Page 5 - Language Facts

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.

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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.


Blond and Blonde technically don't mean the same thing!

The correct use of "blonde" is for a woman with yellow hair for males, it's "blond." The terms aren't completely synonymous.

The term comes from Old French's "blund" which literally means midway between gold and light chestnut.

This means that blond and blonde are one of the few word in English that has gender differentiation.

While in other languages it's pretty common (for example, in Spanish it would be rubio and rubia), English has very few words that change when used for the male and female gender


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There’s a word to describe the “spiteful behavior” of inanimate objects!

Have you ever thought that an inanimate object was plotting against you? If you have, you might be a little bit delusional.

Or , on the odd chance that you think that the inanimate object world isn't out to get you - you have experience resistentialism.

Chances are you have never heard this word before. If you haven't, memorize it. It's good to expand your vocabulary on a day to day basis! Resistentialism defined as the 'seemingly spiteful behaviour shown by inanimate objects'!

A perfect example of resistentialism would be all of the little things that happen on a day to day basis that drive you mad! One of these things may include misplacing your keys.

Resistentialism was a phrase coined by Paul Jennings to describe the every day battle between man inanimate object.


Tank Tops got their name from old Tank Suits that women wore to swim!

Today, women mostly wear two-piece bathing suits. If you visit a beach or the local pool, you'll see any number of versions of the bikini and tankini.

Back in the 1920s though, the one piece suit was all the rage. Women's fashion back then required more coverage and bathing suits did not bare the torso but rather covered the full upper body but bared the arms.

These suits were also called "tank suits." The "tank" was the pool or body of water that the woman was swimming in. Today, we call sleeveless tops (both men's and women's) "tank tops." This comes from the sleeveless style of these one piece bathing suits.



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