Englishisms- Learning from scratch

Ignorance cannot be bliss all the time. Today when I was surfing the net, I came across a question which set my brain cells ticking! The question went thus, “What to call that groove above your lip?” And I found myself scratching my head! I wondered why it never occurred to me before.  To satiate my inquisitiveness, I decided to Google it! (Who else!) And lo, I just tumbled on to an entire list which answered such seemingly simple questions for which no one had the answer!back to school

To say the least, I was thrilled to learn the new words and was nodding all the way, because the questions were so familiar and related to our daily routine in some way or the other. At times, we tend to ignore the minute things, wherein lies the greatest details.

So here is the list from Webster dictionary for you to enjoy. I am sure you will be amazed!

Aglet : the tag covering the ends of a lace or point

Armsaye : the armhole in clothing.

Escutcheon: a protective or ornamental plate around a keyhole

Ferrule :  the knob on the far end of an umbrella

Keeper : the loop on a belt that keeps the end in place after it has passed through the buckle

Lemniscate : the infinity symbol (I learnt this in my Math books !)

Liripipe: the long tail on a graduate’s academic hood

Lunule : the whitish mark at the base of a fingernail

Minimus : the little finger or toe

Philtrum : that vertical groove above your lip

Punt : an indentation at the bottom of a molded glass bottle

Tittle : the dot over i or j    (My English teacher never told me this ! )

Tongue: a movable pin in a buckle that passes through a hole in the strap to be secured

Vamp:  the part of a shoe or boot that covers the front of the foot

That was some real enlightenment and I am glad I got to learn some new words, although i would never address a shoe as ‘vamp’ ! :)

Excuses You Can Use!

Excuses…..one thing which we all cannot live without.  How many times have you tried one to escape a excusesbothering aunt, a nagging friend, the call center guy and a million others getting on your nerves?  Well, it is the best possible way to get away without hurting someone!

So, here are some golden excuses which are used or ‘abused’ quite often:

I am busy—– Practically for anything!! You just have to bang the phone after saying this to prove it!

I am not well——Second most abused excuse after the first one, most probably to get a day off from work to attend an interview

Can you call me at say, 6 in the evening?—-To avoid a call center guy trying to sell a credit card, hoping that he would forget to call back, but bingo! He calls you again L

I have plans, sorry— To a clingy friend who is asking you out for a coffee

My friend had an accident and I have to rush—–Mostly to your mom, when you have to go out with friends on a weekend

I have lots to study —- Very handy, when you are being forced to attend a relative’s wedding

Will call you-——-While signing off after chatting with a friend (I seriously do not know why people say this when they are not going to call, in reality)

Hey, I think am getting another call, will call you back——- (In case your friend /relative are not in a mood to hang up. And yes, the call back never happens :) )

I am stressed out-——– A common excuse for smoking!

I am so tired today -—– Used often for missed gym sessions or morning walks ( I use this quite a number of times)

My watch stopped working—— On coming late to work

I am on my way already——- For a friend who is waiting on us ( but the fact is, you are still fumbling for the house keys :) )

My teeth feel so clean——– A perfect excuse for not brushing the teeth at night!

Chocolate is good for your heart——– Agreed, but that doesn’t mean swallowing an entire bar at a go.

From the above list of excuses, honestly, I have used most of them at some point of time. But then, who wouldn’t, if you are asked to attend a boring wedding ceremony when,you can while away your time with your girlie gang instead :) and I am sure most of us can identify with the above mentioned excuses( I am feeling better already :) )

Do you have any of your own ? :)

How Google Fooled Me!

As soon as I reached office, the first thing I did was check out my mails. This is my routine even before I start my Outlook :) The Gmail page looked a bit different today and that’s when I noticed a new feature from Google- Gmail Motion. Woah, what’s that? I wondered…The description said:

‘Gmail Motion uses your computer’s built-in webcam and Google’s patented spatial tracking technology to detect your movements and translate them into meaningful characters and commands. Movements are designed to be simple and intuitive for people of all skill levels.’

I couldn’t wait to try this.Google does bring in interesting stuff, but this was very unusual. The page looked tempting enough. Google MotionI clicked the Try Gmail Motion tab instantly. And voilà!! Such a fool!!! I was fooled by, none other than Google as this is what I got to see :(

Google's April FoolA very clever trick by Google… Happy April Fools’ Day Guys! I have been fooled big time…What about you?? :)