Page 9 - Language Facts

Jersey Shore is called 'Macaroni Rascals' in Japan!


Jersey Shore is an American reality television series which ran on MTV from December 3, 2009 to December 20, 2012 in the United States.

The series follows the lives of eight housemates spending their summer at the Jersey Shore in the U.S. State of New Jersey. The show debuted amid large amounts of controversy regarding the use of the words “Guido/Guidette,” portrayals of Italian-American stereotypes, and scrutiny from locals because the cast members were not residents of the area.

The series garnered record ratings for MTV, making it the network’s most viewed series telecast ever. The series’ cast has also been credited with introducing unique lexicon and phrases into American popular culture.

The series has started airing in Japan, and with the average Japanese cable TV viewer being totally ignorant of American geography, the name “Jersey Shore” needed an explanatory subtitle. So MTV Japan has decided on translating the show to “MTV Jersey Shore—The New Jersey life of macaroni rascals”.

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The word 'cliche' is an onomatopoeia!


Cliché is an expression, idea, or element of an artistic work which has become overused to the point of losing it's original meaning, effect, and even to the point of being trite or irritating, especially when at some earlier time it was considered meaningful or novel.

The term is frequently used in modern culture for an action or idea that is expected or predictable, based on a prior event. Typically pejorative, clichés are not always false or inaccurate; a cliché may or may not be true.

You probably knew most of this, but what you probably didn’t know is that the word is an onomatopoeia! Representing the sound of a printing press.Just try not to go around bragging about it's origin, or it might soon become very cliché.

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What do 'canvas' and 'cannabis' have in common?


The words 'canvas' and 'cannabis' appear to have nothing to do with each other, but they are actually very closely related. Cannabis is the root word for canvas, and a lot of people have been shaking their heads as to why.

Well, before cannabis was made illegal and called 'marijuana', it provided a useful commodity called hemp. Hemp could be used for most things back in the 14th century, and it often was. The first canvas' were actually made from hemp, which comes from cannabis! Thus, it was called a 'canvas' because of the relation it had to the cannabis plant!

It's weird that words work like that. If you have an interest in the origin of words, you should consider studying Etymology, or just clicking the source to take you to a website where you can find out about the history of certain words!

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A man won the Nobel for saying electrons act as particles. His son won it for saying electrons act as waves!


The Nobel Prize in physics has been awarded to 193 individuals. At least two of those winners were related - father and son to be exact. This in itself is impressive (talk about good genes), but both JJ Thompson and his son, won the prize for their work with electrons.

John Joseph Thomson was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1906 for his discoveries about electricity conduction, especially within gas. He found that radiation, which resulted from voltage transmitted between two metal plates, is made up of particles that carry electricity. Thomson concluded that these particles were electrons and were part of the atom.

Thomson's son, George Paget Thomson, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1937 along with Clinton Davisson. Furthering his father's work with electrons, G.P. Thomson and Davisson won for discovering the diffraction of electrons by crystals. Even within the elite physics community, like father, like son.

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Pockets were originally called "poque"


Back in the Old North France pockets were called “poque”. The meaning of “poque” is: “small bag worn on the person, especially one sewn into a garment”.

The word appears in Middle English as pocket, and is taken from a Norman diminutive of Old French “poke, pouque, poque”. Historically, the term “pocket” referred to a pouch worn around the waist by women in the 17th to 19th centuries.

Pockets are defined as bags or envelope-like receptacles either fastened to or inserted in an article of clothing to hold small items. Pockets may also be attached to luggage, backpacks, and similar items. In older usage they were also known as hanging pockets.“Pocket” is also a term for a sack in which hops were stored, generally with a capacity of 168 -224 lbs.

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