Tag Archives: interest-meaning

  1. We Asked: Why Do Some People Gesticulate So Much?

    For this woman, gesticulating helps her access memories and emotions and put them into speech. Why do you gesticulate?
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    Does “Spark Joy” Mean The Same Thing In English And Japanese?

    by Ashley AustrewAfter the debut of Marie Kondo’s smash hit Netflix show, Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, in January 2019, much fuss has been made about her directive of removing items in our homes that do not, as she calls it, “spark joy.” How can household objects “spark joy”? The idea of household objects sparking joy was first mentioned in Marie Kondo’s books, The Life-Changing Magic of …

  3. Accept vs. Except

    Do I accept an invitation or except it? If someone is left off of an invitation list, has she been excepted or accepted? What’s the difference between these two terms, and how can we keep them straight? What does accept mean? Accept means, most broadly, “to take or receive (something offered) or receive with approval or favor,” as in “I accept this trophy.” What does except mean? Except has a verb …

  4. What Does It Mean To Be “Fluent” In A Language?

    We have all heard how differently people in London, New York, or Baton Rouge speak English, but are those different speakers still fluent in English? Where does accent stop and fluency begin? What does fluency mean? Fluency is defined as “being able to speak and write quickly or easily in a given language.” It comes from the Latin word fluentem meaning “to flow.” What does accent mean? …