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Added April 2015 The history of the English language

 

IS ENGLISH AN ASIAN LANGUAGE?

 

HOW WORDS WERE ADDED TO ENGLISH

 

EXPLORING MIDDLE ENGLISH

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100 FOREIGN WORDS IN ENGLISH EXPLAINED

 

Playing with spoonerisms

 

Homonyms: Nearly 150 words with more than one  meaning

 

Homophones: 120 pairs of words that sound the same.

 

How to use your dictionary

 

Plurals of words ending with o

 

Words containing ie or ei

 

Where do I put the apostrophe?

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76 anagram puzzles An introduction to Anagrams

Be an editor

A guide to writing style for senior students

Plural of foreign words in English

Fractals and Fractal Thinking

The amazing Mandelbrot fractal

FOUR FUN ACTIVITIES:

The teeth in my bottom

A dramatic pea

The ET Hamburger

Jumble Sixes

WORD QUIZZES AND PUZZLES:

WordPower: Three word quizzes

Multiwords

More Quizzes Three of a kind: Clothing, food, words with 'elp', oddments

Six more puzzles Misfits, Odd One Out, Middle Meddles

Body Words Quiz

All about animals

Unreal Words Quiz

7 Brainbenders

3 Crossword Puzzles

The Great Big Enormous Word Feast

The Huge Gigantic Word Symphony

4 General Knowledge puzzles

Name your Nonsense

CREATIVE SEEING — INTERPRET AND EXPLAIN:

The ET Hamburger

What on Earth is this Thing?

Another Thing!

Two mystery photos

Four peculiar pictures

Exercise your creative mind

A COMPLETE MINI-COURSE IN CREATIVE WRITING:

8 lessons: Facts about fiction

ADVANCED CREATIVE WRITING:

Lines of thought

A cat is a table

Free flowing streams

Pictures and word flow

Skeleton stories  

Words, thesauruses and logic

Words, feelings and expression

Purple prose  ...

Listen to the silence

ADVANCED GUIDANCE AND REFERENCE PAGES

Figures of speech

Rules for writer's (fun!)

-ologies to feed your brain

About some -nyms

Unusual pairs  

 

The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World

 

Team Thinking: Activities for groups

 

WORDS IN HISTORY, HISTORY IN WORDS:

Only one rhinoceros: Will's wide word web All about Shakespeare.

Why does s look like f in old books?

The First Folio of Shakespeare 

Potions and spells

How to make oyntments

Words for food and drink

Stories behind 20 food words

DRAGONS AND OTHER UNPEOPLE

Here be dragons 

Words of the Unpeople

Beware of these horrors

WORDS FROM THE ANCIENT PAST & ECHOES OF THE ANCIENT GODS

Words about time

Days of the week

Months of the year

PROVERBS AND SAYINGS

100 Sayings

A BIT OF NONSENSE

Alas, poor Charlotte (silly poems just for fun)

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FOR TEACHERS — REPRINTS OF SOME PUBLISHED PAPERS

The gift of mentoring

Subjective objectivity

Investigating sensitivities

 

COPYRIGHT & COPYING

 

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THE BRAIN RUMMAGER

 

 

Welcome to Brian Barratt's English language website

for creative kids, gifted and talented students

& all people with enquiring minds!

 

A HUGE RANGE OF ACTIVITIES IN

ENGLISH LANGUAGE, CREATIVITY, WRITING,

THINKING & GENERAL KNOWLEDGE

 

 

Rummage around — there’s a lot in here...

... spoonerisms; word puzzles; plurals; words with one than one meaning (homonyms); words that sound the same (homophones); anagrams; words with ie in them; your dictionary; written expression; quizzes; creative thinking; creative writing; crossword puzzles; strange pictures; Aesop's Fables; Shakespeare's English; fractal thinking; an ET hamburger; weird creatures; the Mandelbrot fractal; proverbs and sayings; dragons; the Unpeople behind the dark; curious words and spellings; 17th century books; The First Folio of Shakespeare; letters of the alphabet; potions and spells; the Seven Wonders of the World; thinking skills; nonsense verse; and much, much more.

Many schools & educational websites round the world have linked to The Brain Rummager. Please add it to your Links and Bookmarks/Favourites!

What others have said about this website...

'Entertaining as well as educational.'

'A cornucopia of info, hints, tips.'

'Eclectic and fascinating.'

'A treasure house.'

'Amazing.'

 


 

ABOUT BRIAN BARRATT

Brian Barratt has had over half a century of professional experience with books and Education. He has been a bookseller, editor, publisher, author of schoolbooks, private tutor in English and thinking skills, class tutor in creative writing for adults, writing group leader in several schools, mentor to gifted students, judge of many writing competitions, regular writer on the Net, and curriculum editor for Australian national Tournament of Minds... among other things. He has writers, printers, bookbinders and booksellers in his ancestry since the 1700s.

He is a moderately/severely hearing handicapped (that's a politically correct way of saying very deaf) elderly gentleman who, since 1936, has lived and worked in four countries, in this order: England, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Australia.  He's lived in Melbourne since 1971.

 

 

SOME FACTS AND FIGURES ABOUT THIS WEBSITE

There are about 140 activity and information pages and over 380 working files.

There are nearly 3,000 internal links to help you move around.

There are over 200 pictures.

There are links to The Brain Rummager on about 100 other websites in Australia, New Zealand, the USA and Britain.

The Brain Rummager is visited and used by people in many, many countries. It is not possible to know who the visitors are. This site does not use cookies or spyware.

Over one-third  of visitors are in Australia.

Nearly one-third are in the USA

About 11% are in the UK.

About 7% are in New Zealand.

There are no pop-ups or advertisements. This is a free service to schools, teachers, students and lovers of words, with no commercial interests.

Please send your comments on how you use this website.

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