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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.)

International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

25th November

1960 - Three sisters, Patria, Minerva and María Teresa Mirabal, were brutally murdered for their political activism. The sisters, known as the "Unforgettable Butterflies," became a symbol of violence against women in Latin America.

Women's activists have marked November 25 as a day against violence since 1981 and on December 17, 1999, the United Nations General Assembly designated November 25 (the anniversary of the day of the murder of the Mirabal sisters) as the annual date for the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women in commemoration of the sisters. Due to their mark in history November 25, is observed each year as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women in honor of the Mirabal sisters. It also marks the beginning of the 16 days of Activism against Gender Violence. The end of the 16 Days is December 10, International Human Rights Day.

http://www.un.org/en/events/endviolenceday/

On This Day

18th November

1307 - Famed marksman William Tell put an apple on his son's head and shot it off.  (Call Social Services)

1928 - Mickey Mouse appeared in Steamboat Willie, his first cartoon to be distributed.

2004 - Britain outlawed fox hunting in England and Wales.

On This Day

11th November

1918 - On the 11th hour of the 11th Day in the 11th month the Armistice that officially ended the First World War was declared.

https://www.google.com/culturalinstitute/project/first-world-war
https://flic.kr/g/fnA5wu

2005 - Lord Lichfield, the Royal photographer died at the age of 66 after suffering a major stroke.

(Apart from being an excellent photographer he endeared himself to me by using a whistle to keep the Royal Family in order when taking the photographs at Charles and Diana's wedding - I am sure that he and Diana will have a few interesting words to say to each other.)

On This Day

10th November

2008 - Mama Africa (Miriam Makeba) died of a heart attack after collapsing on stage.

On This Day

8th November

1920 - Rupert Bear first appeared in the Daily Express.

On This Day

5th November

1605 - Guy Fawkes and other conspirators attempted to blow up the English Parliament and failed.

Guy Fawkes and Bonfire Night

On This Day

4th November

1783 – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Symphony No. 36 was performed for the first time in Linz, Austria.

1839 – The Newport Rising took place, which is the last large-scale armed rebellion against authority on mainland Britain.

1847 – Sir James Young Simpson, a British physician, discovered the anaesthetic properties of chloroform.

1918 – Wilfred Owen, English soldier and poet died, 6 days before the end of the war.

1922 – British archaeologist Howard Carter and his men found the entrance to Pharaoh Tutankhamun's tomb in the Valley of the Kings in Egypt.

1952 – The United States government established the National Security Agency, or NSA.

1999 - Wallace and Gromit's animated adventure A Grand Day Out was first shown.

2008 – Barack Obama became the first man of African-American descent to be elected President of the United States.

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