Words and Numbers Trivia
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The male name Andrew is from the Greek word for “manly.”
The term “resolution” has so many definitions in photography that most people have difficulty understanding it. It can refer to anything from “the number of droplets of ink a printer applies” to “the number of photosensitive elements in a digital camera's CCD” to “the sharpness seen in a photographic print.”
The male name Dylan is Welsh in origin, and translates to "from the sea."
When sailors speak of sheets (as in "four sheets to the wind"), they are not talking about sails. A sheet in nautical terminology is a rope or chain.
The term for the most common form of hardening arteries, “atherosclerosis,” comes from the Greek words for “hard porridge.”
The male name Gregory is from the Greek word meaning "watchman."
When the full-length, poetic name of Bangkok, capital of Thailand, is used, it is usually abbreviated to "Krung Thep" (City of Angels). The full-length version is the longest place name of any town or city in the world (167 letters): Krung thep mahanakhon bovorn ratanakosin mahintharayutthaya mahadilok pop noparatratchathani burirom udomratchanivetma hasathan amornpiman avatarnsa thit sakkathattiyavisnukarmprasit.
The U.S. Coast Guard motto, semper paratus, means "always prepared."
The male name Mark is from the Latin word for "hammer."
When truckers in the U.S. talk about "green stamps," they are discussing speeding tickets.
The verb “traduce” means to say untrue or malicious things about someone or something; if you have been "traduced," you have been slandered or vilified.
The male name Neil is derived from the Celtic word for “champion.”
When used by an ornithologist, the word "lore" refers to the space between a bird's eye and its bill.
The Viking alphabet was called the Futhark. The letters, called "runes," were made from straight lines, making them easier to carve on stone or wood. Stones with writing on them are called runestones.
The male name Noah is from Hebrew and means "rest."
The winged hat worn by the ancient Greek god Hermes (or, in Roman mythology, Mercury) was called a "petasos."
The male name Ralph is from Old English and means “protector.”
The male name Steven is from Greek and means "crown."
When written in Roman numerals, the year 1666 is the only date in history that is written from the highest to the lowest value, MDCLXVI (1,000 + 500 + 100 + 50 + 10 + 5 + 1).
While Arabic is the official language in Lebanon, French, and English are widely spoken and taught in the schools.
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