Neither a Borrower nor a Lender Be

At least not until you’re sure which one’s which. I often think about the two words to lend and to borrow, and how even native speakers often get them mixed up, even though they’re opposites.

Can I lend a pen from you?

Can you borrow me your pen?

I’ve often wondered why people would get them mixed up. But then these aren’t the only pair of opposites that are surprisingly close in the English language. Continue reading

Animator Wanted

I saw the above poster today and naturally my eye was drawn to that word: animations.

It needs to be said that this poster probably wasn’t written by a native English speaker, and by animations they probably didn’t mean cartoons, which is what most English speakers would take it to mean. So with that in mind: what do you think animations means here?

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