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Interesting Word - Malapropism

A malapropism is the "inappropriate" use of a word. It is derived from the French phrase mal à propos (literally "ill-suited").

(It's also called a Dogberryism or acyrologia. Basically if you substitute an incorrect word for a word with a similar sound, you've made a malapropism, for example: "I resemble that remark", instead of "I resent that remark". If you want to see it in action, just read Sheridan's 1775 play 'The Rivals', and in particular the character Mrs. Malaprop.)

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21st October

1966 at 09:15 - 144 people, 116 of them children, were killed when a tip of coal waste slid onto the village of Aberfan in South Wales.

At the Tribunal of Inquiry into the Aberfan Disaster, the NCB was found responsible for the disaster, due to "ignorance, ineptitude and a failure of communication". No NCB employee was fired, demoted or even disciplined.

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20th October

1781 - British commander Lord Cornwallis surrendered to a Franco-American force led by George Washington and the comte de Rochambeau, at Yorktown, Virginia, paving the way for the end of the American Revolutionary War.

2015 - English radio launched online.

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18th October

1922 - The BBC (British Broadcasting Corp.) was established.

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15th October

1901 - Walt Disney was born.

2013 - The Royal Mail was privatised.

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14th October

1066 - The Battle of Hastings, Duke William of Normandy and Norman army defeated the English forces of Harold II.

1773 - The first recorded Ministry of Education, the Komisja Edukacji Narodowej (Commission of National Education), was formed in Poland.

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4th October

1957: The Russian satellite, Sputnik was launched into space. Becoming the first man-made object ever to leave the Earth's atmosphere.

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4th October

1924 - Winnie-the-Pooh first appeared in the children's verse book, "When We Were Very Young".

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