Why do we call some people “black sheeps”?

April 28th, 2010

Whenever we see someone in a pack of friends but he seems to not belong with them, we call that person a black sheep. Or when our favorite team has a player who doesn’t want to cooperate with the rest of the team. What about one of the siblings who doesn’t achieve any success and is a lazy bum unlike the rest of the family. Most families have at least one lazy person per family, that person is often called the black sheep. A black sheep is considered worthless, a normal sheep can produce wool that is useful. Nurturing a black sheep takes the same amount of time as a white one but the black wool has no value at all in the market. So raising a black sheep is a waste of time and often are considered  useless.

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Why is an important moment called”moment of truth”?

April 28th, 2010

The moment of truth is what the Spanish called the instant where a bullfighter choose to make the final slash of his sword and it was introduced into English by Ernest Hemingway. It was this American writer that wrote the novel Death In The Afternoon, it was written in 1932.  The instant the bullfighter does his last move is very crucial, it is a decisive moment for the bull and El Matador. So El momento de la verdad, or the moment of truth as it’s known in English, the phrase became associated with any big decisions.

Ernest Hemingway, was an influential writer born in Illinois, he wrote many important novels. He wrote in a distinctive style which is called the Iceberg Theory. He often never revealed the main part of the story and sidetracked a lot.

Why are Christmas Musicals Called “Carols”?

April 27th, 2010

Whenever there are festive events, we like to sing some songs about these extraordinary events. Carol’s are suppose to be joyful songs that have some religious link, most often it has some relation to Christmas. The main feature of a carol is repetition more often or not chorally or musically, repeating like a circle. The word carole entered the English language from the French language  at the dieing end of the 13th century. Anciently a carole was a ring dance around a circle, where men and women held hands and danced & sang around the circle.

Most of the time these carols are sang at Christmas parties but there are quite a few Easter carols too. There are some advent carols out there too. So if you’re quite the festive type, you might like to look them up.

The origins of the word “Window”?

April 27th, 2010

Window’s are an important part of every house. But there actual use appeared in the farm like many other human inventions.  The location it was invented in is somewhere in Scandinavia, early Norse homes were made for the human and it’s livestock. Up north the weather was very cold and livestock weren’t safe outside of a shelter. So this prompted a new design of home which included room for the humans and shelter for the livestock. They used the fire to warm the houses but the smoke would make it hard to breath. The Vikings decided to make holes in their houses which would become one of there most useful contributions to humankind. These openings in the structure were called vindr auga, which translates to “the wind’s eye”. Eventually the world travelled a bit south to the Briton Isles, where the word became window.

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Why is a fiasco something humiliating?

April 26th, 2010

Whenever we say something is a fiasco why does it mean it’s humiliating and a disaster. The word Fiasco is Italian in origin, it means a normal flask or bottle and comes from the opera. The audiences would greet a bad performance by shouting the slang “Ola Fiasco”. It was compared to a glass blower’s failed attempt at a stunning piece of art. Or it was dismissed as a common flask, the opera was a second hand event and a fiasco.

The fiasco is a Italian style wine bottle with a straw design bottom. The straw basket is normally made of swamp weed and Sala, its cleaned with sulfur. Fiasco was also called the receipt for red wine in old Italy.

Why is a not funny joke called “corny”?

April 26th, 2010

The word corny comes from mail order seed catalogues that existed in the early 20th century. The author of these catalogues wanted to increase the profits of his book and interest people in reading it too. The publishers helped the author by mixing in cartoon, jokes and riddles throughout the crop and garden book. These intriguing inserts were known to be very bad, very very bad. Since that every bad jokes were called corny catalogue jokes. But then the jokes simply became corny jokes and corny became associated with anything an failed attempt to something amusing.

Did you know corny is actually known as Maize, which resembles a lot to the french word Maïs which looks a lot like the Latin word.

Why is the Montreal Hockey team called “The Habs”?

April 25th, 2010

The club is in the only French province of Canada, Quebec, in a time where the province was often despised by the others, the club owners decided to dedicate the club to the Quebecois people. Habs is an abbreviation for the french word “Habitants”, so The Habs basically translates into “Les Habitants”. It’s english equivalent would mean something like “those who live here”. The C.H in their jersey stands for “Club de Hockey Canadien”. The Canadians these days are a shadow of their former selves, they did win the first Stanley Cup before the NHL was actually formed… I say they’re a shadow of their selves because they have been eliminated in the first round of the play offs for the last 11 years consecutively.

Did you know that when the club was founded only french speaking players were allowed to play for the team. Later though with politically changes […] Continue Reading…

Why do we say “I know it by heart”, when we know something?

April 24th, 2010

Whenever we know something 100%, when we know something like the back of our hand we say I know it by heart. When we know something by heart it means we repeated it a lot in our heart. See we repeat it in the head not in the heart but why do we use the heart as the epicenter of the expression. The process of repeating in your head is called learning by rote. Rote is from the latin word Rota and it means wheel. It is an analogy of repeating something in our heart many times to learn it, like a wheel that keeps rolling. The Greeks thought that it was from the heart we think and not the brain.

Did you know that the Greek language used in current day Greece is completely different from the ones used in the Forums of Athens millenniums ago by the Ancient […] Continue Reading…

The Use Of HDMI Connectors

April 23rd, 2010

HDMI, which is an abbreviation for High-Definition Multimedia Interface. It is starting to become a common thing in a normal household, even though it’s still somewhat considered an advance form of technology. It has rapidly become a favorable alternative to analog standards such as Radio Frequency (RF), Coaxial Cable, S-Video, VGA, PCs and Video Game Consoles.

To make use of the HDMI function you will need a good knowledge on how to make it work and need the tools essential for it.

There are four types of connectors, Type A & B are in HDMI 1.0 Specification, Type C is HDMI 1.3 Specification and Type D is 1.4 Specification.

Type A
Type A has 19 pins and bandwidth support for SDTV, EDTV and HDTV modes. The Type A connector is electrically compatible with single link DVI-D.

Type B
This connector has 29 pins and this can carry double the video bandwidth of Type A. For […] Continue Reading…

What Is A Sinus Headache?

April 22nd, 2010

A disease it is or maybe some kind of virus? It is more like a infection than a disease but still something bad for your body. Sinus Headaches are something very painful to have; they not only hurt your entire head but sometimes even below the head. The pain is dull and is felt throughout your head, in your cheeks, eyes and some other parts. What it is, it occurs when inflammation occurs in your air filled cavities around your eyes, noses and cheeks. Sinus headaches hurt you when you bend over, it will make you feel wake that is one of the obvious symptoms. The other symptoms are similar to migraines so it’s hard to identify a sinus headache. Also they start in the morning when you wake up and normally get better in the afternoon, but sometimes they just get worse.

Some Signs of Sinus Headaches:
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