
to be interesting

In the early days, there was no “political correctness” and “gender sensitivity”.

To lighten the atmosphere, I quoted the tongue-in-cheek definition described above in the “Count Down to the Reunion” series for SPZP-2000. A young but brilliant Sayama Lay (with a foreign doctorate) accused that I was irresponsible and had made fun of the women.

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