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Wonton font – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Wonton font – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

A wonton font (also known as Chinese font, chopstick font or chop-suey font, type or lettering) is a font with a visual style expressing “Asianness” or “Chineseness”.

Styled to mimic the brush strokes used in Chinese characters, wonton fonts are often used to convey a sense of Orientalism. 

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Plagiarism – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Plagiarism – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

L.H.O.O.Q. (1919), one of Marcel Duchamp‘s readymades.

Plagiarism and the history of art

Through all of the history of literature and of the arts in general, works of art are for a large part repetitions of the tradition; to the entire history of artistic creativity belong plagiarism, literary theft, appropriation, incorporation, retelling, rewriting, recapitulation, revision, reprise, thematic variation, ironic retake, parody, imitation, stylistic theft, pastiches, collages, and deliberate assemblages.[3][39][10][40][41][42] There is no rigorous and precise distinction between practices like imitation, stylistic plagiarism, copy, replica and forgery.[3][4][5][43] These appropriation procedures are the main axis of a literate culture, in which the tradition of the canonic past is being constantly rewritten.[42]

Ruth Graham quotes T.S. Eliot—”Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal. Bad poets deface what they take.”—she notes that despite the “taboo” of plagiarism, readers seem to often forgive the past excesses of historic literary offenders.[44]

What is the ‘Oxford comma’? – Oxford Dictionaries (US)

What is the ‘Oxford comma’? – Oxford Dictionaries (US).

The ‘Oxford comma’ is an optional comma before the word ‘and’ at the end of a list:

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It’s known as the Oxford comma because it was traditionally used by printers, readers, and editors at Oxford University Press.  Not all writers and publishers use it, but it can clarify the meaning of a sentence when the items in a list are not single words:

These items are available in black and white, red and yellow, and blue and green.

The Oxford comma is also known as the ‘serial comma’.

Urban Dictionary: innit

Urban Dictionary: innit.

  • A colloquial tag question, used in the same context of the french ‘n’est-ce pas?’.
  • It is used by youths and that of chav elders to determine whether their interlocutor is acknowledging they are speaking.
  • also used as a ‘blend’ (two words made as one e.g. internet) of the word ‘isn’t’ (made up of the words verb. ‘is’ and the archeic adverb. ‘not’) and the colloquial noun ‘it’.
  • often used as an instinctual mating call of the chav breed.
“good, innit?”
“sound man innit?”
“innit bab”

Éminence grise – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Éminence grise – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

An éminence grise (French for “grey eminence“) is a powerful decision-maker or advisor who operates “behind the scenes” or in a non-public or unofficial capacity.

This phrase originally referred to François Leclerc du Tremblay, the right-hand man of Cardinal Richelieu. Leclerc was a Capuchin friar who was renowned for his beige robe attire (as beige was termed “grey” in that era.) The title “His Eminence” is used to address or refer to a Cardinal in the Roman Catholic Church.[1] Although Leclerc never achieved the rank of Cardinal, those around him addressed him as such in deference to the considerable influence this “grey” friar held over “His Eminence the Cardinal”. [2]

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An éminence grise can alternatively refer to an elderly (“grey-haired”) personage who is renowned for past accomplishments, and now acts as an advisor rather than a principal actor. He might be politically influential as a consequence of his honored status within an influential group or society as a whole. For example, a distinguished retired physics professor emeritus who advises scientific leaders and government officials on nuclear energy; or a retired U.S. Senator who advises the President on an informal basis, etc.