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Wonk erom tuoba Semordnilap

Wonk erom tuoba Semordnilap | eklectica.in
“Semordnilap” is a word playfully coined by word-game lovers some time in the mid 20th century. While a palindrome reads the same way backwards or forwards (otto, kayak), a semordnilap (itself a semordnilap of “palindromes”) makes a completely different word when spelled backwards. While there are some semordnilaps that arose by chance (desserts-stressed, diaper-repaid), there are many, like “semordnilap,” that were created on purpose, usually to not-so-covertly hint at the words they happen to be reversing. Here are 9 words, besides semordnilap, expressly built to be semordnilaps.

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A Brief History of Beer

A Brief History of Beer | eklectica.in
Beer brewing and drinking are activities that have been part of the human experience seemingly since the dawn of civilization. Around 10,000 years ago, mankind began to move away from living life as nomadic hunter gatherers, and began settling down in one spot to farm the land. Grain, a vital ingredient in beer making, was cultivated by these new agricultural societies.

No one is exactly sure how the process of beer making was discovered or who first discovered it, but it is thought that some bread or grain got wet, fermenting into an inebriating pile of mush thanks to yeast in the air.

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Happily disgusted? 15 new "compound" emotions identified

Happily disgusted? 15 new
Until recently, scientists had only identified six basic human emotions: happy, sad, fearful, angry, surprised and disgusted.

These “emotion categories,” as cognitive scientists like to call them, are defined by the facial muscles we use to express each emotion.


In a new study published this week in the journal PNAS, Aleix Martinez, an associate professor at Ohio State University and his colleagues have identified 15 additional “compound emotions.” These are expressed by combining the basic emotions, much like using the primary colors blue and red to create purple.

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36 Unexpected Origins Of Everyday British Phrases

>36 Unexpected Origins Of Everyday British Phrases | eklectica.in
Back to Square One – meaning back to the beginning, originated in the 1930s when the first radio broadcasts of football matches were made by the BBC.

To help listeners keep track of the game, The Radio Times devised a numbered grid system which they published in the magazine, enabling commentators to indicate to listeners exactly where the ball was on the pitch.

“Square One” was the goalkeeper’s area, and whenever the ball was passed back to him, play was referred to as being ‘back to square one’.

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Netiquette of Capitalization: How Caps Became Code for Yelling

Netiquette of Capitalization: How Caps Became Code for Yelling | eklectica.in
Typing in all caps is Internet code for shouting, and it is rude.

People have long used capital letters to set text apart and convey its importance, but upper case letters haven’t always signified loudness. The first bloggers may be responsible for that development: Linguist Ben Zimmer pointed me to old “Usenet newsgroups”—the precursors of the forums and Reddit threads that dominate the Internet today—where people hashed out what capital letters would mean online. In 1984, one user had to explain: “if it’s in caps i’m trying to YELL!”

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The Untold History of Where Barcodes Come From

The Untold History of Where Barcodes Come From | eklectica.in
A time without barcodes is hard to imagine now. But it wasn’t that long ago, and the story doesn’t start with George Laurer. It starts with an engineer named Joseph Woodland. In 1948 Woodland was trying to come up with simple symbol that, when scanned, would translate to a number that a computer could use to identify a product.

Legend has it that he came up with his design while sitting on the beach in Miami. He was puzzling over the whole thing, thinking about Morse Code and tracing circles in the sand. When finally, bulls-eye!

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