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February, 2014

  1. You said what?

    February 28, 2014 by quirkyowl


    ‘I disagree respectfully’ really means <You are wrong>

    ‘Permission to speak freely’ really means <Let me say what I have to say without getting in trouble>

    ‘With all due respect’ really means <You are full of it>

  2. Spring cleaning?

    February 27, 2014 by quirkyowl


    One more day left in the shortest month of the year



    Latin Februa(s) “Februa” + –arius “ary (pertaining to)”

    From the Latin word februa, “to cleanse.”

  3. Normal

    February 26, 2014 by quirkyowl


    The only normal people are the ones you don’t know very well

    Alfred Adler

  4. Scandalous

    February 25, 2014 by quirkyowl


    The word ‘gate‘ is often used as a suffix to refer to a scandalous event that has taken place in current affairs, eg. Watergate (Nixon political scandal), so what would a scandal about a gate be called?


  5. Mini bites

    February 24, 2014 by quirkyowl


    APPETIZER : a small, usually tasty sampling of food taken to whet the appetite


    Italian: antipasto from anti- (from Latin ante- ‘before’) + pasto ‘food’, from Latin pastus

    Chinese: dim sum – literally ‘touch the heart’

    French: hors d’oeuvre literally ‘outside of the work’; appetizers were usually served apart (or ‘outside’) from the main course of a dinner

    Turkish: meze –  literally ‘appetizer’, from Persian maza ‘to relish’

    Spanish: tapas  tapa, literally ‘cover, lid’


  6. Olympia : Faster – Higher – Stronger

    February 23, 2014 by quirkyowl

    Olympic motto:

    Latin: Citius – Altius – Fortius

    In ancient Greece, games were held in Olympia every four years in honor of Zeus, the supreme deity and god of the sky. To the ancient Greeks, fire was considered to have sacred qualities. Months prior to the official opening ceremony of the Olympic games the Olympic torch is ignited in Olympia, Greece, and the flame continues to burn throughout the Games, until the day of the closing ceremonies, when it is finally extinguished. Today the flame symbolizes the connection between the games of ancient and modern times.


  7. Spices

    February 22, 2014 by quirkyowl


    Spices are a colourful feast for the eyes and an explosion of savoury flavours on the tongue

  8. Knowledge

    February 21, 2014 by quirkyowl


    The more that you read, the more things you will know.

    The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go


    Dr. Seuss

  9. Actions speak louder

    February 20, 2014 by quirkyowl


    Well done is better than well said

    Benjamin Franklin


  10. Trees

    February 19, 2014 by quirkyowl


    Aged trees are Nature’s historians, bearing witness to events of the past and days gone by