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October 16, 2012
★~ Dictionary Day:
Noah Webster, considered the father of the American dictionary, was born 254 years ago today. Webster was a lexicographer, journalist and author who was descended from Gov. William Bradford of Plymouth. He published his first dictionary of the English language in 1806, and a dozen years later, the first edition of his “An American Dictionary of the English Language,” with 12,000 words that had not appeared in any earlier dictionary. He published a second edition in 1840.
Webster changed the spelling of many words in his dictionaries to make them more phonetic, which explains why many English words are spelled differently in differently countries.
Celebrate Dictionary by opening or clicking onto a dictionary, and learn a few new words. There are some doozies at World Wide Words, where a list of “weird words” is maintained. Here is one to get your started: KATZENJAMMER: a hangover; anxiety or jitters; a discordant clamor.
★~ National Boss’s Day:
Boss’s Day dates back to 1958 when State Farm Insurance employee Patricia Bays Haroski registered the date with the government. Haroski wanted to honor her father (who was also her boss!) for all the advice he gave to her and her siblings throughout their careers. She chose his birthday as the date for this special holiday!
Why not buy your boss a cup of coffee today in celebration of National Boss’s Day!
★~ Liqueur Day:
Liqueurs are the key ingredients that are essential to most cocktails. In fact, the classic ones usually call for a small amount as a secondary or tertiary ingredient. Liqueurs are often referred to as spirits and are a delightful concoction of alcohol infused with fruits, flowers, nuts, herbs or spices.
While many of these liqueurs are expensive purchases, some can be made from the contents of your liquor cabinet, spice rack and fresh produce. Check out our list below for homemade liqueur recipes ripe for your alcohol cabinet (or refrigerator!):
Triple sec (with oranges and sugar)
Drambuie (with fennel, honey and angelica root)
Sambuca (with anise and honey)
Grand Marnier (with cognac and orange zest)
Frangelico (with angelica root, vanilla and hazelnuts)
Cointreau (with brandy and oranges)
★~ Today in History:
♥~ 1793 – Queen Marie Antoinette lost her head in a guillotine incident (she had been found guilty of treason) on this day. On the scaffold she accidentally stepped on the executioner’s foot, and her last words were, “Monsieur, I ask your pardon. I did not do it on purpose.”
♥~ 1955 – Mrs. Jules Lederer made news. She replaced Ruth Crowley as a columnist in 26 newspapers. Mrs. Crowley, a writer of advice to the lovelorn, had died in July of 1955 and was replaced by the woman whose advice column was seen in hundreds of newspapers. She wrote under the famous pen name, Ann Landers.‘Eppie’ Lederer, who died June 22, 2002, was also the twin sister of another advice columnist, Abigail Van Buren.
♥~ 1972 – John C. Fogerty and Creedence Clearwater Revival called it a career … and the group disbanded. Fogerty would continue in a solo career with big hits including, Centerfield and The Old Man Down the Road.
♥~ 2010 – German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that while immigrants are welcome in Germany, they must learn the language and accept the country’s cultural norms. “This multicultural approach, saying that we simply live side by side and live happily with each other has failed.Utterly failed.”
♥~ Born Today:
♥~ 1854 – Oscar Wilde Irish wit, poet and playwright Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde was born at Dublin, Ireland. At the height of his career he was imprisoned for two years on a morals offense, during which time he wrote “A Ballad of Reading Gaol.” Best known of his plays is The Importance of Being Earnest. “We are all in the gutter,” he wrote in Lady Windermere’s Fan, “but some of us are looking at the stars.” Wilde died at Paris, France, Nov 30, 1900.
♥~ 1925 – Angela Lansbury Tony Award-winning actress: Mame , Dear World , Gypsy , Sweeney Todd ; Murder, She Wrote, Death on the Nile,Bedknobs and Broomsticks, Harlow, Blue Hawaii, The Manchurian Candidate, The Long Hot Summer, The World of Henry Orient, The Harvey Girls, Picture of Dorian Gray, National Velvet; voice: teapot: Beauty and the Beast
♥~ 1946 – Suzanne Somers (Mahoney) actress: Three’s Company, She’s the Sheriff, Step by Step, American Graffiti, Seduced by Evil
♥~ 1958 – Tim Robbins Academy Award-winning actor: Mystic River ; The Shawshank Redemption, Bull Durham, Short Cuts, Hudsucker Proxy; director: Dead Man Walking, Cradle Will Rock, Queens Supreme
★~ Did You Know: A few fun words to work into conversations. Some are foreign words. Others come from medical dictionaries and some are hobo slang.
Kummerspeck (German): Excess weight gained from emotional overeating. Literally, grief bacon.
Paper-belly: A person unable to drink liquor straight, or one who grimaces after drinking.
Petrichor: The clean, pleasant smell that accompanies rain falling on dry ground. It’s from the Greek petra (stone) and ichor (the blood of Greek gods and goddesses). The term was coined by two Australian researchers in 1964
Dysania: Having difficulty getting out of bed in the morning.
Karoshi (Japanese): Death from being overworked.
Lawn Mullet: A neatly manicured front yard and an unmowed mess in the back.
Koi No Yokan (Japanese): The sense upon first meeting a person that the two of you will fall in love.
Oldfangled: Old fashioned.
Zeg (Georgian): The day after tomorrow. Why don’t we have a word for the day after tomorrow?
Crwth: An ancient Celtic musical instrument. Comes in handy when you’ve got no vowels in Words With Friends.
Badinage: Playful, joking banter.
Pretzel-bender: 1. A peculiar person; an eccentric; one who thinks in a round-about manner. 2. A player of the French horn. 3. A wrestler. 4. A heavy drinker; one who frequents bars.
Glabella: The space between the eyebrows.
Tsktsks: Who knows? But it’s the longest vowel-free word you can play in Words With Friends (however, its play in WWF is only possible should you elect to use a blank tile as the second ‘K,’ since there is only one ‘K’ tile per game).
Gay-cat: A hobo not wise to the ways of hobo life; a hobo who is considered unacceptable by his fellows.
It’s Rant Tuesday so feel free to leave your rant in the comment section of Odd. I’m not sure what I will rant about today but I’m sure I’ll find something and when I do, you can be sure, I will be back to share my rant with you.
On entirely random note, because I’m curious at this exact moment (1:06am Tuesday morno) have you ever played the video game Tetris for a half an hour, or maybe an hour, or perhaps a little longer and then tried to type on a computer screen? So odd….you can still see the Tetris shape patterns and it is very distracting. Just thought I would share and see if this has ever happened to you.
Ok Bye. I need to get some sleep so I can jump up bright and early and take my boss out for a cuppa. Did I tell you a client brought me a dozen warm glazed donuts yesterday? A dozen. I was good tho and only ate two, I would have eaten more but I didn’t have anything planned for dinner and wanted to make sure Cole had something to eat. I’m a good mom that way…I even warmed the donuts up for him..so he had a hot dinner.
Wishing you a wonderful Tuesday! Ta-ta, toodle-loo
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