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Interesting Words - Dictionary Additions

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The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) has added over 1,000 words.

(New entries include air-punching - the act of thrusting a clenched fist into the air in elation or triumph.

Agender for designating people who do not identify themselves as a particular gender.

Bovver - part of the catchphrase of comedian Catherine Tate's teenage character Lauren (Bovvered?)

Budgie smugglers - close-fitting swimming trunks

Dudettes - the female form of dude.

Fro-yo - the short form for frozen yoghurt.

Starter marriages are short-lived first marriages.

*Stupid o'clock - used to describe a time outside normal waking hours.

*See!  I told you it would make it in eventually.)

A couple of new abbreviations were added too:-

ICYMI (in case you missed it)
FWIW (for what it's worth)

Interesting Fact - Families

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According to a report by Sainsbury's bank, daughters are more expensive than sons.

(This isn't due to any costs of getting married, dowries etc., it's purely on the basis of raising the children.

Girls cost thousands of pounds more than boys to bring up
0 to 5 boys cost £5,475 a year, and girls £5,7676 to 13 boys cost £6,414 a year, and girls £7,79414 to 18 boys cost £7,172 a year, and girls £7,747  The biggest issue is that clothing costs more for girls, so I would say from the ages 0 to 13, it's the parent's fault.  Pink stuff probably costs more than blue stuff.)

On This Day

7th July

1543 – French troops invade Luxembourg.

1947 – The Roswell UFO incident took place.

1967 – The civil war in Biafra began.

1969 – In Canada, the Official Languages Act was adopted making the French language equal to the English language throughout the Federal government.

1978 – The Solomon Islands became independent from the United Kingdom.

2005 - Four bombs were set off on the London public transport system during the morning rush hour, killing 56 people, and injuring 700. It was the deadliest single act of terrorism in the UK since the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 in 1988, which killed 270 people. A group called "Al Qaeda in Europe" claimed responsibility for the attacks.

2006 – The Western Black Rhinoceros, the rarest of the Black Rhino subspecies, was declared extinct by the World Conservation Union, due to poaching.

Interesting Fact - The Chilcot Report

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The Chilcot report into the Iraq war cost £10,375,000.00. It consists of 12-volumes containing 2.6 million words.

(The inquiry was launched on 30 July 2009, to cover the period of 2001 to the end of July 2009.  Over 100 witnesses were called.

The findings of the report were that British military action was not the last resort, that policy on Iraq was made on the basis of flawed intelligence that was never challenged, and that the overall severity of the threat posed by Iraq, particularly the existence of weapons of mass destruction, was grossly overstated, and presented with a certainty that was not justified.)

The whole report can be downloaded here: http://www.iraqinquiry.org.uk/

Today

6th July 2016

The Chilcot report was published.

On This Day

4th July

1776 - The Declaration of Independence was adopted. However, the 4th of July was not declared a public holiday in the USA until 1941.  (PS - Idependence Day is not celebrated in the UK.)

1865 - Alice in Wonderland was first published.

Today

1st July

The nation remembers those who died and were injured at the Somme during the First World War.

At 7:28 am The Lochnagar mine, which had been placed under the German lines, was detonated, creating the largest man-made mine crater created in the First World War. At 7:30am a whilstle was blown and hundreds of soldiers "went over the top" in what is now called Zero Hour, only to be mown down by machine gun fire.  No one seems to know how many German soldiers were killed in the explosion.

By the end of the day thousands had died, and the Battle of the Somme continued for 141 days, at the end of which an estimated million soldiers were killed and wounded. The bodies of 72,000 men were never recovered.

You can read more about the Lochnagar crater here.

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