Posts Tagged ‘history’

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What am I noting today?

October 16, 2018

Today is Dictionary Day – the birthday of Noah Webster in 1758.

“A lexicographer’s business is solely to collect, arrange, and define the words that usage presents to his hands. He has no right to proscribe words; he is to present them as they are.” ~ Noah Webster

In 1807 Webster began compiling a fully comprehensive dictionary, An American Dictionary of the English Language; it took twenty-eight years to complete. To evaluate the etymology of words, Webster learned twenty-six languages, including Old English (Anglo-Saxon), Greek, Hebrew and Latin.

Hawkeye Pierce, on M*A*S*H was once asked what book he would take if he were stranded on a desert island.  He replied, “A dictionary.  Pretty much all the other books are in that one.”

Webster completed his dictionary during his year abroad in 1825 in Paris, France, and at the University of Cambridge. His book contained seventy thousand words, of which twelve thousand had never appeared in a published dictionary before. As a spelling reformer, Webster believed that English spelling rules were unnecessarily complex, so his dictionary introduced American English spellings, replacing colour with color, substituting wagon for waggon, and printing center instead of centre. He also added American words, like skunk and squash, that did not appear in British dictionaries. At the age of seventy, Webster published his dictionary in 1828, registering the copyright on April 14. Webster did all this in an effort to standardize the American language.

Taken from Webster’s Dictionary

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What am I noting on tattoo Tuesday?

October 9, 2018

 

 

 

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What am I dancing?

June 19, 2018

Believe it or not, I learned this dance in high school gym class.  Our “swords” were epees from fencing class.

I can still cut a move.  I tried it out once on the sprung dance floor in the castle at Blair Atholl in Pitlochry, Scotland.

Thanks to Old Air Force Sarge for the memories and the bagpipes!

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The Ballroom at Blair Atholl

Image result for blair castle

 

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Whose birthday am I noting?

May 10, 2018

Fred Astaire, born Frederick Austerlitz, on May 10, 1899 in Omaha, Nebraska, is an icon in the world of American dance.

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What do I find fascinating?

April 2, 2018

“Today, views of the world’s ancient architectural wonders are firmly based in their current state of ruin, leaving to visitors’ imaginations the original glory of structures like the Parthenon, Pyramid of the Sun, and Temple of Luxor. NeoMam, in a project for Expedia, has resurrected several ancient buildings through a series of gifs. In a matter of seconds, centuries of natural and intentional damage and decay are reversed to reveal a rare glimpse at what the original structures would have looked like. The creative contractors behind the labor-intensive renderings are Maja Wrońska and her husband Przemek Sobiecki, who works as This Is Render.”

reblogged from Colossal

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Whose birthday will I be celebrating?

March 22, 2018

Don’t let them promote you. Don’t let them transfer you. Don’t let them do anything that takes you off the bridge of that ship, because while you’re there, you can make a difference.

James Tiberius (“Jim”) Kirk was a descendant of pioneers of the American frontier during the late 19th century.  He was born on March 22nd, 2233, in Iowa, USA, Earth. He was the son of George and Winona Kirk. ( His parents named him after his maternal grandfather, James, and his paternal grandfather, Tiberius. He went on to become arguably the most decorated officer in Star Fleet history.

A plaque marks his future birthplace in Riverside, Iowa.

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Whose birthday am I celebrating?

March 8, 2018

 

Related imageThe namesake of my nom de blog, Anne Bonney, the Lady Pirate, born in Cork, Ireland on March 8, 1697.

“It is hard to separate the legend from the facts of Anne Bonny. The only thing we can be sure of is that Anne Bonny was a strong, independent woman, who was way ahead of her time. The 18th century was still a time when man made all important decisions, a time when women did not have many rights. In this men’s world, it was hard for Anne Bonny to become an equal crewmember and a respected pirate” – more here

She was a liberated woman, colleague of Mary Read, the former wife of Calico Jack Rackham, and a pirate in her own right – Happy Birthday, Anne!