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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.)

On This Day

21st August

1770 – James Cook formally claimed eastern Australia for Great Britain, naming it New South Wales.

1831 – Nat Turner led black slaves and free blacks in a rebellion in Southampton County, Virginia.

1879 – The Virgin Mary, along with St. Joseph and St. John the Evangelist, reportedly appeared to the people of Knock, County Mayo, Ireland. Paving the way for lots of little plastic figurines.

1911 – The Mona Lisa was stolen by an employee at the Louvre in Paris.


1968 - Dozens of people were killed in a massive military clampdown in Czechoslovakia.

1983 - Benigno Aquino, the Philippines opposition leader, was murdered just minutes after returning home from exile.

1986 - 1,700 people died when a cloud of lethal gas escaped from a volcanic lake, Lake Nyos, in Cameroon.

On This Day

20th August

1858 – Charles Darwin first published his theory of evolution in The Journal of the Proceedings of the Linnean Society of London, alongside Alfred Russel Wallace's same theory.

1882 – Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture debuted in Moscow.

1940 – Exiled Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky was fatally wounded with an ice axe by Ramon Mercader in Mexico.

1978 - A 29 year old airline stewardess, Irit Gidron, died during an attack on a bus carrying Israelis in central London. The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) later said it had carried out the attack.

1986 – U.S. Postal employee Patrick Sherrill gunned down 14 of his co-workers and then commited suicide in In Edmond, Oklahoma.

1988 – A cease-fire was agreed between Iran and Iraq, after almost eight years of war.

1989 – The pleasure boat Marchioness sank on the River Thames, in London, following a collision. 51 people were killed.

1991 – Estonia seceded from the Soviet Union.

On This Day

19th August

1561 – 18-year-old Mary Queen of Scots returned to Scotland, after spending 13 years in France.

1692 – 5 people, 1 woman and 4 men, including a clergyman, were executed after being convicted of witchcraft in Salem, Massachusetts.

1745 – Prince Charles Edward Stuart landed Glenfinnan, raised his standard and marched on London – the start of the Second Jacobite Rebellion known as "the 45".

1919 – Afghanistan gained full independence from the United Kingdom.

1934 – The creation of the position of Führer was approved by the German electorate with 89.9% of the popular vote.

1977 – Groucho Marx died.

1989 – Several hundred East Germans crossed the frontier between Hungary and Austria during the Pan-European Picnic, part of the events which began the process of the Fall of the Berlin Wall.

1999 – Tens of thousands of Serbians rallied in Belgrade, to demand the resignation of Federal Republic of Yugoslavia President Slobodan Milošević.

On This Day

18th August

1982 - The first CD was produced at Philips' factory in Germany.

On This Day

16th August
1819 – Seventeen people die and over 600 were injured in cavalry charges at a public meeting at St. Peter's Field, Manchester, England, which was held to demand the reform of parliamentary representation. This became known as The Peterloo Massacre.

1902 – Georgette Heyer, English author was born.

1906 – An estimated 8.2 MW earthquake hit Valparaíso, Chile, killing 3,886 people.

1913 – Tōhoku Imperial University of Japan (modern day Tohoku University) becomes the first university in Japan to admit female students.
1946 – Mass riots in Kolkata began, in which more than 4,000 people were murdered over the next 72 hours.

1960 – Cyprus gained its independence from the United Kingdom.
1974 – Punk Rock pioneers The Ramones played their first show in a local New York club called CBGB.
1977 - Elvis Presley died.

2012 – South African police fatally shot 34 miners and wounded 78 more during an industrial dispute near Rustenburg.

On This Day

14th August

1947 - Colonial rule in India ended, and the country of Pakistan was created.

On This Day

1946 - H G Wells died in London at the age of 79.

His works included The Time Machine, The Invisible Man, and The War of the Worlds.

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