Category Archives: Etymology

Goest to Eleven

Weekend Competition: Thou Shalt Not… This weekend, co-vocabularists are invited to submit proposals for an eleventh commandment. Weekend Competition: Thou Shalt Not… – NYTimes.com Mine is #53. Goest thou and vote there for, early and often.      

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Forecast: Cloudy With Widely Scattered Pancakes

from Ben Schott: Pancake People Description of the Internet generation, whose knowledge is wide but shallow. Pancake People – NYTimes.com

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Tour du Jour, 27 Dec 10

Ngram du Jour Refrigerator vs Fridge Interesting! Why the peak during the war years? Why the decline until about 1968? Google Ngram Viewer Today in History 1831: HMS Beagle departs England, with Charles Darwin aboard. 1900: Carey Nation smashes her … Continue reading

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Tour du Jour, 26 Dec 10

Ngram du Jour Googol vs Google Google Ngram Viewer In about 1938, American mathematician Edward Kasner asked his 9 year old nephew Milton what would be a good name for a very large number.  Milton suggested “googol.” Kasner then used … Continue reading

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Tour du Jour, 25 Dec 10

Ngram du Jour Hamburger vs Pizza Google Ngram Viewer History du Jour 1741: First centigrade thermometer, by Anders Celsius. It was upside down, with the freezing point at 100, and boiling at 0! Everybody waited until he died to flip … Continue reading

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Tour du Jour, 24 Dec 10

Ngram du Jour: free love, cohabitation, hooked up Google Ngram Viewer Today in History: 1893: Henry Ford completes his first useful one-cylinder gas motor, which he tested in the kitchen with his wife. 1906: “Reginald A. Fessenden gave what is … Continue reading

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Ngram du Jour, 23 Dec 10

Whiskey and Cider, Beer and Wine    

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