It’s Only A Dream…

Feb 10, 2020

Fun With Words

The info in this post comes from The Weird World Of Words by Mitchell Symons.


“It’s only a dream” ~ Alice

Obdormition: when an arm or leg goes to ‘sleep’ as a result of numbness caused by pressure on a nerve

“If life is a gift, can we get a refund on the lousy ones?”

Word that changed its meaning over time: Bimbo – from bambino – Italian word for ‘little child’, it once meant ‘fellow’ or ‘one of the boys’…

This Seat Is Mine

By Hook or By Crook

This phrase goes all the way back to medieval times, desperate for wood to use as fuel, were allowed to take branches and twigs that had fallen to the ground – even if it was on land owned by the ruling class. If a farmer had a reaper – which looked like a hook – or a shepherd using a crook (shepherd’s staff), they’d use these tools to gather as much wood as possible. In other woods, “by hook or by crook”.

Three’s Company

Genuine Names for Flowers and Plants

Old Man’s Beard
None So Pretty
Gill-Over-The Ground
Devil’s Snuffbox

Don’t grow up
It’s a trap
  • The shortest English word that contains the letters A, B, C, D, E, and F is feedback
  • SOS doesn’t stand for ‘Save Our Souls’, it was chosen during a 1908 international conference on Morse Code because the letters ‘S’ and ‘O’ were easy to remember. ‘S’ is dot dot dot, O is dash dash dash.
  • Resign has two opposed meanings depending on its pronunciation: ‘to quit’ or ‘to sign again’.

Some funny headlines:

Police Discover Crack in Australia
Man Recovering After Fatal Accident
Shell Found on Beach

“The beginning of wisdom is the definition of terms.” ~ Socrates

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