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#Wordlore: Taradiddle

1 : a fib 2 : pretentious nonsense


“‘We haven’t got time to listen to more taradiddles, I’m afraid, Dumbledore.'” — Cornelius Fudge in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, J.K. Rowling, 2004

About the Word:

There is a myth that taradiddle was born in the town of Taradiddle, Ireland; that itself is ataradiddle, because there is no such town.

We don’t know where taradiddle (also spelled tarradiddle) comes from, but we do know that the word has been a favorite of writers ranging from Balzac to Trollope to G. K. Chesterton. Lyricist W. S. Gilbert (of Gilbert and Sullivan fame) used it in two operas.

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#Wordlore: Fuddy-duddy

A negative word for an old-fashioned person who does not accept modern trends.

“Maybe it makes me a fuddy-duddy, but I really don’t think mini-skirts are acceptable for job interviews.”



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Why Google is investing in global translation?

As global tech companies fight to develop the world’s leading translation platform, Google just added 13 languages to its collection of 90– covering over 99% of languages used online.


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A Not So Tabula Rasa: The Rosetta Stone

It’s 3 A.M., and my upper eyelid insists on high-fiving the bottom one. I look at my laptop screen, and I’ve drifted to page 27 of my Amazon search for a hamper. As my mind begins to prepare for the upcoming spectacle of dreaming, I can’t help but hear a symphony of garbage orchestrating my gentle lull. “I can’t believe I learned Spanish in two weeks!” “I never in my life would think that I could speak Russian, but thanks to Rosetta stone—now I can!” I think to myself, “Rosetta stone. Classic.” It’s a common corporate ploy: find a significant historical relic, hijack the name, and boom—millions.


While many Millenials associate Rosetta Stone with a software that commands you to yell, “Película” into your laptop, the name holds too much significance to be bought for four payments of $99.95. For those of us old enough to not know the lyrics to any Arianna Grande song—you know what I’m talking about.


The real Rosetta Stone refers to a huge slab of granite— 11 inches thick, 45 inches tall, and almost 30 inches wide. Three bodies of different text divide the slab, filling in every inch of space— like your formula cheat sheet in college physics. Discovered in El-Rashid (Rosetta), Egypt in 1799 by Napoleonic-era French soldiers, this, not so blank slate, forever altered the field of linguistics and translation.


Eventually lost to the British after the Napoleonic Wars, the Rosetta Stone exhibited the first time extinct Egyptian hieroglyphs stood side by side— in translation—to interpretable languages (Ancient Greek and Demotic Script). For over 20 years, the slab stood in the British Museum, uninterpreted, until a French scholar named Jean-François Champollion cracked the code in 1822. It marked the first time that a scholar achieved a full translation of Ancient Egyptian scripts. Suddenly codified and translated, walls and walls of Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs came into life. Pictures and cuneiforms turned into beautiful canvases of letters and dialogue, and windows opened giving insight into the vague lifestyles of Ancient Egypt.


While the actual body of the text elaborated on the accomplishments of the pharaoh, Ptolemy V, the Rosetta Stone forever embodies the significance of linguistics in understanding civilization.For without its presence not only would an interesting linguistics software be nameless, but maybe a whole chunk of humanity’s history would lay in silence forever.


Out with the old, in with the new



How did the celebration of New Year’s Eve begin?


New Year’s Eve is one of the oldest holidays celebrated, but the exact date and nature of the festivities has changed over time. The ancient Babylonians were the first recorded observers of New Year festivities some 4,000 years ago. They celebrated the beginning of the New Year in March, when spring begins with the Vernal Equinox. The beginning of spring was a logical time to start a new year of growth and fertility.


The Romans also celebrated the New Year in March, but there were so many adjustments to their calendar by their rulers (most likely to extend their terms of office), that calendar dates were no longer synchronized with any astronomical movements.


Then, Julius Caesar established January 1 as the first day of the year. The 1st of January was a holiday dedicated to the pagan god Janus, the Roman god of beginnings, whose two faces allowed him to look back into the past and forward into the future.


Roman pagans greeted January 1st by engaging in drunken orgies—a ritual which was a personal representation of the chaotic world that existed before the cosmos was ordered by the gods.


Wishing you a fun New Year’s Eve …


Out with the old, in with the new


Happy New Year 2016!


Happy New Year 2016 replace 2015 concept on the sea beach