Political Speech Prompts Dictionary Edit

Julia Gillard

Julia Gillard (Photo credit: Matthew Kenwrick)

Define ‘Misogyny‘. The Macquarie Dictionary describes misogyny as ”hatred of women”. But when editor Sue Butler heard Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s fiery speech on misogyny, she decided to update its definition of the word and said it will be expanded to ”entrenched prejudice against women” in the next edition. PM Gillard lambasted Tony Abbott as a misogynist in parliament last week.

Most Confusing English Word Differences
‘English can be a very confusing language – with similar terms for different things and different terms for similar things. Add to that the inclusion of foreign terms for almost all things (Romance language versus Germanic language) and it makes perfect sense that it is one of the most difficult languages for foreigners to master. Below, I have selected 20 things that have vastly different names for things we consider the same – but as you will see, in most cases they are completely different. Add your own favorites to the comments…’

What Goads Artists to Create?
Is it to scape from pain or because we wish to recapture the moments of joy?
Essay by Cristian Mihai

‘Art is a means of escaping oppression or fighting against it. But you don’t have to experience oppression in order to write about it, in order to make a stand. In the end, it all comes down to our own capability to understand and analyze life.

‘Pain doesn’t inspire anything in us. Pain just hardens our souls, makes us immune to tragedy.

‘Isn’t it true that we write about the things we had and lost not because of the pain we feel, but because we wish to recapture the moments of joy, to keep the flame alive long after our memories have turned to dust?…’

Another’s View of The Manila Bay of Our Youth
The writer was from Manila city near my hometown Baclaran

‘When I was a boy living in our ancestral home in Vito Cruz (corner Espiritu) street in Singalong, I still recall being overjoyed on weekends when our parents would take us for a stroll along Dewey Boulevard (now Roxas Boulevard) named after US Admiral George Dewey. We would take a leisurely ride on a double-decker bus all the way down to Baclaran and take in the fresh breeze coming from the bay. We’d stop in Luneta (now known as Rizal Park) to see the monument built to our national hero, Jose Rizal. We’d then continue on the bus always sitting on the upper deck since it was open air and allowed us to take in the scenery and enjoy the cool fresh breeze. If I’m not mistaken, there are still buses like those around today, although they are probably considered museum pieces…’

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