Friday, 1 February 2013

The Daily Teaser — 1-2-2013: Dictionary Corner

Hmmm … 

OK, I’ll be frank: I haven’t managed to get that letter written to the Gazette.


Mind you, I did managed to email off me cv to a vacancy.   AND managed to finish up quite a few Teaser videos.

Complete with another new intro in todays.

Enjoy that … !

Let’s move on … 


Yesterday’s Teaser saw Debbi putting in her answers: along with telling us that Goggle* seemed to have eaten the answers she’d put in, the day before yesterday, she ALSO managed to bag 5 out of 5.

Let’s see how she — and you — do with today’s Teaser: here it is, along with the ‘How To’, license and video … 

Q1) 1st February, 1884, saw the publication of the first volume of the Oxford English Dictionary.   The first formal editor was Herbert … who … ?
Q2) In which year was the OED first released as a Compact Edition … ?
Q3) In its entries, the OED lists which, first: British spellings, or American?
Q4) Which of Shakespeare’s works is most quoted in the OED … ?
Q5) And finally … Which fantastical English writer worked on the OED, after leaving the army … ?
And here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 31st January, 1990, saw the first branch of McDonalds open in Moscow: what’s the name of McDonalds clown mascot … ?   
A1) Ronald McDonald.   (Lord knows what they called him in  Soviet Russia …)
Q2) 5 years later, 31st January, 1995, saw President Bill Clinton make a $20 billion loan to which central American country … ?   
A2) Mexico.
Q3) 31st January, 2012, saw which James Cameron film become the first to gross over $2 billion, worldwide … ?   
A3) Avatar.
Q4) 31st January, 2000, saw Dr Harold Shipman sentenced to life imprisonment: for killing how many of his patients … ?   
A4) 15.
Q5) And finally … 31st January, 1930, saw 3M begin selling Scotch Tape.   3M was a contracted version of the company’s original name: which was what … ?   
A5) Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company.
I’ll leave you with this quote from Ambrose Bierce …
“Circus, n: A place where horses, ponies and elephants are permitted to see men, women and children acting the fool.”   From Ambrose Bierce’s Devil’s Dictionary
And with a little something from the Tomtom Club … 

Enjoy your day … !

*        Lord knows what happened, there, Debbi: I’ve double checked, and they’re still not there.    I’m blowed if I know what’s happened, there, but I do know Trevor’s complained of exactly the same thing, before now.

1 comment:

Debbi said...

Well, these things happen. You'll have to let me know how you like the teaser post answers, which ended up getting updated, of course. :)

1. Herbert Coleridge
2. 1971
3. British
4. Hamlet
5. J.R.R. Tolkien