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Today I learned...

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by Zou, Oct 31, 2020.

  1. WillieJ

    WillieJ Well-Known Member

    Does not sound like a pooper scooper would have been much use..........
     
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  2. daft_biker

    daft_biker Action Man!

    Depends if you enjoy scenes of outstanding natural beauty and cleaner air.

    Looking at barren landscapes is depressing...locally it's probably more marginal sheep farming than land for shooting.
     
  3. Catriona

    Catriona Well-Known Member

    Landscapes are not naturally barren places.
     
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  4. Catriona

    Catriona Well-Known Member

    Today I learned I am really really allergic to flour in its uncooked state. No matter how much I try not to touch it, it must get up my nose and down my throat as I bake. Just about stopped itching and sneezing and coughing. Should have worn my mask.
     
  5. WillieJ

    WillieJ Well-Known Member

    The superannuated beatnic in "Out of her mind" is played by Ade Edmondson. Knew he looked familiar but the lack of studs on the forehead had me fooled.
     
  6. Catriona

    Catriona Well-Known Member

    Where lantern comes from. Well, maybe. In the C14th they went around the streets/lanes with lanthorns. Seems a possibility?
     
  7. DaveS

    DaveS Well-Known Member

    Because they used very thin horn where we would use glass.
     
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  8. Catriona

    Catriona Well-Known Member

    Yes, I know that about the windows. I just wondered if lanthorn evolved to lantern. Just a thought.
     
  9. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    My shorter OED (3rd edition, 1983) has them as equivalent (lantern also lanthorn) with origins in old French lanterne and Latin lanterna and greek that I’m not going to try.

    The OED is on offer, £90 for a year subscription online, usually £245 or something of that order. I keep being tempted when questions about word origins come up.
     
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  10. gray1720

    gray1720 Well-Known Member

    If you have a library card, you can get access to the OED website through that, gratis.
     
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  11. dream_police

    dream_police Well-Known Member

    That the dot above the letter i or j is called a tittle.
     
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  12. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    Public library card? I assumed it was commercial library access.

    My library card is so old it is no longer legible. They moved the library into the cinema block, spread it over several floors and reduced the bookshelves to wall decorations around community space. I’ll have to get a new one if OED is available at home for free.
     
  13. Catriona

    Catriona Well-Known Member

    Aw! That made me look at tattle. I like this definition of its origin. Late 15th century (in the sense ‘falter, stammer’, also ‘make meaningless sounds’)

    Sounds like Hancock this morning.
     
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  14. dream_police

    dream_police Well-Known Member

    The best word I have learned today (and there were a few on the list) is Quincunx. The name of the pattern for number 5 that you see on a die.
     
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  15. dangie

    dangie Senior Knobhead

    Bit of a dodgy word to bring up in conversation when you’ve had a few beers.....
     
  16. gray1720

    gray1720 Well-Known Member

    I'll confirm with SWMBO tonight if I remember, it was she who told me (and was browsing it last night in fact) - certainly the case in Oxfordshire, I guess other counties could have diferrent arrangements, though...
     
  17. Footloose

    Footloose Well-Known Member

    You might not have noticed this, but common ivy (Hedera helix) is becoming even more common. Most other plant species haven’t spread, whilst some species are declining. Nitrogen pollution, caused by agriculture and fossil fuels, seems to accelerate ivy growth.

    “This means we won’t get the big clumps of primroses or violets (Photographers) are used to seeing,” says Keith Kirby, an ecologist at the University of Oxford. (Source: New Scientist)
     
  18. WillieJ

    WillieJ Well-Known Member

    I will still think of him as a bit of a tittle.
     
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  19. gray1720

    gray1720 Well-Known Member

    That is very sad - I love both, and compared to them ivy is... a bit dull! Plus, of course, there's the deeper issue...
     
  20. Catriona

    Catriona Well-Known Member

    What a litany is. (Courtesy of crossword).

    Prayer of supplication.
     

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