Monday, November 24, 2008

I have THE Smartest Readers!

Truly...I really do have THE Smartest Readers! Why do I say that? Well, on one of my recent giveaways, I asked y'all to leave me comments of either the strangest ENGLISH word you know AND IT's MEANING or a piece of good random trivia. Boy, oh boy, did you come through!!

I had such fun reading them all that I just could not keep it to myself. Take a peek!

Human fingers contain no muscles except small muscles attached to each hair follicle which contracts to make the hair stand on end ("goose bumps"). The muscles that move the finger joint are in the palm and forearm. ~~Dani~~

"A dime as 118 ridges on it!..." ~~Amanda Sue~~

I recently learned that young spiders can fly as high as an airplane and often hit their windshields. This is disturbing trivia to me!

Real country music titles:
"One Day When You Swing That Skillet (My Face Ain't Gonna Be There)"
"You're The Ring Around My Bathtub, You're The Hangnail OF My Life"

Did you know The term Luddite is based on a mythical character named Ned Ludd in George Pellew's The Life of Lord Sidmouth (1847). Ned Ludd was a Leicestershire villager of the late 1700s who, in a fit of insane rage, rushed into a stocking weaver's house and destroyed his equipment. With the onset of the Information Age, Luddite gained a broader sense describing anyone who shuns new technology.

Flying squirrels are nocturnal. Random bit of trivia from my squirrel obsessed six year old. :)

"...'defenestration' means "a throwing of a person or thing out of a window." ~~Alyce~~

"...flabbergasted. It means surprised or shocked."

My word is "persnickety" and it means "Snobbish or pretentious" (among other things)

One I use a lot that glaze a lot of eyes is indigenous - which means native to an area or environment.

I've always thought that "fortnight" was a strange word. It means 2 weeks.
I don't think it's used much except in romance novels.

A fear of long words is, ironically, called

pneumonultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis -
longest word in the english language. I learned it int he 4th grade and learned to spell it! LOL It is a disease of the lungs that coal miners get.... black lung.
~~Faerie Mom~~

A word that's not used anymore but is fun for me to use for that very reason is pilliver (which means pillowcase).

my very favorite word is "loquacious" –adjective
1. talking or tending to talk much or freely; talkative; chattering; babbling; garrulous: a loquacious dinner guest.

Here is a word I just learned "bunyip" which is a legendary spirit or creature of the Australian Aborigine. Bunyips haunt rivers, swamps, creeks and billabongs.

And there you go...words and thoughts to live by.:)


This is the FINAL WEEK to enter the GIVEAWAYS both here and on 3 P's in a Pod for Because It's Christmas! Don't Miss out!

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