Today’s Latin Phrase: Utinam barbari spatium proprium tuum invadant!

May barbarians invade your personal space!

Viral Marco: A really cute kid speaks French!

History Schmistory: January 28. “Dear Horace, I just had a happy accident.”

1754: The first use of the word “serendipity” in the English language is noted in a letter from Horace Walpole to Horace Mann. A letter between Horaces! Walpole said he formed it from the Persian fairy tale The Three Princes of Serendip, whose heroes “were always making discoveries, by accidents and sagacity, of things they were not in quest of”. Mann convinced Walpole to truncate the fledgling term from the original; “Serendipity-doo-dah.”

Serendipity by Nila Sivatheesan, April 7, 2014 via Flickr, Creative Commons Attribution.

Serendipity by Nila Sivatheesan, April 7, 2014 via Flickr, Creative Commons Attribution.

History Schmistory: September 4. La La Land!

1781: Los Angeles, California is founded as El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora La Reina de los Angeles de Porciuncula,  (The Village of Our Lady, the Queen of the Angels of Porziuncola), which seems like a silly name for a city, until you see this…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo by Eyreland (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Here are some more ridiculously long city names. Shouldn’t there be a limit? How irritating would it be to have to send a package to Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaturipukakapikimaungahoronukupokaiwhenuakitanatahu?

MarcoWord (French): Joyeux Noël (Merry Christmas)

Today’s MarcoWord (French): Joyeux Noël. Merry Christmas. Joyeux Noël, my French friend. Whoa, change one letter and ‘French friend’ looks like ‘French Fried!’ Cool!”

 

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Grocerymania, Joyeux Noel Metro 1960, via flick, creative commons contribution

 

MarcoWord (German): Fröhliche Weihnachten (Merry Christmas)

Today’s MarcoWord (German): Fröhliche Weihnachten. Merry Christmas. Fröhliche Weihnachten! Can I pay in Euros?”

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Today’s MarcoWord (Indonesian): Selamat Hari Natal (Merry Christmas)

Today’s MarcoWord (Indonesian): Selamat Hari Natal. Merry Christmas. Selamat Hari Natal, fellow Indonesioners!”

Today’s MarcoWord (Croatian): Sretan Bozic (Merry Christmas)

Today’s MarcoWord (Croatian): Sretan Bozic. Merry Christmas. Sretan Bozic! You think Christmas in Zadar is huge–you should check out Dubrovnik!”

Today’s MarcoWord (Arabic): I’d Miilad said oua sana saida (Merry Christmas)

Today’s MarcoWord (Arabic): I’d Miilad said oua sana saida. Merry Christmas. I’d Miilad said oua sana saida! Any luck finding a Christmas tree out here in the desert? “

MarcoWord (Italian): Buon Natale (Merry Christmas)

Or ‘Buone Feste!’ (Happy Holidays!)

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