Words & literature facts

The Definition of Bae in Danish is Poop

There’s little doubt, at least in my own twisted mind, that one of the most annoying terms of endearment that have been adopted, or, in this case, invented, is the  simple and annoying word, bae. But until relatively recently most people thought it was the ideal word for the person closest to your heart. But before you next utter it to your beloved, beware of what the definition of bae in Danish is. To tell you the truth, once you learn the less than delightful Danish definition of bae you will be less inclined to call your loved on that ... Read more

The Original Color of Dorothy’s Slippers Were Silver, Not Ruby Red

I can imagine that I would be fairly accurate in assuming that the vast majority of people reading this would have only watched the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz and never set their eyes on the original book. Sadly, for a lot of films that have been adapted from novels, this is a tragic trend. While being able to sit down and enjoy a story unfold in front of your eyes is a wonderful thing to experience, especially with modern day special effects, the movies often lack a substance called imagination, and they have been known to deviate from the original story. But ... Read more

Leprechauns Are Always Male

Think about this for a moment. When was the last time that you saw a female leprechaun? Probably never, but if you have please share the pot o’ gold with me. The reason that you have never seen a female one, aside from them being as fictional as a unicorn, is because leprechauns are always male. They seriously are. I mean even the cold-blooded killing machines that are the Smurf had a female in their midst. But then again, these little guys are complete loners in the world. So why exactly are leprechauns always male? Right about now I could make any ... Read more

Original Meaning of the Word Nice Was Foolish

The original meaning of the word nice was ignorant. As you can see, this is a far cry from what the word actually means today. But what’s even more surprising is that the meaning of the word nice, as it stands today, is a very recent change from its original meaning. In fact, for the majority of its existence it has had what many would consider to be a derogatory meaning.  To tell you the truth, the evolution of the word isn’t all that different from this one. Just think about the last time you used the word nice. It would ... Read more

John Elwes the Real Ebenezer Scrooge Fought a Rat for Food

All my life I thought that the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, from Charles Dickens “A Night Before Christmas,” was nothing more than a fictional character. the result of a creative imagination. But to my surprise, he was based on a real person. That’s right, the real Ebenezer Scrooge was based on a real person, a man called John Elwes. But if you thought that Scrooge was a real penny pincher, he barely cast a shadow when compared to John Elwes, the real Ebenezer Scrooge. Most of us are familiar with the story of Ebenezer Scrooge. He was the main character of ... Read more

Colgate in Spanish Translates to Go Hang Yourself, and Caused Trouble when They Tried to Market It

Wait just one God damn minute. Colgate in Spanish translates into “go hang yourself,” like really? In a bizarre twist in the world of translations this is actually the case, but not always, and we will explain. Most of us are familiar with poorly translated directions or instructions. Under most circumstances these mix ups between languages are accidental, and a cause for great enjoyment at the translators expense. But every now and then a translation comes along that was not accidental at all, and means something completely different. This is the case with Colgate which translates into Spanish as go hang ... Read more

61 English Language Facts

When it comes to the English language there are many interesting little things about it that a lot of people don’t know. We’re not talking about spelling and grammar, we are talking about interesting and slightly weird English language facts. So sit back and enjoy some of the best that we have to offer, because it did take us some time to find all of them. The dot over the letter i and j is called a title. The German translation for birth control pill is: Antibabypille Your little toe is called the Digitus minimus pedis The longest word in the English language ... Read more

Piggy Banks Get Their Name from Clay

I still recall the very first piggy bank that I ever got. It was a cheap little plastic container shaped like a pig that I could put a few cents into from time to time. As I grew up, it filled up, and before long I could spend the money that I had managed to save. But as we do, I lost mine, and had to get a new one, which meant that I had to spend some of the money that I had saved. Luckily enough for me, my school teacher at the time got us to make a ... Read more

Mortgage Translates to Death Contract

I knew the banks were evil and I couldn’t trust them, but I bet most of you already knew that. However, right now I have an even deeper distrust of them, and it’s all because of a little discovery I made about a very common type of long term transaction that they offer. What was my discovery? In short, mortgage translates to death contract. Yeah, I know right. Not only does it feel like they are sucking the very life out of you, the name even suggests it. But why such a gruesome translation? Don’t you just love the English language? ... Read more

Shakespeare’s Clay Pipe Showed Evidence of Crack, Weed and Acid

Well this explains a lot. All those years struggling to comprehend his messed up tragedies, unfunny comedies and complex dialogue suddenly makes perfect sense. It seems entirely possible that the reason for his plays, which are a favorite for evil literary and English teachers the world over, were so complex is because he may have been as high as a kite. What makes us say that? Shakespeare’s clay pipe contained evidence of weed, crack and even acid. Whoa, hold up one minute. Are we really suggesting that because Shakespeare’s clay pipe contained traces of weed, acid and crack that he ... Read more