Posts Tagged ‘History’

A to Z English Words With Surprising Origins

In Funny, History, Languages, Trivias, Unique on November 28, 2008 at 12:00 pm

A to Z English Words Origins

Henry Hitchings, an etymologist and author of The Secret Life of Words (which won the John Llewellyn Rhys Book Prize this week), presents an A-to-Z of his favourite words that have been absorbed into English from other languages. Funny, awesome as well as surprising origins of some common English words we hear everyday.

Check out all the words below:

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We Didn’t Start The Fire

In Amazing, History, Music, World History on November 27, 2008 at 9:01 am

Historical Timeline from 1949 to 1989:

Billy Joel

William Martin Joel, famously known as Billy Joel, is an American rock musician, songwriter and singer. He released his first hit single, Piano Man, in 1973. Recording Industry Association America labels Joel as The Sixth Best-Selling Recording Artist in the United States.

One of Billy Joel’s song in STORM FRONT album, We Didn’t Start The Fire, has been considered an essential education tool in terms of history. Each word in the song represents a clickable-historical event in the world. Check out the lyric below and hover your mouse on each word to see the hidden history behind it :

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How Did They Get Their Names?

In History, Products History, Trivias on November 12, 2008 at 6:44 am

The Stories Behind The World’s Famous Names

The following names are mentioned everyday in the world of Information and Technology. These companies were among the top in the technology and internet business industry. Here’s an interesting fact We know who they are and what they do, but we might not know how they settled with their brand name and the story behind it unless we really dig hard into the history book. Here are 18 Internet giants (inclusive of Yahoo, Xerox, Sun Microsystem, Sony, SAP, Red Hat, Oracle, Motorola, Lotus, Intel, Hewlett Packard, Hotmail, Google, Cisco, Apple Computers, Apache and Adobe) and stories on how they end up with their names. Read the rest of this entry »

Do you know…

In History, Languages, Trivias, Unique on September 9, 2008 at 7:40 pm

Many years ago in Scotland, a new game was invented. It was ruled “Gentlemen Only…Ladies Forbidden”…and thus the word GOLF entered into the English language

Every day more money is printed for Monopoly than the US Treasury.

Men can read smaller print than women can; women can hear better.

Coca-Cola was originally green.

The average number of people airborne over the US any given hour: 61,000

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