The English language is an odd one:

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Today's word, in honor of this week's heatwave:  As in, "It's a bajillion degrees in my car."

noun: bajillion; plural noun: bajillions
  1. an extremely large number (used for emphasis).
    "I've still got a bajillion things to do"
1990s: fanciful formation on the pattern of billion and million .
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A great quote from Maya Angelo today:  

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Adjective Order:   There is system.  Did you know this?  

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In honor of the great Stephen Hawking, who died at the age of 76 on March 13, one day before Pi Day:

The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge. 
-Stephen Hawking



How can one word mean two so very different things?  Weird:

  1. 1.
    a body of troops or police officers, standing or moving in close formation.
    "six hundred marchers set off, led by a phalanx of police"
  2. 2.
    a bone of the finger or toe.






  1. a minor change in a document.
    • a change or addition to a legal or statutory document.
      "an amendment to existing bail laws"
    • an article added to the US Constitution.
      noun: Amendment; plural noun: Amendments
      "the First Amendment"



Many meanings for this one word:

  1. 1.
    a supporter of King Charles I in the English Civil War.
  2. 2.
    a small spaniel of a breed with a moderately long, noncurly, silky coat.
  1. 1.
    showing a lack of proper concern; offhand.
    "Anne was irritated by his cavalier attitude"


See ya soon, Raccoon!  How cute!

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Bullet Journaling.  It is the analogue to the digital organizational method that is becoming quite the thing!  Remember when we used to jot things down into a planner?  Bullet Journaling is like that. 

The note book comes blank.  You fill it in with your own desgns of organization, week, month or year, jot down ideas, meeting times, schedules, to do lists, anything that brings together all the stuff that gets scattered around in our minds.  Here is a wonderful article about it and how you can incorporate this into your own life:


This is FUN!

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This is a good word of which to be reminded.  




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Fun slang  from the Victorian Era:  Enjoy!


In 1909, writing under the pseudonym James Redding Ware, British writer Andrew Forrester published Passing English of the Victorian era, a dictionary of heterodox English, slang and phrase. "Thousands of words and phrases in existence in 1870 have drifted away, or changed their forms, or been absorbed, while as many have been added or are being added," he writes in the book's introduction. "‘Passing English’ ripples from countless sources, forming a river of new language which has its tide and its ebb, while its current brings down new ideas and carries away those that have dribbled out of fashion." Forrester chronicles many hilarious and delightful words in Passing English; we don't know how these phrases ever fell out of fashion, but we propose bringing them back.
1. Afternoonified
A society word meaning “smart.” Forrester demonstrates the usage: "The goods are not 'afternoonified' enough for me.”
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2. Arfarfan'arf
A figure of speech used to describe drunken men. “He’s very arf’arf’an’arf," Forrester writes, "meaning he has had many ‘arfs,’” or half-pints of booze.
3. Back slang it
Thieves used this term to indicate that they wanted “to go out the back way.”
4. Bags o’ Mystery
An 1850 term for sausages, “because no man but the maker knows what is in them. ... The 'bag' refers to the gut which contained the chopped meat.”
5. Bang up to the elephant
This phrase originated in London in 1882, and means “perfect, complete, unapproachable.”
6. Batty-fang
Low London phrase meaning “to thrash thoroughly,” possibly from the French battre a fin.
7. Benjo
Nineteenth century sailor slang for “A riotous holiday, a noisy day in the streets.”
8. Bow wow mutton
A naval term referring to meat so bad “it might be dog flesh.”
9. Bricky
Brave or fearless. “Adroit after the manner of a brick," Forrester writes, "said even of the other sex, 'What a bricky girl she is.'”
10. Bubble Around
A verbal attack, generally made via the press. Forrester cites The Golden Butterfly: "I will back a first-class British subject for bubbling around against all humanity."
11. Butter Upon Bacon
Extravagance. Too much extravagance. “Are you going to put lace over the feather, isn't that rather butter upon bacon?”
12. Cat-lap
A London society term for tea and coffee “used scornfully by drinkers of beer and strong waters ... in club-life is one of the more ignominious names given to champagne by men who prefer stronger liquors.”
13. Church-bell
A talkative woman.
14. Chuckaboo
A nickname given to a close friend.
15. Collie shangles
Quarrels. A term from Queen Victoria’s journal, More Leaves, published in 1884: “At five minutes to eleven rode off with Beatrice, good Sharp going with us, and having occasional collie shangles (a Scottish word for quarrels or rows, but taken from fights between dogs) with collies when we came near cottages.”
16. Cop a Mouse
To get a black eye. “Cop in this sense is to catch or suffer," Forrester writers, "while the colour of the obligation at its worst suggests the colour and size of the innocent animal named.”
17. Daddles
A delightful way to refer to your rather boring hands.
18. Damfino
This creative cuss is a contraction of “damned if I know.”
19. Dizzy Age
A phrase meaning "elderly," because it "makes the spectator giddy to think of the victim's years." The term is usually refers to "a maiden or other woman canvassed by other maiden ladies or others.”
20. Doing the Bear
"Courting that involves hugging."
21. Don’t sell me a dog
Popular until 1870, this phrase meant “Don’t lie to me!” Apparently, people who sold dogs back in the day were prone to trying to pass off mutts as purebreds.
22. Door-knocker
A type of beard "formed by the cheeks and chin being shaved leaving a chain of hair under the chin, and upon each side of mouth forming with moustache something like a door-knocker."
23. Enthuzimuzzy
"Satirical reference to enthusiasm." Created by Braham the terror, whoever that is.
24. Fifteen puzzle
Not the game you might be familiar with, but a term meaning complete and absolute confusion.
25. Fly rink
An 1875 term for a polished bald head.
26. Gal-sneaker
An 1870 term for "a man devoted to seduction.”
27. Gas-Pipes
A term for especially tight pants.
28. Gigglemug
“An habitually smiling face.”
29. Got the morbs
Use of this 1880 phrase indicated temporary melancholy.
30. Half-rats
Partially intoxicated.
31. Jammiest bits of jam
“Absolutely perfect young females,” circa 1883.
32. Kruger-spoof
Lying, from 1896.
33. Mad as Hops
34. Mafficking
An excellent word that means getting rowdy in the streets.
35. Make a stuffed bird laugh
“Absolutely preposterous.”
36. Meater
A street term meaning coward.
37. Mind the Grease
When walking or otherwise getting around, you could ask people to let you pass, please. Or you could ask them to mind the grease, which meant the same thing to Victorians.
38. Mutton Shunter
This 1883 term for a policeman is so much better than "pig."
39. Nanty Narking
A tavern term, popular from 1800 to 1840, that meant great fun.
40. Nose bagger
Someone who takes a day trip to the beach. He brings his own provisions and doesn’t contribute at all to the resort he’s visiting.
41. Not up to Dick
Not well.
42. Orf chump
No appetite.
43. Parish Pick-Axe
A prominent nose.
44. Podsnappery
This term, Forrester writers, describes a person with a “wilful determination to ignore the objectionable or inconvenient, at the same time assuming airs of superior virtue and noble resignation.”
45. Poked Up
46. Powdering Hair
An 18th century tavern term that means “getting drunk.”
47. Rain Napper
An umbrella.
48. Sauce-box
The mouth.
49. Shake a flannin
Why say you're going to fight when you could say you're going to shake a flannin instead?
50. Shoot into the brown
To fail. According to Forrester, "The phrase takes its rise from rifle practice, where the queer shot misses the black and white target altogether, and shoots into the brown i.e., the earth butt."
51. Skilamalink
Secret, shady, doubtful.
52. Smothering a Parrot
Drinking a glass of absinthe neat; named for the green color of the booze.
53. Suggestionize
A legal term from 1889 meaning “to prompt.”
54. Take the Egg
To win.
55. Umble-cum-stumble
According to Forrester, this low class phrase means "thoroughly understood."
56. Whooperups
A term meaning "inferior, noisy singers" that could be used liberally today during karaoke sessions.





Ever wonder how Earth got its name?  Who named Earth Earth??  

The official names of planets and their moons are governed by an organization called the International Astronomical Union (IAU).

The IAU recognizes that astronomy is an old science and many of its names come from long-standing traditions and/or are founded in history. For many of the names of the objects in the solar system, this is especially so. Most of the objects in our solar system received names long ago based on Greek or Roman mythology. The IAU has therefore adopted this tradition in its rules for naming certain types of objects in the solar system.

With the exception of Earth, all of the planets in our solar system have names from Greek or Roman mythology. This tradition was continued when Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto were discovered in more modern times.

  • Mercury is the god of commerce, travel and thievery in Roman mythology. The planet probably received this name because it moves so quickly across the sky.
  • Venus is the Roman goddess of love and beauty. The planet is aptly named since it makes a beautiful sight in the sky, with only the Sun and the Moon being brighter.
  • Earth is the only planet whose English name does not derive from Greek/Roman mythology. The name derives from Old English and Germanic. There are, of course, many other names for our planet in other languages.
  • Mars is the Roman god of War. The planet probably got this name due to its red color.
  • Jupiter was the King of the Gods in Roman mythology, making the name a good choice for what is by far the largest planet in our solar system.
  • Saturn is the Roman god of agriculture.
  • Uranus is the ancient Greek deity of the Heavens, the earliest supreme god.
  • Neptune, was the Roman god of the Sea. Given the beautiful blue color of this planet, the name is an excellent choice!
  • Pluto is the Roman god of the underworld in Roman mythology. Perhaps the planet received this name because it's so far from the Sun that it is in perpetual darkness.



Not a word used in regular conversation - unless you work for NASA - but the knowing of it makes one feel a tad ...smarter.



noun  peri·jove  \ ˈperəˌjōv \
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