Thursday, April 26, 2007

I Love Idioms

Idioms are beautiful.
You can't deny that. Even if you do, I personally think it's gorgeous. Somehow.
The definition of Idioms from Wikipedia goes like this :
An Idiom is an expression (i.e. term or phrase) whose meaning cannot be deduced from the literal definitions and the arrangement of its parts, but refers instead to a figurative meaning that is known only through conventional use. In linguistics, idioms are widely assumed to be figures of speech that contradict the principle of compositionality, however some debate has recently arisen on this subject.
As defined, an idiom bears no meaning if you read it literally but it does make sense if you understand it figuratively.
Let us pick a common saying, "an apple a day keeps the doctor away".
How can an apple keeps the doctor away?
Literally, it doesn't mean a thing. Have an apple a day and the doctor won't come near you? Throw an apple at the doctor so he'll stay away?
Obviously, that's not the case. I'm sure most of you know what does it means.
The true meaning is having an apple or fruit a day will keeps you healthy. (Eating it, not having it. Think figuratively)

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"One man's meat is another man's poison"

Another example, one of my favourite.

Literally :
My meat is edible only to myself. If anyone else try it, he'll die of food poisoning. I kid you not.

Figuratively :
Something one person likes very much can be something that another person does not like at all.
"She loves curly hair. She must be mad! It's so hard to handle. Oh well, one man's meat is another man's poison."

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"No man is an island"
Yet another example.

Literally :
There's no way a man can be an island. A man is a man. How can he become soil and a palm tree in the open ocean?

Figuratively :
Human beings do not thrive when isolated from others.
"Oh, she thinks she's so good that she can handle her studies by outcasting her friends and study alone? I say screw that, it might work but to a certain extent. Someone have to tell her that no man is an island."

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"Kill two birds with one stone"
A common and very widely used phrase .

Literally :
You can actually kill two birds with one stone. It's easy, make sure the birds are standing or flying parallel. Then, get a stone(make sure the stone has a sharp edge) and throw it with all your might to puncture the first bird and hit the second bird. If you can puncture the second bird as well, that's good as there will be higher probability that it'll die.

Figuratively :
To manage to do two things at the same time instead of just one, because it is convenient to do both.
"Wow, that's brilliant! He's making excuses to get some notes he left in the office and at the same time taking a break from class. That's like killing to birds with one stone."

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"Curiosity killed the cat"
This is also one of my favourite, best to counter those busybodies.

Literally :
Stop being curious! That feeling will kill a cat. That explains the growing number of dead cats around you doesn't it? Spare them by minding your own business.

Figuratively :
Used to warn against being too inquisitive lest one comes to harm.
"Stop being such a busybody. It doesn't matter if he likes her or she likes him. Or if it is she likes him but he doesn't or vice versa. What so if you know? Go spread it like a bitch? Remember, curiosity killed the cat.

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"Frog in a well"
Common phrase to defines noobs.

Literally :
Just another frog in a well. I wonder if the well is full or empty.

Figuratively :
Used to describe a situation or individual who cannot or refuses to see the big picture because of being sheltered and/or closed minded.
"Some Americans are just like a frog in a well. They don't even know what they are fighting for in Iraq and yet they support their president, George Bush on the so called "War against Terror". You know what? I say Bush is the terror here."

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"No use crying over spilt milk"
This is one idiom I use frequently.

Literally:
Why bother crying over spilt milk? Just clean it and your mum won't know. Problem solved.

Figuratively :
This idiom means that getting upset after something has gone wrong is pointless; it can't be changed so it should be accepted.
"Your results is out and it doesn't seems good. Don't be sad and start cursing. It won't help, as the saying goes, no use crying over spilt milk. What is done is done. Get over with it and start doing something to fix it."

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This is fun. Lame examples and definitions.
As lame as it is, you did learn something new from it right?
That's WHY ALL OF US SHOULD LOVE IDIOMS!

P.S : Most examples are only applicable to U6A1 students of 2006.

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Listening to
Midnight Girl

By
Shinhwa

Album

State of the Art

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Belief - How To Differentiate Three Well Known Belief

There has been endless debates on religion, belief and teaching. Having another one here from my layman point view has no significant values. There's no right and wrong, no which religion/belief/teaching is better and no "you should no practice this/that religion".

This post is intended to give the general idea of what free thinking, Atheism and Agnosticisms so that there won't be confusion between this this three belief.

I once claim that I'm a free thinker but I was wrong mainly because I do not know the true definition of a free thinker. Hope this list will help.

Free Thinker : A person who believes that God created the universe and then abandoned it
Individuals that neither accept nor reject ideas proposed as truth without recourse to knowledge and reason.

In a way, it's somewhat similar with Agnosticism but different as it abandoned the believes in God as ther lack of evidences to prove the existence of it. Much like how scientist only accept truth with scientific evidence and logics.

Atheism : Belief in no God or no belief in God
Atheism are considered by some as a religion while other believe it's more like a guideline of living. As quoted from Wikipedia, Atheism entails the absence of belief in the existence of God or other deities.

On as side note, in America, Atheist are the "most distrusted minority" and in some states in America, the state constitutions contains a clauses that requires a person to believe in a supreme being in order to be a public officer.

In Malaysia, if I'm not mistaken, it's stated in the law that all Malaysian has to have a religion.

Agnosticism : Uncertainty of whether God exits
Agnosticism is considered a concept rather than a religion. Basically, Agnostic generally feels that God's existence can neither be proved nor disproved. Evidences of the existence of God and also attempts to disprove the existence of God is not strong enough to convince them.

Personally, I think I'm more a Agnostic. I'm skeptical of the existence of God but I don't deny it entirely. I respect all religion and I believe that so long that religion teaches a person to be good( I can't define the "good" here but you should have the general idea how "good" is) it's all good to be practiced.

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Buddhism
is a dharmic, non-theistic religion and a philosophy. Buddhism is also known as Buddha Dharma or Dhamma, which means the "teachings of the Awakened One" in Sanskrit and Pali, the languages of ancient Buddhist texts. Buddhism was founded around the fifth century BCE by Siddhartha Gautama, hereafter referred to as "the Buddha". (quoted from wikipedia)

There's a part of me that likes Buddhism a lot. Buddhism as a teaching rather than religion. There's a difference between the teaching and religion. To find out more click on the the link. The most appealing part of Buddhism to me is the reincarnation and the law of Karma.

I hope by reading this post, people won't be confuse of their beliefs anymore and stop embarrassing themselves by claiming and arguing over something they do not believe.

Listening to
Still


Album
Missing You

Sunday, April 01, 2007

My Little Haven

Some might not know what does haven means.
According to Wordweb Pro, a very handy dictionary program on Windows which I use frequently and fell in love with,
Haven:
1. A shelter serving as a place of safety or sanctuary
2. A sheltered port where ships can take on or discharge cargo

Haven is also synonymous to oasis(1), harbor(2) and seaport(2).
Obviously, the haven in my blog refers to the former meaning, which means a safe place or sanctuary. So, My Little Haven can be roughly translated as a small space or place where I can play safely and peacefully.

This blog provides a place for me to relax and have fun. It is also a place that gives me serenity and eases me when I'm sad, anxious, moody or frustrated. All my rants and anger can be voiced out here without fear cautiously.

Then again... this is the internet. There isn't really a place which is entirely safe. Virtually none. The little as stated also means "limited". Therefore my sanctuary isn't foolproof. It does provides protection but it's limited. Confusing as it seems but what I'm actually trying to imply is this blog would never be place where I voice out EVERYTHING. Never. There are still things that are better off kept in the heart.

Therefore, My Little Haven would only be my little haven.
When will I ever find my true haven?
Only God knows.

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Listening to
사랑하고 싶어 (I Want to Love)


Album

Wanna Be+