Wednesday, 20 January 2016

opposites in love

This picture came to me from the Tiger Lillies' Facebook page (thanks to @mertevenk for identifying the source, Construction Paper and Tears). Here, the opposites are connected by love. 

This reminded me of the epigram to the first chapter of my 2003 book, where another pair of opposites live in the same house. Is that because they are in love, too? [Click on the excerpt to make it bigger, should you need to.]

Monday, 11 January 2016

crosslinguistic opposite homophones

A little thing that amused me.

We're just back from a four-night visit to Lisbon (highly recommended!), which gave me my first real taste of Portuguese. I knew that 'x' is pronounced like 'sh', so of course, when I saw this sign on a door...

...I pushed.

Reader, it means 'pull'.  'Push' is empurre.

(You can hear it pronounced here.)