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Letters On A Stamp Abbr – The Gauls were a Celtic race, with Gaul comprising what is now known as France and Belgium. Today we use the term “Gallic” when we refer to something related to France or the French language.
“The Adventures of Asterix” is a series of comics originally published in French starting in 1959. The French version was a very popular choice for us as kids when we had to read some French “literature” at school .
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October is the tenth month on our calendar, but was the eighth month in the ancient Roman calendar, hence the prefix “octo-“. Then there were only ten months in the year. “Ianuarius” (January) and “February” were then added as the eleventh and twelfth months of the year. Soon after, the year was reset and January and February became the first and second months.
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A blood moon is also known as the hunter’s moon or blood moon. It is the first full moon after the harvest moon (the full moon closest to the autumnal equinox). The name comes from the tradition of hunting for food in the fall to store food for the winter.
Edward James Olmos is a Mexican-American actor. I remember Olmos most as the lieutenant who was the boss of Crockett and Tubbs on television’s “Miami Vice.”
Bowling has been around for an awfully long time. The oldest known reference to the game is in Egypt, where pins and balls were found in an ancient tomb that is more than 5,000 years old. The first form of the game to come to America was nine-pin bowling, which had been very popular in Europe for centuries. In 1841 in Connecticut, nine-pin bowling was banned because of its association with gambling. After all, an extra pin was added to get around the ban, and ten-pin bowling was born.
A friend is a friend. The term “chum” originated in the late 1600s as an alternative spelling for “cham”. In turn, “cham” was a shortened form of “kammermaat”, a roommate at university.
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The character James Bond was the creation of author Ian Fleming. Fleming “stole” the James Bond name from an American ornithologist. The number “007” was “stolen” from the real, 16th century English spy named John Dee. Dee would sign his reports to Queen Elizabeth I with a stylized “007” to indicate that the reports were for “her eyes only”. There is an entertaining miniseries that aired on BBC America called “Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond” which chronicles the military career of Ian Fleming, and draws some nice parallels between Fleming’s experiences and aspirations and those of his hero James Bond. Recommended…
The word “thunder” precedes the word “lightning” in the expression “thunder and lightning”. Nevertheless, the thunder comes after the light in reality, at least for the observer. The observer sees the flash of lightning and seconds later hears the clap of thunder. That’s because light travels faster than sound.
The mythological creatures called mermaids are usually depicted with the head and upper body of a human female, and with the tail of a fish. The term “mermaid” comes from the Old English “mere” which means “sea, lake” and “meid” means “young woman”. The original mermaids were probably tail-less, with that “fishy” addition probably coming in comparison to classic sirens. The male equivalent of a mermaid is “merman”.
Ctrl-Alt-Delete is a keyboard command on IBM PC compatible systems used for a soft restart, or more recently to bring up the task manager in the Windows operating system. Bill Gates tells us that the command was originally just a device to use during development and was never intended to “go live”. He once said that “Ctrl + Alt + Delete” was a mistake, and that he preferred to have a dedicated key on the keyboard that performed the same function.
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Velours (also “velure”) is a plush, knitted textile traditionally made from cotton. It has the feel of velvet combined with the stretchiness of a knitted fabric.
Deism (from the Latin “deus” meaning god) is the belief that a supreme being created the universe, a belief based on observation and reason and without the need for faith. Furthermore, a deist does not accept divine intervention and prefers to believe that the supreme being, having created the universe, leaves the world to its own devices.
Etsy.com is an e-commerce website where you can buy and sell the kind of items you might find at a craft fair.
The Forever stamp for first class mail was introduced by the USPS in 2006 (and about time!). Now we have stamps that are good for first class mail forever, no matter how often the rates change.
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“Foyer”, meaning “lobby”, is a French word that we imported into English. In French, “foyer” is used for what we would call a “green room”, a place where actors can gather when they are not on stage or on set.
“Moana” is a 2016 animated feature film and the 56th animated Disney film. The title character is the daughter of a Polynesian chief who is looking for the demigod Maui, hoping that he can save her people.
A talon is a claw of a bird of prey. The term “talon” ultimately derives from “talus”, the Latin word for “ankle”.
Inventor Eli Whitney is best known for inventing the cotton gin. Whitney also came up with the important concept of “interchangeable parts”. Parts that are interchangeable may be swapped out of equipment or may be used in related designs.
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Vincent van Gogh was a Dutch post-impressionist painter who seems to have had a very tortured existence. Van Gogh painted only for the last ten years of his life, and enjoyed very little celebrity while alive. Today, many of his works are easily recognizable, and fetch staggering sums in auction houses. Van Gogh suffered from severe depression for much of his last years. When he was only 37, he ran into a field with a revolver and shot himself in the chest. He managed to drag himself back to the inn where he was staying, but died there two days later.
“Lady Gaga” is the stage name of Stefani Germanotta. Germanotta is a big fan of the band Queen, and she took her stage name from the beautiful Queen song titled “Radio Ga Ga”.
Umami is one of the five basic tastes, along with sweet, sour, bitter and salty. “Umami” is a Japanese word used to describe “a pleasant savory taste”. Umami was proposed as a basic taste in 1908, but it wasn’t until the mid-1990s that the scientific community finally accepted it as such.
In the most general sense, a meeting is a meeting at an agreed time and place. Usually we consider a tryst as a pre-arranged meeting between lovers. The term comes from the Old French “triste”, a waiting place designated during the hunt. Furthermore, a trist that takes place in the afternoon is sometimes referred to as a nooner.
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Urban Dictionary is a website founded in 1999 by a computer science student at Cal Poly. The site contains definitions of mainly slang terms, and is maintained by the site’s members.
In the NCAA Division I Basketball Championship, the teams remaining in various stages of the tournament are known as:
A mirage occurs when light rays are bent by passing from cold air to warmer air. The most cited mirage is a “lake” seen in a desert, which is actually the blue of the sky and not water at all. The word “mirage” comes to us via French from the Latin “mirare” meaning “to look in wonder”. “Mirage” has the same root as our words “admire” and “mirror”.
Cylindrical pasta is known in general as “penne”, and there are many varieties. For example, ziti is a particularly large and long tube with square ends. “Penne” is the plural of “penna”, the Italian for “feather, quill”.
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The famous surrealist Salvador Dalí was born in Figueres, Spain. A few years ago I had the privilege of visiting the Dalí Museum in Figueres, just north of Barcelona. If youever get the chance, it is a “must see” because it really is a very beautiful building with a fascinating collection of art.
“NoHo” is short for “North of Houston (street)”, and is the equivalent area for SoHo, south of Houston, both of which are located in New York City.
The main campus of the private New York University (NYU) is located right in Manhattan, in Washington Square in the heart of Greenwich Village. NYU has more than 12,000 resident students, the largest number of residents in a private school in the entire country. NYU’s sports teams are known as the Violets, a reference to the violet and white colors worn in competition. Since the 1980s, the school’s mascot has been a bobcat. “Bobcat” was the familiar name given to the computerized catalog of NYU’s Bobst Library.
Traditionally, a chaperone (often “chaperon” in Britain and Ireland) was a woman who accompanied a younger unmarried lady in public, with the term “chaperone” originating in France. The French word was used to mean “hood, cowl” back to the 12th century, a diminutive of “chape” meaning “cape”. So, our word “chaperone” has the same roots as our word “cape” and indeed