Today I learned that nobody has any idea where the word “dog” comes from. Nobody knows! It just turned up one day in the English language – docga in Old English to be exact – and just never checked out. Eventually it overtook “hound” as the preferred name for man’s best friend, and the rest is history. Inscrutable history. What a wonderful reminder that no matter how much we know, we still just…don’t know.
Today I wanted to get back into the swing of things after this weekend’s brief foray into #auspol, but then I happened upon Christopher Columbus and started reading, which quite frankly wasn’t exactly the break from white people being racist that I had hoped for. But Columbus did lead me to the people who discovered North America before him, which was far more interesting. Continue reading
Being stuck at work for two and a half days (not an exaggeration) has left me with naught to do but seek comfort in the pursuit of knowledge. The knowledge of early English kings. Continue reading
I’ve been reading up on some English monarchs lately since I realised that I knew nothing about them, when I happened upon this little tidbit. I had no idea Thomas Becket was accidentally assassinated. Continue reading
Yessir! Last night I heard something about William Dampier being the first Englishman to hit Australia, which I think I vaguely knew, and the fact that he was a pirate, which I vaguely did not! So here are some FACTS about Dampier and the real life Robinson Crusoe.
I don’t think that joke will ever get old in my household, although we’re trying our level best. Still, another experiment ticked off the recipe pile, as I murdered the English language with that mixed metaphor and stuffed some capsicums for dinner.
After discovering ‘Operation Flowers Are Blooming’ the other day, I couldn’t wait to dive into the wonderful world of naming military operations. So after another trusty Wikipedia search (I love Wiki, they have a list for everything – even this) and some Googling, I’ve found a slew of suberbly named military operations. Enjoy. Continue reading