Page 10 - Language Facts

The origin of upper case and lower case letters is actually incredibly simple! What is it?

The Printing Press was the most revolutionary piece of equipment ever created. The printing press allowed the creation and duplication of many different documents, so that they could be spread around the world.

Reading and Writing were skills only obtained by the rich and religious leaders. The creation of the printing press made it easier for the general public to have access to reading materials, and slowly, overtime, they learned how to read.

Enough of that boring history. Let's learn why we refer to capital letters as 'uppercase' and regular leaders, as 'lower case'. The original printing press had two different cases on it.

Each case was identical, except for the fact that one of the cases had only capital letters (A, B, C...) While the other case had regular letters (a, b, c...)

People started referring to capital letters as Upper Case letters because they were literally on the upper case of the printing press!


If you've ever said "Money is the root of all evil," you completely missed the point of the original phrase. Here's why

Most of us have heard the saying "money is the root of all evil." Essentially, this means that money is behind all the evil in the world - the motivation, the goal, the means. However, this saying, while some may believe it is true, is actually a misquotation.

The phrase comes from the Bible, specifically Timothy 6:1-12. The actual saying is "the love of money is the root of all evil." And if you want to get technical with the translation, it's "the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil." All of these phrases may sound the same at first glance. They aren't though.

The real translation puts the focus on the person because someone has to love money in order for it to be evil. Money itself is not inherently evil. And anyone could love money - rich or poor.


Before the r-word, there was this term that came from the French word for Christian!

Over the years, there have been plenty of offensive names for those with mental disabilities.

With increased understanding and sensitivity to these issues, these names have thankfully diminished. The first term used to describe the mentally handicapped was actually quite kind though.

"Cretin" is considered a term of abuse today. However, when it was first used, it was not seen that way. It comes from a French word for Christian.

It conveyed that those with mental disabilities were still human and still Christian. They deserved to be treated with dignity and were thought to be incapable of sin. Thus, they were Christ-like.


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There are people who want to replace the standard alphabet with one made up of dots!

Dotsies is an alphabet that uses dots instead of letters. It was invented by Craig Muth and is optimized for reading.

The letters in each word smoosh together, so words look like shapes. Each letter has 5 dots arranged vertically that are either on or off (black or white). It currently has a mapping for English.

Dotsies is designed to be more space efficient than the Roman alphabet - particularly more horizontally codensed so that the eyes can move at a more relaxed pace while reading.

Dotsies is primarily meant to be generated by electronic devices (computers and smartphones, etc.) And to make more efficient use of screen space.

Make sure you check their webpage at the URL in the source link!


5555 means LOL in Thailand!

Imagine you and someone from Thailand are chatting somewhere and sometime on the Internet. Imagine that, in the course of the conversation, you, and this may require some extra imagination say something utterly, awesomely hilarious.

Out of nowhere, you see your new friend just sent you “55555”. You ignore it, then you say something funny again and you get another “55555”.

What it’s all this about? In Thai, the number 5 is pronounced "ha" so instead of saying "hahahahaha," Thai speakers will sometimes write "55555."

In another words, you should feel happy for making your new friend giggle! If you’d like to use a new shortcut for “HA” now you know that “5” can be used for the same purpose.



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