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Commentary > China Post > Daniel J. Bauer
By now we are all familiar with what a news-maker Donald J. Trump (Mr. T) is. For the past 18 months, he has proven adept at shocking and dismaying the public approximately every 24 hours. It is Friday morning as I write these words for possible publication on Sunday.
A student at Taoyuan Sinwu Junior High School has recently surprised observers (and one of his teachers) by unconventional, even "strange" behavior. His strange actions do not fall into the category of "strange" as negative or irritating, but rather "strange for the good," we might say. For the past half a year, this student has been writing poems for his daily communication homework for his teacher.
Several of my reader-friends, including a native speaker of English, have saddened me recently by telling me that my words on page 4 here sometimes confuse them.
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A reader recently told me on a postcard that he found my columns entertaining. This of course pleased me greatly. One way to entertain readers, I think, is to appeal to their sense of variety.
In a moment I'll try to say something worth our time about the photogenic Hollywood couple Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, who announced this past week their impending divorce. I'll also offer a view on the decision of a couple much closer to home that is also attracting headlines these days.
Welcome to a continuation of a discussion about what I call "tricky words or expressions" in the use of English. We are here for Part II, which builds on Part I, my column of Sept. 4.
Republic of China Vice-President Chen Chien-jen attended the canonization ceremony for Mother Teresa last weekend. His visit to Rome carried significance beyond the celebrations for the new saint. Rumors are flying that the Vatican is near an historic breakthrough on understandings with officials in Beijing. Any large change in that particular status quo would surely affect Taiwan.
This column is not about baseball, although it may at first appear to be. I focus today rather on the use of English language in moments that could seem to be a little "tricky."
Any thinking person could quickly tick off a list of concerns that come to mind in the wake of the violence that broke out within steps of the Taipei District Court last Wednesday after a legal proceeding in the so called "cat-death trial."
Events are unfolding every few minutes these days at the Olympic Games in Rio. Those events affect the whole world in ways large and small. It is all very exciting, inspiring, and at times surprising. News from the Olympics may occasionally also be sad.
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