Everything Has Beauty

Dec 16, 2019

FUN WITH WORDS

All info comes from the book Fun With Words by Mitchell Symons. All photos are my own.

everything has beauty

word of the day: Fillip – the technical term for snapping your fingers

“It was for the best so nature had no choice but to do it” ~ Marcus Aurelius

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.

“Do not go gentle into that good night.” ~ Dylan Thomas

Phrases first invented or popularized by William Shakespeare:

  • ‘A fool’s Paradise’ (Romeo and Juliet)
  • ‘A tower of Strength’ (Richard III)
  • ‘Breathe one’s last’ (Henry VI, Part 3)
  • ‘Come full circle’ (King Lear)
let me rest here awhile
where it’s safe and dry
not a raindrop can ruffle
these pretty little feathers
~ HCMorris

Dunce’s Cap

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.)

let it snow

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!!

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