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‘Peruse’ Doesn’t Mean What Many People Think

‘Peruse’ Doesn’t Mean What Many People Think

Daven Hiskey July 28, 2010 9

Today I Found Out ‘peruse’ doesn’t mean what many people think it means. It turns out, “peruse” does not mean “to skim” or “to glance through” or “read quickly” or the like, as it

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Origin of the Term “Smart Alec”

Origin of the Term “Smart Alec”

Daven Hiskey July 26, 2010 4

Today I Found Out the origin of the term “Smart Alec”. It was once thought this term was simply generic and that Alec wasn’t actually a real person.  However, relatively recent research by various

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How Deaf People Think

How Deaf People Think

Daven Hiskey July 20, 2010 67

Today I Found Out how deaf people think in terms of their “inner voice”.  It turns out, this varies somewhat from deaf person to deaf person, depending on their level of deafness and vocal

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It’s “Just Deserts” Not “Just Desserts”

It’s “Just Deserts” Not “Just Desserts”

Daven Hiskey July 19, 2010 8

Today I Found Out that the idiom used for the notion of someone “getting what’s coming to them”, whether good or bad, is actually “just deserts”, not “just desserts”. The misconception primarily stems from

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Why the Adam’s Apple is Called the Adam’s Apple

Why the Adam’s Apple is Called the Adam’s Apple

Daven Hiskey July 13, 2010 26

Today I Found Out why the Adam’s Apple is called the Adam’s Apple. The origins of this term go all the way back to the Biblical event where Eve gave Adam a forbidden fruit,

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The Word ‘Dinner’ Used to Refer to Breakfast

The Word ‘Dinner’ Used to Refer to Breakfast

Daven Hiskey July 5, 2010 12

Today I Found Out that the word ‘Dinner’ used to refer to breakfast.   The word “dinner” comes from the Old French word “disnar”, which in fact means “breakfast”. So how did this word that

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Why Soap Operas Are Called Soap Operas

Why Soap Operas Are Called Soap Operas

Daven Hiskey June 28, 2010 5

Today I Found Out why soap operas are called soap operas. This all started out in the 1920′s; a simpler time where Jazz was swell; the Soviet Union was in its infancy; Robbert Goddard

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What A.M. and P.M. Stand For

What A.M. and P.M. Stand For

Daven Hiskey June 16, 2010 13

Today I Found Out what a.m. and p.m. stand for. And no, it’s not, as my first grade teacher told me, “After Midnight” and “Past Midday”. LIES!!!  Though, funny enough, not really that far

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The Difference Between “Faze” and “Phase”

The Difference Between “Faze” and “Phase”

Daven Hiskey June 15, 2010 7

Today I Found Out the difference between “faze” and “phase”.  These two words are often misused, even by professional writers, particularly in regards to the phrase “phased out”, which is more often than not

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Where the Dollar Sign Comes From

Where the Dollar Sign Comes From

Daven Hiskey June 9, 2010 26

Today I Found Out where the dollar sign ($) comes from. This symbol first showed up in the 1770s, appearing in documents of English-Americans who had business dealings with Spanish-Americans.  However, it wasn’t until

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The Word ‘Whence’ is Pretty Much Always Used Incorrectly

The Word ‘Whence’ is Pretty Much Always Used Incorrectly

Daven Hiskey June 1, 2010 39

Today I Found Out that the word ‘whence’ is pretty much always used wrong, especially by modern day writers. For example, (from the Lord of the Rings, spoken by Elrond):  “The Ring was made

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What the Nautical Term ‘Avast’ Means

What the Nautical Term ‘Avast’ Means

Daven Hiskey May 19, 2010 7

Today I Found Out what the nautical term ‘avast’ means, namely “stop” or “hold still”. The word was originally derived from the Dutch phrase “houd vast”, which literally means “hold fast”.  The frequent usage

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There is an Irony Mark in Punctuation

There is an Irony Mark in Punctuation

Daven Hiskey May 14, 2010 6

Today I Found Out there is an irony mark in punctuation.  The irony mark specifically is a backwards question mark: ؟ This mark was originally proposed by the 19th century French poet Alcanter de

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The Origins of the Lorem Ipsum Dolor Text

The Origins of the Lorem Ipsum Dolor Text

Daven Hiskey May 3, 2010 10

Today I Found Out where the “Lorem Ipsum Dolor” text comes from and what it means. For those of you who don’t know, the “Lorem Ipsum Dolor” text has been used since about the

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The Term “Third World Country” Refers to the Political and Economic Structure of a Country, Not Its Developmental State or Wealth

The Term “Third World Country” Refers to the Political and Economic Structure of a Country, Not Its Developmental State or Wealth

Daven Hiskey April 28, 2010 8

Today I Found Out a “Third World” country is not a country that simply is primitive, underdeveloped, or poor, as most people think.  In fact, a third world country is actually just a country

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What “OK” Stands For

What “OK” Stands For

Daven Hiskey April 14, 2010 33

Today I Found Out what “OK” stands for, namely “oll korrect”.  So how does that make any sense at all?  I’m glad  you asked, because otherwise this article would have been way to short

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The Words Moron, Imbecile, and Idiot Mean Different Things

The Words Moron, Imbecile, and Idiot Mean Different Things

Daven Hiskey March 31, 2010 24

Today I Found Out the words moron, imbecile, and idiot mean different things.  In psychology, an idiot has the least intelligence on the IQ scale (this now is equivalent to someone who is mentally

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It’s “Daylight Saving Time” Not “Daylight Savings Time”

It’s “Daylight Saving Time” Not “Daylight Savings Time”

Daven Hiskey March 15, 2010 3

Today I Found Out it’s “daylight saving time”, not “daylight savings time”.   “Daylight saving time” uses the present participle “saving” as an adjective, as in “labor saving device”. Bonus Facts: Ben Franklin often

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