101 American English Riddles: Understanding Language and by Harry Collis

By Harry Collis

Юмористические загадки с комическими иллюстрациями помогут студентам, изучающим английский язык, получить новую способность проникновения в суть американского языка и культуры. Каждая загадка сопровождается поясняющим текстом, который помогает понять основные лингвистические и культурные причины забавности шутки.Humorous riddles with comedian illustrations aid ESL scholars achieve new insights into American language and tradition. each one riddle is observed by means of textual content that is helping scholars take hold of and grasp the underlying linguistic and cultural explanation why the comic story is humorous.

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None can do so. Next, the father asks them to break the rods one by one. They easily break every rod. ‘‘My sons,’’ the old man tells them, ‘‘if you are all of the same mind, then no one can do you any harm, no matter how great his power. ’’ During the summer of 1776, as members of the Continental Congress were designing a seal for the United States of America, Jefferson recalled Aesop’s fable and suggested that instead of a coat of arms, a more appropriate emblem for the United States of America would be an image of the father presenting the bundle of rods to his sons.

Thomas later expressed pride in his father’s curiosity and desire for knowledge. 27 The library Thomas Jefferson inherited from his father formed a curious collection of practical and pleasurable works. He received the few law books his father had owned, the most substantial being A Collection of Proceedings and Trials against State Prisoners by the prolific historical writer Thomas Salmon. Apparently the work did not survive the fire at Shadwell, but Jefferson later acquired another copy of Salmon’s Collection—from his father-in-law.

William Sherlock’s Practical Discourse Concerning Death was better known in colonial Virginia, but copies of Drelincourt, mostly in English translation, were not unusual. Drelincourt’s Consolations had a fine contemporary reputation. Daniel Defoe, in his short story ‘‘A Relation of the Apparition of Mrs. ’’25 A prefatory note to the English translation of Drelincourt’s text suggests that the book made an ideal present for the bereaved, an aspect of it that helps date Jefferson’s acquisition. 26 Peter Jefferson’s death was not unanticipated.

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