Dec 16, 2019
FUN WITH WORDS
All info comes from the book Fun With Words by Mitchell Symons. All photos are my own.
word of the day: Fillip – the technical term for snapping your fingers
The word quiz was allegedly invented in 1780 by a Dublin theatre manager, who bet he could introduce a new word of no meaning into the language within twenty four hours.
Phrases first invented or popularized by William Shakespeare:
In Days gone by, children who underachieved at school would be put in the corner and made to wear a conical-shaped dunce’s cap. The first person to wear the dunce’s cap was the man after whom it was actually named: John Duns Scotus, a 14th century theologian who thought the conical hat would help him receive messages from God.
Fast forward a couple of centuries…philosophers were sneering at John Duns Scotus and all his followers. His followers were known as Dunses. Later, they were known as Dunces.
So, the conical-shaped dunce’s cap became associated with stupidity. (I don’t like that term, I just can’t think of anything else at the moment.)
Newspaper headline: Infertility unlikely to be passed on
Genuine Car Bumper Stickers: Not all dumbs are blonde
Wonderfully Titled Book: How to Avoid Huge Ships
(a 1982 book by Captain John W. Trimmer, a Master Mariner and Seattle harbor pilot…I looked it up!)
“It was a bright cold day in April,
and the clocks were striking thirteen.”
~ George Orwell (1984)
Hope you have a great day!
Thanks for stopping by!!