Friday, July 18, 2014

Back then versus Then

You might be wondering what I mean by the title.

The term "then" is used to refer to a period in the past. "Back then" would be a period prior to the first past moment. 

What conclusions can we draw from the information provided below about the two periods: The Great Depression and the Credit Crunch

What do the numbers tells us in terms of ...  

Similarities beween each period?
Differences between them?
Impact on society? 
Social and political contexts?

Other ideas?

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Hero or Villain - The irony of team sport

It is certainly a privilege to live in the country hosting a World Cup. And when it is in Brazil - hands down the Mecca of football - then you could only imagine how honored I feel.

Yesterday's Best of 16 game between the home team and Chile was a roller coaster of emotions. In a country where second place is as useless as last, the pressure on the players is inconceivable for us mere mortals. Brazilians don't accept losing at football, no matter the talent of the adversary.

I guess this mindset is what nurtures the habit of choosing a scapegoat - or simply a villain- when all falls down and a hero when there is a happy ending.

Brazil's goalie, Julio Cesar, was deservedly chosen the hero of the day. He saved two penalties which stamped the country's passport to the quarter finals.

Four years ago, his slip caused Holland to come from behind and eliminate Brazil in the South Africa Cup, rendering him the "title" of the sole culprit or one of the culprits. Four years of "ostracism" and "suspicion" didn't come to an end when he was capped months before coach Scolari announced the final 23 to play the Cup.

All of this to get to my point: when a team wins, everybody wins; when it loses, everybody loses. So why do we tend to put the burden of losing on the shoulders of ONE? Why do applaud today the same person we jeered and wrote off before?
What if he messes up again- will he still be a hero?

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Thing - another multipurpose word

The word "thing" or "thingy" can be used to replace any word, especially when you don't remember how to say something.

It can even be a verb. What do you think it means in the sentence below?

He keeps thinging me and gettting on my nerves. He's never satisfied with anything I do!

Penny, from TBBT, is famous for using it.

Do I have to eat this thingy?

Look at some sentences here with the word "thing. 

Use the words below here to match with the word or expression with "thing" (in bold)

Word - Sex - Chance - Extramarital romance - Action - Affair- Synchronism - To tell you the truth - The only and legitimate one - Listen up

Girls, you know you better watch out,
Some guys, some guys are only about 
That thing, that thing, that thing

It's your thing. Do what you wanna do

Me and Mrs. Jones, we've got a thing going on

We've got a good thing going
Do the right thing!

Aint' nothin but the real thing

Can I say a thing or two?

Here's the thing, we have to keep this information to ourselves  

You would't understand. It's a girl thing

Why didn't you invite me? 
The thing is, I didn't think you wanted to come along

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Still and Yet

If you were a big fan of the series HOMELAND, you would know that the CIA's target du jour was the infamous terrorist Abu Nasir. The COUNTERTERRORISM UNIT assigned to the mission had just thwarted Nasir's attack but was unable to locate the mastermind.  

CIA Deputy Director David Estes sums up the report of the sting operation 

We still don\t have Abu Nasir yet
Is this an example of ....

  • double negatives?
  • emphasis?
  • inconclusive action?
  • intention?
  • certainty of achieving the task soon?