Monday, December 7, 2009

Simplicity


Recently, I was reading and I came over this article about this guy and his neighbor. Every year the neighbor puts up an interesting design for his Christmas decorations and this guy must think of some way to top it. This year he put a sign "<= Ditto." I laughed hysterically, but it also made me think about simplicity. Simple things often fare better than convoluted and complicated things. Simple things are so much easier to understand than convoluted ones because they don't make a person have difficulty comprehending and understanding what they are saying so they point will come much faster. Which sentence did you like better? The first one of course! And in Indian culture there is a story of two gods and how they had to race around the world. The first one ran around his parents and said, "You are my world," while they other one took it literally and went around the world. The first god succeeded in taking a much easier route. Work smart, not hard.






Saturday, February 21, 2009

The Girl Effect



Dear Readers,
Well, while I was browsing the internet for some fun information, I stumbled upon the girleffect.org. It was a very infomative website with some valuable information about girls in a developing world. The website was very well done and wasn't overly crowded but sent out its message in a fun and modern way. The website is trying to help the world one girl at a time. It was about investing in a girl which in turn helps the family (she would invest about 90% back in her family while a boy would only invest about 30-40%). The family helps the village, the village helps the country, and the country helps the world. So check out this website for 2-3 minutes and it will change your view on the world. Just go to GIRL EFFECT

Saturday, January 3, 2009

S-C-H-E-F-F-L-E-R-A

Can you repeat the word? chef ler aa
Are there any alternate pronunciations? no 
May I have the part of speech? noun
May I have the definition? any of several shrubby tropical plants that are cultivated for their showy foliage
May I have the language of origin? from a German name
chef ler aa, S-C-H-E-F-F-L-E-R-A. That is correct.

Friday, January 2, 2009

R-H-A-B-D-O-M-A-N-C-E-R

Can you repeat the word? rab deh man ser
Are there any alternate pronunciations? no
May I have the part of speech? noun
May I have the definition? one who practices divination by rods or wands
May I have the language of origin? Greek
Alright, Rab deh man ser, R-H-A-B-D-O-M-A-N-C-E-R.  That is correct, you have won the Scripps National Spelling Bee! YAY!!!

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

M-O-N-O-C-O-Q-U-E

Can you repeat the word? Ma na coke
Are there any alternate pronunciations? no
May I have the definition? There are two. Here is the first one - a type of construction in which the outer skin carries all or a major part of the stresses. The second one - a type of vehicle construction in which the body is integral with the chassis
May I have the part of speech? noun
May I have the language of origin? French from Latin
Ma na coke, M-O-N-O-C-O-Q-U-E. That is correct. 

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Z-E-U-G-M-A

Can you repeat the word? ZOOG ma
May I have the definition? the use of a word in the same construction with two adjacent words in the context with only one of which it is appropriate in sense
Are there any alternate pronunciations? no
May I have the part of speech? noun
May I have the language of origin? Middle English from Medieval Latin from Greek
ZOOG ma, Z-E-U-G-M-A. That is correct.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

P-T-E-R-Y-G-O-I-D

Can you repeat the word? Te reh goid 
Are there any alternate pronunciations? Nope
May I have the definition? of, relating to, or lying in the region of the inferior part of the sphenoid bone of the vertebrate skull
May I have the language of origin? new latin, greek
Te reh goid, P-T-E-R-Y-G-O-I-D. That is correct. Congratulations. You have won the Scripps National Spelling Bee!




Sunday, December 21, 2008

E-M-P-E-N-N-A-G-E

Can you repeat the word? Am pen aazh
Are there any alternate pronunciations? No, I've only got this one.
May I have the definition? the tail assembly of an airplane
May I have the part of speech? a noun
May I have the language of origin? French, feathers of an arrow, empennage, from empenner to feather an arrow, from em- 1en- + penne feather, from Middle French
Am pen azh, E-M-P-E-N-N-A-G-E. That is correct. You have won the Scripps National Spelling Bee. YES!!!

Saturday, December 20, 2008

P-R-O-S-C-I-U-T-T-O

You say it as Pro shoo toe....
What do you mean: Prosciutto is the Italian word for “ham,” although most consumers outside of Italy associate prosciutto with a specific type of cure for ham. To make prosciutto, ham is salted and then air dried for a period of up to two years.
After curing, prosciutto is sliced into paper thin pieces which are usually slightly transparent. It is typically eaten uncooked, on charcuterie plates, wrapped around fruit and vegetables, or in salads. In some cases, prosciutto may be lightly cooked, as is the case when it is tossed with pasta.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Haasya - Part 3 - Fun with Country Facts


1. Learning to spell your country's name is easy if you know the roots!

Montenegro: The country's name in most Western European languages, including English, reflects an adoption of the Venetian term 'monte negro' meaning "black mountain".


2. Most populous country does not necessarily mean the most dense! Even though China has the world's largest population, it only ranks as the 75th most dense country in the world. The first rank is taken by a small country called Macau, which is indirectly controlled by China. Also remember, Vatican city with a population of only 821 people is highly dense and used to be the most dense country (city?) in the past.


3. Archipelagos are places you want to go if you like water. They are a cluster of islands. One of the famous country which is an archipelago - yes - you guessed correctly - JAPAN.


4. Biggest and smallest - can they be the same? - Australia is the biggest island but it is the smallest continent.


5. National Flags do not have to be rectangular all the time! Nepal is the only country not to have a rectangular flag. The flag is on the top of this post.



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