Questioning Traditions

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For centuries we have followed,
What others have taught us.
They are the timeless traditions-
What we have not been told,
Is that we too have the capacity,
To think just as others did,
In the yesteryears and preached.
We have the ability to rethink,
Whether what they taught was true,
We have the capacity to rewire,
And re-mould our minds,
Turning them into powerhouses,
Capable of living a higher life,
Completely different from,
What we could ever imagine.
It is the mind and heart,
Where the real power resides.
It’s time to mine the mind;
And bring out priceless elements,
The matter that maketh God.

Quotes & Notes: William Wordsworth # My Heart Leaps Up

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My heart leaps up when I behold 
   A rainbow in the sky:
So was it when my life began; 
So is it now I am a man; 
So be it when I shall grow old, 
   Or let me die!
The Child is father of the Man;
And I could wish my days to be
Bound each to each by natural piety.
 # William Wordsworth

Notes: The beautiful poem quoted above happens to be one of William Wordsworth’s most popular poems. It professes his deep love for nature and its innumerable manifestations. Here, he speaks about a rainbow, which is an inevitable fascination for everyone, especially children.

Wordsworth’s heart leaps up with thrill and excitement when he beholds a rainbow in the sky. That truly happens to most of us who get stunned for a while when sunrays and rain-droplets paint an awesome seven coloured bow in the…

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Tranquil Nights

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Moonlight beams through the pane,
Casting ethereal shadows,
Soothing my battered mind,
Reminiscent of days of yore.
When magical hands of mother,
Took away all misery and pain,
Transmitting boundless bliss.
Tranquil nights rejuvenate,
Dejected souls in quest of peace.

Is Santa a Superhero? — Nicholas C. Rossis

Superhero culture seems to play a similar part to ancient mythology, with superheroes being the modern equivalent of gods and demigods. So, you may be excused for wondering if Santa may, in fact, be yet another superhero. Confessions of the Professions has the answer for us, in the form of a helpful infographic. Merry Christmas…

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Merry Christmas!

The year 2020 has been an extremely difficult one for everyone one of us across the globe. This Christmas let us pray for the well being, good health and happiness for all. We hope the pandemic simply vanishes and normalcy returns to the world at the soonest.  May this festive season end on a happy note and pave the way for a joyous New Year.  Wish you a Merry Christmas filled with love, joy, peace and prosperity .

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PORTMANTEAU WORDS

                                                                     

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Portmanteau words are formed by combining elements of two or more words. A part of each word is combined with part of another word or words to form a new word.

E.g. Motel = motorist + hotel

Though similar to contractions, it is different from English contractions in which words that come one after the other are shortened using an apostrophe (‘).

Contractions

E.g. could not = couldn’t, do not = don’t

In case of portmanteau words, two different words are related to form a new word with a new concept. This is again different from compound words. In compound words two different words are placed together to form a new word.

Compound words

E.g. blackboard, handbag, ice-cream, snowball, hailstorm

Origin of Portmanteau words

Portmanteau words were first introduced by Lewis Carroll in ‘Through the looking glass’ where Humpty Dumpty explains the meanings of freshly coined words like mimsy = miserable + flimsy, silthy = slimy + lithe.

Examples of Portmanteau words

Bacne = back + acne – pimples on ones back.

Biopic = biography + picture – a film on the life of a particular person, typically a public or historical figure.

Brexit = Britain + exit – withdrawal of United Kingdom from the European Union.

Brunch = breakfast + lunch – a combination of breakfast and lunch.

Bollywood = Bombay + Hollywood – Film industry in Mumbai.

Blaxploitation = black + exploitation – an ethnic subgenre of the exploitation film that emerged in the United States during the early 1970s.

Blushing = blood + rushing – red in face from embarrassment or shyness.

Chillax = chill + relax – to calm down.

Chortle = chuckle + snort – laugh in a noisy gleeful manner.

Cosplay = costume + role play – the practice of dressing up as a character from a film, book.

Dramedy = drama + comedy – a comedy having dramatic moments.

Edutainment = education + entertainment – video games and T.V. programmes which are educational and enjoyable.

Electrocute = Electric + execute – injure or kill someone by electric shock.

Fantabulous = fantastic + fabulous – excellent.

Foryo = frozen + yogurt – a frozen dessert made of yogurt.

Frankenfood = Frankenstein + food – genetically modified food

Frenemy = friend + enemy – a friend who acts like an enemy

Ginormous = gigantic + enormous – very big, huge

Hangry = hunger + angry – one who is angry due to hunger.

Horrendous = horrible + tremendous – extremely horrifying and unpleasant.

Infomercial = information + commercial – an advertisement aimed at educating the customer 

Interrobang = interrogation + bang – a combination of question mark and exclamation mark. One on top of the other.

Jangle = jingle + dangle – sound made when metals hit against each other.

Mockumentary = mockery + documentary – a short film that spoofs the documentary form.

Moped = motor + pedal – light motorcycle with engine capacity less than 50 cc

Never = not + ever – not in past present or future.

Newscast = news + broadcast – broadcasting of news in television or radio.

Podcast = iPod + broadcast – a recording of audio or video that can be downloaded from the net.

Prequel = previous + sequel – a work that forms part of a back-story to the preceding work

Screenager = screen + teenager – a teenager obsessed with screen entertainment.

Shopaholic = shop + alcoholic – one who is addicted to shopping.

Sitcom = situational + comedy – situations made into comedic stories lasting for about 30 minutes.

Smog = smoke + fog – a fog made heavier and darker by smoke and chemical fumes

Spork = spoon + fork – a spoon with fork like edge.

Telethon = television + marathon – a very long television programme.

Wikipedia = wiki + encyclopedia – online encyclopedia made by collaborative efforts.

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