Thursday, March 31, 2016
May barbarians invade your personal space!
Tuesday, March 29, 2016
Thursday, January 28, 2016
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.”
Friday, September 4, 2015
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?
Sunday, July 26, 2015
Fun Fact: Esperanto was the brain child of Dr. Ludwig Lazarus Zamenhof and was designed as a ‘universal language’ that would help foster global connections and communication. Unfortunately it was not the success Zamenhof had hoped. Today only 10,000, in the whole world, speak it fluently. Commiseration’s Dr. Z
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
1799 – The Rosetta Stone was found in the Egyptian village of Rosetta by French Captain Pierre-François Bouchard during Napoleon’s Egyptian Campaign. It unfortunately did not give them the ability learn a new language online. It did however have three different languages written on it (Greek, Demotic & Hieroglyphic!)
Thursday, July 9, 2015
1776 - Declaration of Independence was read to George Washington’s troops in New York. I am sure some must have wondered why they were still following the leader after they were told they were free. After all, they now had the unalienable right to life which war could take away.
Monday, December 22, 2014
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!”
Monday, December 22, 2014
Today’s MarcoWord (German): Fröhliche Weihnachten. Merry Christmas. “Fröhliche Weihnachten! Can I pay in Euros?”
Friday, December 19, 2014
Today’s MarcoWord (Indonesian): Selamat Hari Natal. Merry Christmas. “Selamat Hari Natal, fellow Indonesioners!”