("In a jiffy." How many times have you said, or heard that? When someone says "I'll be with you in a jiffy", they actually mean "a moment or a short amount of time".
The etymology of the word 'jiffy' is uncertain. The Oxford English Dictionary says "Origin unascertained". The earliest use it gives is from Munchhausen's Travels (1785): "In six jiffies I found myself and all my retinue . . . at the rock of Gibralter [sic]". One dictionary of etymology says that it was originally thieves' slang for 'lightning'.
I have also read that the term was taken into the scientific community late in the 20th century and was actually applied as a unit of time; however the unit seems to vary from discipline to discipline! It may refer to one computer clock cycle, 1/100 of a second, one millisecond, approximately one nanosecond, one nanosecond, one AC power cycle, or an indetermina…
Did you know that today is World Water Day (WWD). It is the starting day for the International Decade for Action, "Water for Life" 2005 - 2015, proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in its resolution A/RES/58/217.
It is a call to reach out beyond the community and to link with worldwide efforts of international agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), governments and the community-at-large. In order to achieve a common goal: to bring global and local attention and to galvanize action, so that every person on the planet is less vulnerable to water stress, water-related disasters and poor water quality.
Here are some water facts:-
Water and sanitation 1.1 billion people lack access to safe drinking water. 2.2 billion people lack access to improved sanitation (latrines, hand washing, etc.). Safe drinking-water and basic sanitation help prevent water-related disease, including diarrhoeal diseases, schistosomiasis, filariasis, trachoma and helminths. The reliab…
'Dreamt' is the only English word that ends in the letters 'mt'.
(Dreamt is the past participle or past tense of to dream. If you're playing Scrabble, some other words end in dreamt, like daydreamt, outdreamt, redreamt, and believe it or not undreamt (as in it was undreamt of that one day man would land on the moon.))