Saturday, September 08, 2012

Tribute to the Alphabet In Words, Phrases, Trivia and Sign Language

  • Every book ever written in English is a unique arrangement of 26 letters :  A B C D E F G  H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z.  Every book, in every library, home and museum is an individual scramble of them.
  • The musical alphabet includes the notes A, B, C, D, E, F and G, and is the same for all instruments.
  • The word 'trivia' comes from the Latin tri + via, meaning three streets.  In ancient Italy, at intersections of three streets they had a type of kiosk.  On it was listed extra information you might be interested in or might not.  Therefore, it was trivia.
  • The sentence, "Pack my box with five dozen liquor jugs" uses every letter of the alphabet..
  • In English, one spelling can have different pronunciations.  "Ough" can be pronounced 8 ways.  The following sentence contains all of them:  A rough-coated, dough-faced ploughman strode through the streets of Scarborough, coughing, and hiccoughing thoughtfully.
  • "Second string," meaning 'replacement or backup,' comes from the Middle Ages.  An archer always carried a second string in case the one on his bow broke.
  • The expletive, "Holy Toledo," refers to Toledo, Spain, which became an outstanding Christian cultural center in 1085.
  • The term "devil's advocate" comes from the Roman Catholic Church.  When deciding if someone should be sainted, a devil's advocate is appointed to give an alternate view.
  • The term "the whole 9 yards" came from WWII fighter pilots in the South Pacific.  When arming their airplanes on the ground, the .50 caliber machine gun ammo belts measured exactly 27 feet, before being loaded into the fuselage.  If the pilots fired all their ammo at a target, it got "the whole 9 yards."
  • The word "news" came from the first letters of the words North, East, West and South.  This was because information was being gathered from all directions.
  • The letters H, I, O, and X are the only letters that look the same if you flip them upside down or view them from behind.
  • There are more than 40 distinct sounds in English.  Because there are 26 letters to represent these sounds, most letters stand for more than one sound.
  • The American Television Network ABC is sometimes referred to as the "Alphabet Network," because its letters are the first three letters of the English alphabet.
  • WXYZ-TV, channel 7, in Detroit, Michigan, is an ABC-affiliated television station that uses the last four letters in its call letters.
  • "Deeded" is the only word that is made using only two different letters, each used three times.  And, it is typed with one finger.
  •  "Usher" contains four personal pronouns (us, she, he, her).  If you make the word plural, it has (hers) too.
  • A survey conducted in 2004 by the British Council which asked over 40,000 people around the world to rank the most beautiful words among a list of 70 words, found MOTHER first, followed by PASSION, SMILE, LOVE, AND ETERNITY.
  • If you try to say the alphabet without moving your lips or tongue, every letter will sound the same.
  • The Roman numerals, in order from smallest to largest, are I-one, V-5 , X-10,  L-50, C-100, D-500, and M-1000.
  • Games in alphabetical order:  Acquire, Backgammon, Checkers, Dungeons & Dragons, Euchre, Fish, Gin Rummy, Hangman, I'm the Boss, Jeopardy,  Mah Jongg, Nab-It, Old Maid, Pictionary, Rook, Scrabble, Trivial Pursuit, Uno, War, Yahtzee.
"Actions prove who someone is.
 Words prove who someone wants to be."

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