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Today I Found Out About These Words [Pic]

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WobxFobxdobx
Male, 18-29, Western US
 54 Posts
Tuesday, September 27, 2011 6:17:39 PM
"I DON'T LIKE SPAM!!!!!!"

lukas1051
Male, 18-29, Europe
 3420 Posts
Monday, September 26, 2011 10:49:37 PM
If I had to make a list of the top 100 subjects I couldn't care less about, the origins of words would be #3 on that list.

Concetra
Male, 18-29, Eastern US
 2032 Posts
Monday, September 26, 2011 1:24:44 PM
tldrdc

Gerry1of1
Male, 50-59, Western US
 33895 Posts
Monday, September 26, 2011 7:13:48 AM

"gay men were behind the driving thrust ..."

Inuendo is fun

Justin9235
Male, 18-29, Midwest US
 1582 Posts
Monday, September 26, 2011 4:32:20 AM
I think there were only like two that I didn't know already.

xCYBERDYNEx
Male, 18-29, Southern US
 4799 Posts
Sunday, September 25, 2011 2:36:49 PM
@sbeelz, cool story bro

espenfana
Male, 18-29, Europe
 21 Posts
Sunday, September 25, 2011 2:29:54 PM
tl;dr

sbeelz
Male, 30-39, Western US
 2869 Posts
Sunday, September 25, 2011 2:00:52 PM
M_Archer- While I think that feminists have a point there, the English language is fairly gender neutral compared to other languages. I can't even begin to imagine how one could go about making French or Spanish (which I picked because they're the only other languages I've studied) gender neutral.

sbeelz
Male, 30-39, Western US
 2869 Posts
Sunday, September 25, 2011 1:57:12 PM
"...they found it funny with "crap" meaning something to the effect of "refuse" and that most of the cisterns and toilets in England were stamped with "T. Crapper & Co Ltd". It was ironical to them..."

1) Though technically a word, using ironical in place of ironic is pointless. Since ironic is already an adjective, adding "al" to the end of the word is superfluous.

2) This is not an example of irony. It is actually COINCIDENTAL that toilets were branded with the name "Crapper" when the word "crap" meant refuse, not "ironical."

3) What IS ironic is that the person who produced this document, who one can presume has studied the English language formally, or, at the very least, has an above average interest in it as a layperson, cannot use the word "irony" properly.

Fatninja01
Male, 18-29, Australia
 24481 Posts
Sunday, September 25, 2011 12:50:55 PM
learning is fun....

Thetas
Male, 18-29, Western US
 1552 Posts
Sunday, September 25, 2011 12:48:36 PM
This was really informative; I liked it.

Angilion
Male, 40-49, Europe
 11029 Posts
Sunday, September 25, 2011 11:39:24 AM
WRONG. Thomas Crapper did not invent the flush toilet.


This article doesn't say that he did. You have misread it.

It says that during WW1 a large proportion of the toilets in England were made by Crapper's company and marked as such. Which is true. Crapper invented some improvements to the flushing toilet, used them to gain a sizeable share of the market and clearly marked his products as a branding exercise.

Caretta
Male, 18-29, Europe
 541 Posts
Sunday, September 25, 2011 11:14:31 AM
In 1940, John W. Eckelberry of DuPont stated that the letters "nyl" were arbitrary and the "on" was copied from the suffixes of other fibers such as cotton and rayon. A later publication by DuPont explained that the name was originally intended to be "No-Run" ("run" meaning "unravel"), but was modified to avoid making such an unjustified claim and to make the word sound better. An apocryphal explanation is that Nylon is a conflation of "New York" and "London".

Wikipedia, yo.

patchouly
Male, 40-49, Canada
 4463 Posts
Sunday, September 25, 2011 10:30:43 AM
My favourite one is "Nylon". It was created by two guys, one was from New York and the other was from London. "NY LON".

M_Archer
Male, 18-29, Canada
 529 Posts
Sunday, September 25, 2011 10:26:00 AM
WRONG. Thomas Crapper did not invent the flush toilet.

Also, "man" is still used as gender neutral--when people say "man", most of the time they mean "human" (e.g. man-made, chairman). I think it's only the stuffy feminists who insist on ascribing a sexist context to that word.

Buiadh
Male, 30-39, Europe
 6653 Posts
Sunday, September 25, 2011 10:12:36 AM
Yay dung twig!

Aedran
Female, 18-29, Eastern US
 295 Posts
Sunday, September 25, 2011 10:09:09 AM
I stopped reading at 'Thomas Crapper'

"Good evening, Mr. Crapper. Would you and Mrs. Crapper care for a cup of coffee?"

Ani187
Female, 30-39, Midwest US
 4532 Posts
Sunday, September 25, 2011 9:56:48 AM
POOP TWIG! *giggle*

Matwix_2004
Male, 18-29, Europe
 2105 Posts
Sunday, September 25, 2011 9:17:59 AM
That was much more annoying to read than it needed to be.

MrHyde
Male, 18-29, Canada
 497 Posts
Sunday, September 25, 2011 9:16:06 AM
Well, crap. God had no gender this whole time?

honkeylips
Male, 30-39, Midwest US
 1570 Posts
Wednesday, September 21, 2011 3:45:54 PM
Link: Today I Found Out About These Words [Pic] [Rate Link] - 10 words and their origins.


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