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The phrase comes from a story by humorist Will Stanton that appeared in the May 1971 issue of Reader's Digest. The narrator claims that he is subject to "a kind of slip-of-the-ear," leading to his mishearing things. This is the first example he gives: I was standing next to a woman at one party recently, not paying much attention to what she was ...


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Independent versifications The versification of this passage from Donne predates the widespread use of the Internet, as you’ll see from the earliest examples below. Moreover, it looks as though multiple editors have independently decided to format the passage as verse. The evidence for this is that different editors have chosen different ways to break up the ...


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The difficulty here is ‘trepidation of the spheres’, so let’s start with a look in the dictionary: sphere, n. 2. a. One or other of the concentric, transparent, hollow globes imagined by the older astronomers as revolving round the earth and respectively carrying with them the several heavenly bodies (moon, sun, planets, and fixed stars). The number of ...


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The “areas of exploration” quoted in the question come from the syllabus of the Language A: Language and Literature diploma from the International Baccalaureate Organization. A syllabus is not primarily addressed to the student, but rather to the instructor. You can see this from the phrasing: when the syllabus says, “study should be structured”, it is the ...


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