The first word that Helen Keller learned was water. Her tutor took Helen’s hand, poured water over it, and then spelled out W-A-T-E-R in Helen’s palm. Helen made the association between the writing in her palm and the water. After this breakthrough, Helen learned 30 more words that day. biography.com/activist/he…
Today I learned of Kim Peek, the Inspiration for the Award winning movie 'Rainman'. A megasavant,he is fast reader, reading the left page of the book with his left eye at the same time the right page with his right eye. He has memorized the words in the 12000 books he finished. aruma.com.au/about-us/blo…
A guy awoke form a coma and this first words were "I want Taco Bell". grubstreet.com/2016/05/ma…
The word "checkmate" is derived from the Persian shāh māt ("the king is helpless"). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Che…
Hemp was commonly used to make sail canvas. The word "canvas" is derived from the word cannabis. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hem…
Whitesnake's 1987 no. 1 hit song, Here I Go Again, was actually a re recording of their 1982 version that never charted. There is only a one word difference in the lyrics. They changed "hobo" to "drifter" to ensure it was no longer mistakenly heard as homo. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Her…
During the Siege of Syracuse (213-212 BC), Greek mathematician Archimedes refused to abandon the geometry equation he was working on during a battle. His last words before being killed by a Roman soldier were: β€œDon't disturb my circles!” en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
English has alternating stress patterns that indicate whether related words are nouns (first syllable stressed) or verbs (second syllable stressed) as in noun: rΓ©cord, verb: recΓ³rd; noun: cΓ³ntract, verb: contrΓ‘ct, etc. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apo…
The word "Walkman" became so popular in the German language as a generic term for a personal stereo that in 2002 the Austrian Supreme Court ruled that any brand, not just Sony, could use that word to describe such a device. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wal…
English has a subtle stress pattern to identify the Noun or Verb in a related word. For example Record; *Re*cord (N) and Re*cord* ; *Con*tract (N) and Con*Tract* (V) ; *Re*fuse (N) and Re*fuse*. onestopenglish.com/ask-th…
In his songs, Chuck Berry articulated every word, with precise diction and no noticeable accent, leading some listeners and concert promoters, used to a different kind of rhythm-and-blues singer, to initially think he was white. Teenagers didn't care about his race adn.com/nation-world/2017…
"Charlie" as used to refer to enemies in movies like Forrest Gump comes from the spoken alphabet, where the words "Victor Charlie" meant the letters VC = Viet Cong. As this was used a lot in radio communications, over time it became shortened to just "Charlie". elrelojdesol.com/en/jihad…
The Japanese word for β€œbrown” is θŒΆθ‰² (cha-iro). The first character means β€œtea”, and the second one means β€œcolour”. Thus, literally translated, it means β€œtea colour”. japandict.com/%E8%8C%B6%E…
The light atop a Hollywood record company building has been quietly blinking-out messages in Morse code since first being turned-on in 1956 --by Morse's own granddaughter. (The default message is one word, but it once revealed an album release date: β€œKaty Perry. Prism. October 22, 2013.") atlasobscura.com/places/c…
For every child born or adopted in Wales, the Welsh government will plant a native Welsh broadleaf tree. The scheme is called Plant! – the Welsh word for children. naturalresources.wales/ab…
The word "moron" was coined in 1910 by psychologist Henry H. Goddard to classify someone with an IQ of 51-70. "Imbeciles" were 26-50 and "idiots" were 0-25. So for a time, a moron was literally smarter than an idiot. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mor…
When Roman soldiers stopped the late senator Cicero, his last words were β€œThere is nothing proper about what you are doing, soldier, but do try to kill me properly”, then bowed to the soldiers and was decapitated. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Per…
Today I learned of Charles Ramsey, a Cleveland man who was key in the rescue of 3 women & a child from over a decade of captivity in a neighbor's home. When word got out he was eating a Big Mac when he heard a woman's cries for help, over a dozen Ohio restaurants pledged to offer him a free burger anytime. npr.org/sections/thetwo-w…
The National Spelling Bee titled 8 Co-Champions after running out of words in a 3.5 Hour Final. Starting with 562 Contestants, the Final Eight continued for 20 Straight Rounds of Spelling Words without any errors. theguardian.com/sport/201…
The word "eggcorn", defined by Merriam-Webster as "a word or phrase that sounds like and is mistakenly used in a seemingly logical or plausible way for another word or phrase", such as "all intensive purposes" instead of "all intents and purposes". npr.org/sections/thetwo-w…
Scotland re-established its parliament in 1999 after the Scotland Act (1998) was passed by the British parliament after a referendum. One of the first words spoken in the Parliament were, "The Scottish Parliament, which adjourned on March 25, 1707, is hereby reconvened." - Dr. Ewing. abc.net.au/news/2014-08-2…
Because UK television wasn't allowed to use the word "ninja" in kids' programming titles in the 1980s, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles became known as Hero Turtles there. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nin…
Dogs are as intelligent as the average two-year-old child. Researchers have found that dogs are capable of understanding up to 250 words and gestures, can count up to five and can perform simple mathematical calculations. telegraph.co.uk/news/scie…
The constitution of Monaco is the world’s shortest constitution by word count at 3,814 words, while the longest constitution is India’s at 146,385 words. history.com/news/which-co…
We call lions "King of the Jungle" even though they don't live in the jungle because of a translation error. The orginal phrase in Hindi was "King of the Wasteland" but their word for Wasteland sounds like the word jungle. bbcearth.com/blog/%3Farti…
Chicago's guitarist Terry Kath last words were "Don't worry about it ... Look, the clip is not even in it" while playing with a pistol, putting it to his temple. Unbeknownst to Kath, there was a round in the chamber. He died instantly from the gunshot. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ter…
An Australian man typed every number from one to one million in words on his typewriter. It took him a total of 16 years to complete. sunshinecoastdaily.com.au…
In 1980, a Somali government prisoner was sentenced to life in solitary confinement. He contemplated suicide until the prisoner in the next cell tapped out the words of a book in modified Morse code. npr.org/2017/09/11/550058…
Matt Groening named his show The Simpsons because he thought it was funny to have the word simp (short for simpleton) in their name. smithsonianmag.com/arts-c…
Coca-Cola once held a promotion in Canada. They randomly printed an English word and a French Word inside bottle caps to one of their products. They wound up apologizing to a family because their bottle cap said, "YOU RETARD" on it. In French, the word 'retard' means 'late'. ctvnews.ca/mobile/canada/…
When you see the writing credits for a movie, the word β€œand” between names means the writers worked separately and an ampersand (i.e., β€œ&”) between names means they were a writing team. raindance.org/what-an-amp…
The word with the most meanings in English is the verb 'set', with 430 senses listed in the Second Edition of the Oxford English Dictionary, published in 1989. The word commands the longest entry in the dictionary at 60,000 words, or 326,000 characters. guinnessworldrecords.com/…
The White House was completely gutted and reinforced with steel beams in 1949-50. It was only standing, in the words of the Public Buildings Administration commissioner, β€œby force of habit.” mashable.com/2016/01/06/w…
"fart" is one of the oldest words in the English language, and can be traced back to its Proto-Indo-European roots through its cognates in other European languages and Sanskrit en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Far…
The British invented the word "soccer" 200 years ago, as slang for association football ("assoc."-er). It only lost popularity in the '80s, when the term became "too American" theatlantic.com/internati…
The words "ton" and "tonne" refer to different units of weight. A British ton, or "gross ton" is 2,240 pounds or 1,016.047 kg. A US ton, or "net ton" is equal to 2,000 pounds or 907.1847 kg. A tonne, or "metric ton" is equal to 1,000 kg. blog.harwardcommunication…
A pigeon, Gustav, carried the first word of the Normandy invasion back to the British mainland in WW2, as the fleet underwent radio silence at that time. He flew 150 miles in 5 hours 16 minutes. He was awarded the Dickin Medal for bravery. He died after the war by being accidentally stepped on. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gus…
The word 'Eskimo' is considered derogatory and was a word used by non-native colonizers to refer to people living in the Arctic regions npr.org/sections/goatsand…
A mom woke up after a 27 year coma, and her first word was her son’s name nbcnews.com/news/world/do…
"Orange" as a color was named after the fruit. Before oranges were discovered, "geoluread" (yellowred) was the English word used to describe it. oranges.com/orange-the-co…
The word "Jedi" originated from the Japanese term "Jidaigeki," which refers to a drama set, set during the Edo period of Japanese history, when samurais were still in activity. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jed…
Today I learned that the Icelandic band Sigur Ros felt so strongly that music was more than words they made up their own language for one of their albums. music.avclub.com/icelandi…
The word β€œdude” originally referred to an extremely well-dressed male from the East Coast and was slang for cowboys who catered to such city-slickers on β€œdude ranches”, or guest ranches. In the 1960s and 70s it evolved to its current usage starting out with surfer culture. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dud…
Today I learned about a unit of 'shyness' called a dirac, named after the famous theoretical physicist and father of quantum physics, Paul Dirac. Known for his succinctness, his colleagues jokingly defined 1 dirac as 1 word per hour. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pau…
Russia built a city in China as the terminus for the Trans-Siberian railway. Its Chinese name, Dalian, comes from the Russian word for "far away". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dal…
The word "amethyst" means "not drunk" because of an Ancient Greek belief that drinking from an amethyst cup would prevent intoxication. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ame…
Today I learned of Trish Vickers, a blind author who wrote 26 pages of her first novel without realising her pen had run out of ink. The local police force used their forensic lab to find the missing words, and the book was published on the day of her death. bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england…
Shigeru Miyamoto got the inspiration to create Starfox when walking through the gates at Fushimi Inari shrine. He thought it would be great if they could fly through the gates. The word Inari means fox and Starfox was born. tay.kinja.com/exploring-t…
A.m/p.m came from the Latin words ante meridiem (a.m.) meaning "before noon" and post meridiem (p.m.) meaning "after noon". rd.com/article/what-does-…
The name "Idaho" is not a Native American word, but a completely made-up word that George M. Willing coined after meeting a little girl named "Ida." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ida…
Astrophysicists use the word "spaghettification" to describe what happens to matter that is dropped through a black hole. kipac.stanford.edu/highli…
The word β€œloot” came from Hindi and Sanskrit on India during colonial times until England adopted it into the English language mentalfloss.com/article/4…
"Eenie meenie miney mo" used to have the n-word in place of "tiger" in it vox.com/2014/5/21/5732258…
Floccinaucinihilipilification is the longest non-technical word in the English language. It refers to the habit of dismissing things as useless en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Flo…
Today I learned about Kevinism in Germany. BThe word describes the fact that, for example, when a child is called "Kevin" or "Chantal", teachers believe that this child comes from an educationally disadvantaged home. The increase form "Alpha-Kevin" describes a teenager who is ignorant but also very stupid. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kev…
Newspeak from "Nineteen Eighty-Four" is based on an actual language proposal - Basic English, a proposed easy-to-learn version of English with only 850 core words. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New…
The ancient Indian epic Mahabharata is the longest poem ever written with 200,000 verses and 1.8 million words. It was orally transmitted for centuries before being written down 2500 years ago. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mah…
On August 16, 1858, Queen Victoria sent a message of approximately 100 words to U.S. President James Buchanan. It took nearly seventeen hours to transmit by Morse code through about 2,500 miles of cable at a depth of often more than two miles. racingnelliebly.com/weird…
The form of the pledge used today was largely devised by Francis Bellamy in 1892, and formally adopted by Congress as the pledge in 1942. The most recent alteration of its wording came on Flag Day in 1954, when the words "under God" were added. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ple…
Proto-Germanic tribes created the word "bear" out of fear that using its true name, "arkto" would cause it to appear. This is considered by some to be the oldest known euphemism. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bea…
Today I learned of longest ever US presidential inauguration speech was made by William Henry Harrison running 8445 words. the speech was so long, and the weather so terrible, that Harrison caught pneumonia and died on April 4th, making him the shortest reigning US president ever. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
Today I learned about contronyms, single words that have contradictory meanings like dust (to add particles, or to remove particles) dailywritingtips.com/75-c…
The 'G' on Speed Racer's shirt stands for "Go", his name in the original manga and the 'M' on the hood of the Mach 5 stands for "Mifune Motors." The name of the series, Mach GoGoGo has a triple meaning: "Mahha-gō" is the name of the car; the main character is Gō Mifune; and the English word "Go" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spe…
The British Standards Institute produced a 5000+ word report on how to make a perfect cup of tea, including implements and equipment, ideal temperature and when to add milk. iso.org/standard/73224.ht…
Huy Fong Foods (maker of Sriracha) has never advertised its products and doesn't employ a single salesperson β€” all their success is based on word of mouth. huyfong.com/history/
On July 4, 1826, While On His Deathbed, Former President John Adams Last Words Were "Jefferson Still Survives", Refering To Former President Thomas Jefferson, Who Unknown To Adams, Had Died Hours Earlier, On The Same Day. cnn.com/2018/07/04/us/joh…
When on tour, Queen would play their own version of Scrabble they called "Death Scrabble". They would have intense games through the night till morning.The highest single word laid down was by Brian, with the word Lacquers, worth 168 points. Freddie never forgave him for that. youtu.be/uw4ztyeOzNQ
The 9th president of the USA William Henry Harrison, contracted and subsequently died of pneumonia after performing A exhausting 8,445 word speech in subzero conditions with no coat or gloves for warmth. history.com/this-day-in-h…
The traditional British style of dropping the "R" sound at the end of words didn't become popular until the late 1700s, meaning that the rhoticity found in North American English or the West Country of England is the older form of pronunciation. bbc.com/culture/article/2…
It is considered bad luck to say the word "Macbeth" in a theater production, which is why production's refer to it as "The Scottish Play" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
In 1739, Benjamin Franklin was pivotal in the commencement of American paper currency and anti-counterfeit measures. He even went as far as intentionally misspelling words and using leaf imprints to fool counterfeiters. bellevuerarecoins.com/ben…
Almost every word Neil deGrasse Tyson says in COSMOS was written by Carl Sagan’s wife, Ann Druyan wikipedia.org/wiki/Cosmos…
There's no words in Spanish that started with the letter W. spanishdict.com/answers/1…
A orchidectomy to check for cancer is completely unnecessary because the risk of a needle biopsy spreading cancer is completely theoretical and has never happened in the real word. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
In 1970 the mafia successfully had the words "Mafia" removed from official US Justice Dept documents, The Godfather movie script and for Macy's to stop selling "The Godfather Game". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ita…
The word cheesecake has sexual connotations and was used in the 1660s to describe promiscuous women womenyoushouldknow.net/ch…
The Haredi (ultra-Orthodox) sect of Judaism and the Quaker sect of Christianity are both named after the exact same word (Isaiah 66:2): "Yet to such a one I look: To the poor and brokenhearted, who 'quakes' (Χ—ΦΈΧ¨Φ΅Χ“ in the original Hebrew, pronounced 'hared') before my word" momentmag.com/jewish-word…
Today I learned about Roman soldier Pantera. In Celsius' "The true word" Jesus was depicted as the result of an affair between his mother Mary and this soldier. Both the ancient Talmud and medieval Jewish writings reinforced this notion, referring "Yeshu ben Pantera", which means "Jesus, son of Pantera" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tib…
The word "hundred" hasn't always referred to exactly 100 it was sometimes 120. 120 can now be called a "Long Hundred" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lon…
Archimedes was killed by a Roman soldier during the Seige of Syracuse in 212 BC, despite orders that he not be harmed. His last words were "Don't disturb my circles!" hellenicaworld.com/Greece…
β€œstrengthed” and β€œscraunched” are both the longest words with only one syllable. guinnessworldrecords.com/…
The word potassium is derived frm 'potash.' This preindustrial way to produce water-soluble possasium was by burning plant matter then soaking the ashes with water in a pot. wikidiff.com/potas
Back in 2010, a man named Jon McLoone ran 15 million computer simulation of the game Hangman and found out that the most difficult word for that program to guess is "Jazz". blog.wolfram.com/2010/08/…
The word "colonel" is pronounced "kernel"because the French wanted to have the "R" sound in the word, instead of the two "L" sounds. learningenglish.voanews.c…
Ketchup originates from the Chinese word kΓ΄echiap, for"fish sauce", which British traders made popular in the West by importing it from Asia in the 18th century; only afterward did tomatoes replace fish as ketchup's main ingredient thetakeout.com/why-is-ket…
"Frisbee" is a trademarked name, and any organised frisbee-utilising sports (e.g. Ultimate, disc golf) legally can't use the word in their names en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fri…
The name Woodchuck for groundhogs doesn't have anything to do with wood. It's thought to be a corruption of the Native American words wejack, woodshaw, or woodchoock. It may have its roots in the Algonquian (or perhaps Narragansett) name for the animal: wuchak. nationalgeographic.com/ne…
The song β€˜Surfin Bird’ by The Trashmen is actually a mash up of two songs by doo-wop group The Rivingtons; β€˜The Bird’s the Word’ and β€˜Papa-Oom-Mow-Mow’. The Rivingtons were not originally credited on β€˜Surfin Bird’. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sur…
Traditional haiku poems must contain both a kireji ("cutting word") and a kigo (seasonal reference) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hai…
Designed by Benjamin Franklin, the first official circulation coin of United States was inscribed with the words "Mind Your Business" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fug…
Today I learned that β€˜The Rule is Not "A" Before Consonants and "An" Before Vowels’, the rule is actually based around the sound of the word. For example: He has a unique point of view on the subject and talked about it for an hour. writersdigest.com/.amp/wr…
The Singular Word for "Spaghetti" is Spaghetto. Not to be confused with the Campbell's brand SpaghettiO bonappetit.com/story/spag…
The motto of the state of Maryland is archaic Italian: "Fatti maschii, parole femine" (facts are masculine, words are feminine) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Zucchinis and pumpkins are actually members of the same species, and the word "zucchini", in fact, comes from the Italian word for "pumpkin". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zuc…
In the 1931 film City Lights, Charlie Chaplin made an actress do 342 takes of a scene where she says two words: "Flower sir?" - despite it being a silent film edition.cnn.com/2013/12/1…
After a woman murdered her husband and attempted suicide, their pet parrot who was the sole witness began repeating what's thought to have been their last conversation, including the words: "Don't shoot!" independent.co.uk/news/wo…
The words "charity", "cheer", and "cherish" all share the same root as "whore", from the Proto-Indo-European word for "dear; loved" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dou…
Porch roofs on old houses in the American South are sometimes painted blue to scare off "haints," a variation of the word "haunt" referring to ghosts or spirits. Blue is the color of water, and ghosts supposedly can't cross water. today.com/home/what-haint…
Until the 1970's, the words moron, imbecile and idiot were actually medical diagnosis mentalfloss.com/article/1…

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