Words that have gone out of style

Words that have gone out of style

The best part about language is that it changes all the time. The words you say today, will not be the same as tomorrow’s. This cycle of new utterances has caused language to evolve over time. From big changes such as The Great Vowel Shift, which caused all vowels in English to pretty much change, to minor changes such as whether or not to write an Oxford comma: the rules of language are fluid at best. One area of language most sensitive to change? Vocabulary. Words go out of style more quickly than the latest fashions. I found 10 words that I think are a shame that they are no longer part of the English language.

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Words that changed meaning

Words that changed meaning

One of my favorite things in the world? Not make up, not food, not dresses: it’s language. For as long as I can remember I have been fascinated with language. From how it shapes our understanding of the world to how it is such an inherently unique human feature, to how we learn it, to how we use it and how it is far more important than most people would dare to admonish. It should be no surprise then, that the profession I chose, was to become a language teacher. Because that is how I get to be what I enjoy most on a daily basis: a language nerd. And today I thought I’d indulge in this obsession on the blog. I’d like to introduce you to 6 English words we all know, but that didn’t start out meaning what they mean today.

Language nerd alert! Words change meaning?
Yes they do and I have 6 examples for you after the click!

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Netflix series I want to watch

Netflix series I want to watch

I finally got myself a Netflix subscription. Yes, I know, I am way late to the party. But better late then never, no? I waded through some of their selections, but there is so much that sounds good that I don’t even know where to start. I already made my way through Narcos and I am now trying to pick and choose what to watch next. I have a few series that have caught my eye upon browsing, but if you have any other suggestions, then I am all ears. But here’s what I think I might watch next.

What Netflix series do you recommend?

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Movies I’ve seen #5

Movies I’ve seen #5

Good morning (well almost afternoon here), but this blog post was delayed for a good reason. I went to see a movie last night and wanted to include it in this blog post. Since I don’t do these very often, I didn’t want to have it sitting around, waiting until the cows come home. Which is why I figured: I’ll just write up the movies I’ve seen in the past few months the morning after. For some reason I mostly saw action flicks this time round and all of it was pretty much for entertainment purposes only.

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5 Youtubers I’ve started watching

5 Youtubers I’ve started watching

Before summer I was watching more Youtube beauty videos than is healthy for one person. I mainly watched declutter videos and through that process I found some youtubers that I have started watching on a regular basis. Since I decided to no longer subscribe to any Youtube channels, I now rely on what pops up in my recommendations list and because I watched so many videos on different channels, these people also started popping up on my radar more and more. And even though I do not watch every video posted to these channels, I still think you should know about these ladies if you didn’t already.

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Favorite TV series

Favorite TV series

It’s been a while since I have watched or let alone written about TV series that I like to watch. These past few months were so hectic that I had little time to start a new one, but during my summer vacation, which ends today, I watched a few series again. I stayed true to my obsession with CSI and watched a couple of final seasons of newer shows. But not everything I watch is worth recommending and so, I figured it would be nice if I’d let you know which TV series I have been enjoying most these past few years.

Crime Scene Investigation

In case you don’t know: CSI is about a team of crime scene investigators who search for trace and other forensic evidence to catch bad guys. In the current series the team is lead by DB Russell who transferred from Seattle after Catherine Willows leaves. He brings along Jules, a blood spatter analyst who he worked with in Seattle. The rest of the team that was already there, Nick, Gregg, Sarah all still play roles as a few lab techs and a newbie who happens to be the Sheriff’s daughter.

The very first TV series I ever decided to watch was the first edition of CSI. There were 2 other spin offs that already completed their run a few years ago, and now this original series is also stopping to be replaced by CSI: Cyber. I’m a bit sad, because CSI was a great show that I loved watching it for some no brainer distraction after a long day at work. Every episode is like a little puzzle and I generally liked some of the character development storylines too. I kind of lost interest in the storyline when Laurence Fishburn joined the cast, as I couldn’t get into his obsession with Nate Haskell, but after Ted Danson took over as DB Russell I felt the show took a turn for the better. He will be joining the cast of CSI: Cyber which is why I am secretly hoping that show will be better when it starts its second season.

Sherlock

Based on the original Sherlock stories and always with a reference to them either in titles or in actions, this series focuses on some of the most iconic Sherlock Holmes stories. Played by Benedict Cumberbatch who is assisted by Dr. Watson (Martin Freeman), the duo are consulting detectives who help solve cases for Scotland Yard and for regular members of the public. The series is created and broadcast by the BBC, with only 3 episodes per season that have the running time of a movie, Sherlock gives a modern take on the old stories as well as adding something new at the same time.

The reason why I like these series is because they are original, the acting is great and by now you know I like solving puzzles. The setting of modern day London combined with the clever stories written by Arthur Conan Doyle makes for an enticing show that will leave you on the edge of your seat at times, but at other times it has you wrecking your brain trying to think like Sherlock. I love the combination of action and suspense and am looking forward to this year’s Christmas special, which seems to be set in Victorian times.

Boardwalk Empire

Enoch ‘Nucky’ Thompson rules Atlantic City through corruption and scandal in the 1920s, at the beginning of Prohibition. He finds good money in the bootlegging business, be it with the help of criminals, the mob and anyone else who wants to do his bidding. During 5 seasons, we see Nucky’s rise to fame and his downfall and how he tries to get back on his feet, though not necessarily in this order.

From the excellent 1920s decor and style that is applied throughout this series, to the intricate system that is build to keep the booze flowing and the cops unknowing: there isn’t much that isn’t to like about Boardwalk Empire. The best part about the series is that it is based on real life events and people. Of course it is more dramatized, but Enoch Thompson is based on a real person, as are many of his cronies and the high level gangsters he meets with. There is some seriously great action going on, especially the chilling scenes in which Rosetti loses his mind. It is a solid show that came to a hasty end, but nonetheless it is worth a watch.

The Newsroom

Set in a TV newsroom where every night a team puts together News Night with Will McAvoy, this show is based around recent news events and shows how this might have been handled by a news show. Broadcast by fictional network ACN, News Night is one of the leading news shows of the US and Will is a famous tv presenter with ditto behavior. Enter Mackenzie McHale: ex of Will, but with a much higher standard of doing the news.

The premise may sound fairly boring, but myself having been in newsrooms before and thus I know a little bit of the goings on. During the moments in the show where the tension builds up because a story has to come out now, that feeling, that rush, I know what that feels like. So I can relate to the characters even if I don’t like them. The show only ran for 3 seasons, but I loved every minute of it. It tackles some news journalism developments such as civic journalism and the battle of Internet vs ‘old school’ media. I really enjoyed this and I think you might too, even if you’re only watching because Jeff Daniels (of Dumb & Dumber fame) plays the lead character (and does so really well).

House of Cards

Finally the newest show in my arsenal and one that I only started watching this year. I had heard great things about House of Cards which is about Kevin Spacey’s character who tries to become President of the United States. It focuses on modern day politics and the games played by those in power to stay in power or to gain it. There are glimpses of Francis Underwood’s life and he is often aware of the camera and steps aside for monologues given you as a viewer his direct insight.

What I love about this show is again how well it is done. The acting is great, the settings are great and it is a series unlike many others I have seen. It shows ruthlessness and cunning tricks that are used by Underwood and his wife to try and gain their way in the world. For a long time the series doesn’t go into how this scheming might affect their relationship and everything goes well for a while, until one trumps the other at a terrible cost. Even their personal life is not free from scrutiny, but the couple knows this and tries to use it to their advantage.

Can you recommend me any other new series that I should watch?

Movies I’ve seen #4

Movies I’ve seen #4

Movie time! I went and watched some movies, but not lately. The past year I haven’t watched many movies at all, but I managed to squeeze in a few and I took notes as I went along. So in today’s post I’ll say a bit about the 7 movies that I’ve watched since June.

The Rover

This unsettling and incredibly sad movie stars Guy Pearce as Eric: a lonely man in Australia just after a gigantic economic collapse. The county has become a safe haven for criminals and anyone trying to make a buck. On one fatal day his car gets stolen with his last valuable object hidden in the trunk. He does everything to get it back. When he goes after it, he meets a man who happens to be the thieves’ little brother. Rey (by Robert Pattinson) is a bit of a dimwit, trying to find his way in a harsh world. And despite Eric’s initial goal of using him to get his car back, Eric ends up liking Rey, despite his limitations.

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

A movie that had been on my to watch list for ages and last summer I finally got around to watching. While watching it, it felt familiar as if I had seen it all before, which in the course of the story is quite ironic as that is exactly what the movie is about. The movie revolves around the process of removing memories one would rather forget. Joel (Jim Carrey) meets Clementine (Kate Winslett) and everything is fine and dandy for a while. Then they break up and she erases her memories of him. So he decides to do the same. But as the process is on its way Joel decides he doesn’t want to lose those memories after all. A sweet and sad story that is smartly concocted and held together by some great acting.

Kill Your Darlings

If there is one group in history that I find fascinating it’s the Beats. This movie focuses on their beginnings when Alan Ginsberg (Daniel Radcliffe) meets Lucien Carr (Dane DeHaan) when he goes to college. A strange murder brings the group closer together in the end which is what this movie leads up to but it lacks focus. The story idea itself is interesting and provides more information about the Beat generation which is why I thought this was still a great movie. However, the story hops all over the place: it starts of promising but ends up being about something completely different.

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Slapsticky, funny and bizarre movie that is hilarious and strange all at the same time. I enjoyed the who-is-who type movie this is, filled with famous names. The colors, decors, costumes and deliberately bad make up artistry (Adrian Brody’s nose?) were the finishing touches on a story that lacked in sense but packed a punch. A rethinking of the feel good movie?

On the Road

Let’s stick to the Beats shall we? Because this indie flick focuses on one of the greatest modern classics which happens to have been written by none other than Jack Kerouac. I loved the book, but disliked the movie unfortunately. Mainly because it doesn’t do the book any justice. Where in the book there is a clear division of the different trips the group of friends take across America and into Mexico, in the movie it just chops up the narrative into a long-winded road trip in which you never really know where they are going, why they’re going or who they’re going with. People pop up out of nowhere and where that is a strength of the book, is misses substance as a visual as it creates confusion and disruption in the storyline.

50 Shades of Grey

Yes, I went and saw this. I also read the book AND the Twilight fanfic this was originally based on. Like the book, the movie takes on some abominable language in its dialogues, which makes the movie laughable and seem like it is trying too hard. The chemistry between the two lead actors Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan is minimal at best and the latter doesn’t give off a believable performance until the last half of the movie. The story dragged towards the end and then suddenly… it was over. The story was badly paced and the relationship between Christian and Anastasia is not as interesting as you’re not as much in Ana’s head as you are in the book. If you like the look of Jamie Dornan though, I can highly recommend Irish/ English TV series The Fall in which he portrays Paul Spector: lovable Dad and grief counselor by day, serial killer of pretty women by night.

The Imitation Game

The last movie I watched was The Imitation Game. It tells the story of how Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch) placed a significant role in the breaking of the Enigma Code during WWII. At the same time Alan is the most socially awkward person to have been accepted into the programme and to make matters worse, he is also gay. A lifestyle not only frowned upon by the British government, but something for which he would later be convicted and chemically castrated as a punishment. 50 years his endeavors were top secret and while he not only cracked codes but is also responsible for the modern computer, he was a man who was far ahead of his time and terribly misunderstood.

What movies did you watch?