Month: December 2014

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DYK: Merry Christmas!

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE! The universal joy of Christmas is certainly wonderful.  We ring the bells when princes are born, or toll a mournful dirge when great men pass away.    Nations have their red-letter days, their carnivals and festivals, but once in the year and only once, the whole world stands still to celebrate the […]

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DYK: the word Pandemonioum comes from a poem

The word PANDEMONIUM which means wild and noisy disorder, confusion or uproar comes from a poem. It actually comes from John Milton’s poem Paradise Lost. the name of the capital city of Hell in his epic poem “Paradise Lost”. He derived the word from the Ancient Greek Pandæmonium which read as πᾶν (pan, “all”) (equivalent to English […]

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DYK: Knock on wood comes from mythology

The phrase KNOCK ON WOOD – Traditionally, when you speak of your own good fortune, you follow up with a quick knock on a piece of wood to keep your luck from going bad.  Before Christianity and Islam, many pagan groups and other cultures—from Ireland to India to elsewhere in the world—worshipped or mythologized trees. Some peoples […]