Quote of the Week

Posted: January 23, 2018 in Quotes
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“Truth, is not hard to kill, but a lie, well, that is immortal.” – Mark Twain
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From Reader’s Digest Sept/2017

Let me “run” this by you:

Run is the most complicated word in the English language. It has only 3 letters but more than 645 potential meanings, gives its chief competitors, set and put a run for their money. According to the Oxford English Dictionary editor, it took nine months of work to record all possibilities (a “run” of a pregnancy!).

So how long of a list can you run off?

Quote of the Week

Posted: January 17, 2018 in Quotes
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“Tell the truth, or someone will tell it for you.” – Stephanie Klein, writer

Fun With Words

Posted: January 11, 2018 in Fun with words
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From Reader’s Digest 9-2017, Life in These United States

The game card said: “Name three wars.” My daughter’s response: “Civil War, Revolutionary War, and Star Wars.” – Amy Casella

Quote of the Week

Posted: January 9, 2018 in Quotes
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“The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter – it’s the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.”– Mark Twain

The commentators are a wealth of knowledge of arcane factoids:

For instance, we’ve all taken a “Jitney”. Some are ferries, some are buses but have you ever wondered where the name came from? Back in the beginning of the 20th century, it cost 5 cents to ride public transportation. A “jitney” was slang for a nickel. The name stuck for the short route transports even though today it costs a hundred times more to ride them!

And have you ever wondered what a group of butterflies are called? They are known as a “Kaleidoscope”.

Quote of the Week

Posted: January 4, 2018 in Quotes
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“There is no greater gift than thinking you had some impact on the world for the better.” – Gloria Steinem