Things I Learned 2011-04 to 2011-08

Whoops, here’s a mega catch up post.
  • nurdle – a small amount of toothpaste akin to what consumers would use brushing their teeth [source]
  • Wikipedia article of the month: Calculator Spelling
  • Tongue eating louse is a parasite that attaches itself to a host fish’s tongue, causing it to atrophy, and eventually functions as a tongue replacement for the fish.   [unlikely source] [do not miss the photos]
  • pogrom (Russian: погром) is a form of violent riot, a mob attack, either approved or condoned by government or military authorities, directed against a particular group, whether ethnic, religious, or other, and characterized by killings and destruction of their homes and properties, businesses, and religious centres.   [Source: “Initially intended to express anger at the draft, the protests turned ugly and degraded into ‘a virtual racial pogrom, with uncounted numbers of blacks murdered on the streets’. “]
  • bricoleur –  visual art “jack of all trades”  [source]
  • No-break hyphen. Like the no-break space, this looks like a hyphen but isn’t treated as one; in Word, it’s accessed via Ctrl-Shift-“-“. Other useful dash characters are accessed in Word by holding down Alt and typing 0150 or 0151 on the numeric keypad; these dashes are longer than the usual “-” character.  [source]
  • tumescence – engorgement [source]
  • Founder of Zogsports had a close call on 9/11 [source]
  • Six Sigma was invited at Motorola

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