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Giuseppe "Joe" Zangara (September 7, 1900 – March 20, 1933) was an Italian immigrant and naturalized United States citizen who attempted to assassinate then-President-elect Franklin D. Roosevelt on February 15, 1933, 17 days before Roosevelt's inauguration. During a night speech by Roosevelt in Miami, Florida, Zangara fired five shots with a handgun he had purchased a couple of days before. He missed his target and instead injured five bystanders and killed Anton Cermak, the Mayor of Chicago. == Early life == Zangara was born on September 7, 1900, in Ferruzzano, Calabria, Italy. After serving in...
Almost killed Roosevelt, but a lady hit him with her purse and foiled his plot.
Some brave lady.
Looks like a movie actor in the mug shot.
> He suffered severe pain in his abdomen, which doctors told him was chronic and incurable. In 1926 he underwent an appendectomy, but it was no help; if anything, it may have made his pain worse. The doctors who performed his autopsy attributed his abdominal pain to adhesions they found on his gallbladder.
Chronic pain can cause depression.
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Pronuncation    Clipping    Unclipped original
[nə.ˈstælʤ]     nostalj     nostalgic
[sɛl.ə.ˈbɹeɪʃ]  celebraish  celebration
[fə.ˈleɪʃ]      fellaish    fellatio
[peɪʃ]          paish       patient
[ˈpleɪ.ˈsteɪʃ]  PlayStaish  PlayStation
[ɹə.ˈleɪʃ]      relaish     relationship
[ˌveɪ.ˈkeɪʃ]    vacash      vacation
[ə.ˈtɹoʊʃ]      atrosh      atrocious
[ə.ˈmoʊʃ]       emosh       emotional
[fə.ˈɹoʊʃ]      ferosh      ferocious
[foʊʃ]          fosh        fo sho (<for sure)
That's atrosh!
If you say it loud enough you'll always sound precosh
Check out the coda clusters and rimes Spradlin reports in table 9 of “OMG the Word-final Alveopalatals are Cray-cray Prev(alent): The Morphophonology of Totes Constructions in English”, University of Pennsylvania Working Papers in Linguistics: Vol 22, Iss 1, Article 30., including deluj, confuzh, uzh, cazh, plej, sosh, promosh, precosh, negosh, losh, grosh, fosh, ferosh, emosh, atrosh, vacash, relaish, PlayStaish, paish, fellaish, celebraish, nostalj, strange rimes allegedly licensed by consonantal reassociation across syllable boundaries. — tchrist ♦ 34 secs ago
Gosh, but her gauche uses of atrosh and ferosh and such really don’t scream /o/ to me! I think that’s because gosh is normal English but gauche is only an unassimilated French loanword that leaves us with no choice but to retain the French spelling because English has no way to spell it that lets people know what word was said.
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gauche - (chemistry) Describing a torsion angle of 60°.
Ukrainian Christmas carol
About a Christ who was born in the winter in a sled, in the Lemkivshchyna region of Ukraine.
The author of the lyrics is..
Bohdan Ihor Antonych (Ukrainian: Богдан-Ігор Антонич; 5 October 1909, in Nowica – 6 July 1937, in Lviv) was a 20th-century Ukrainian poet. In 1934 Antonych received third prize honours from the Ivan Franko Society of Writers and Journalists for his work Three Signet Rings. == Biography == Antonych was born and raised in the Lemko village of Nowica where his father, Vasyl, was a parish priest. In 1928 Antonych left Nowica to study at Lviv University, where he remained until he received his degree in Slavic studies in 1933. In order to help finance his chosen career of professional writer,...
> Тешуть теслі з срібла сани,
Стелиться сніжиста путь.
теслi = tesli = carpenters; hence the surname Tesla (carpenter)
The author died aged 28 from inflammation of the cecum.
@CowperKettle "Caecum"? I have never read it the other way, but given the atrocities perpetrated on amoebae to leave the sheep amongst us with just amebe, I wouldn't put it past them.
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The cecum or caecum is a pouch within the peritoneum that is considered to be the beginning of the large intestine. It is typically located on the right side of the body (the same side of the body as the appendix, to which it is joined). The word cecum (, plural ceca ) stems from the Latin caecus meaning blind. It receives chyme from the ileum, and connects to the ascending colon of the large intestine. It is separated from the ileum by the ileocecal valve (ICV) or Bauhin's valve. It is also separated from the colon by the cecocolic junction. While the cecum is usually intraperitoneal, the ascending...
I thought the ae was disposable ))
Damned if I know. They made the chymus a chyme but left the ilium intact.
Unlike Agamemnon and Achilles.
The Spanish word for blind is ciego, the direct descendant of Latin caecus.
Adjective: ciego
  1. neuter of ciegu
  2. ciego (feminine ciega, masculine plural ciegos, feminine plural ciegas)
  3. blind
Noun: ciego m (plural ciegos)
  1. blind person
  2. Coordinate term: tuerto
  3. (anatomy) caecum
  4. Synonym: intestino ciego
Verb: ciego
  1. First-person singular (yo) present indicative form of cegar.
Wasn't the part I'd meant to cite.
> From Old Spanish, from Latin caecus, from Proto-Italic *kaikos (“blind”), from Proto-Indo-European *káykos (“one-eyed”). Compare English caecum, Portuguese cego and Italian cieco.
That was.
"In the kingdom of the blind, the one-eyed man is king." :)
"Tuerto" means one-eyed now in Spanish, and ciego blind. The PIE sense of one-eyed is from before the PIE-people had hit Italy.
And tuerto is from Latin tortus for twisted. That's why a tortuous journey is a twisted one in English, and is not just a bad way to spell torturous. :)
This is exactly the same word as we have in "tort law" etc.
> From Middle English tort, from Old French tort, from Latin tortum, from tortus (“twisted”).

tort (plural torts)

1. An injury or wrong. [from the mid-13th c.]
2. (law) A wrongful act, whether intentional or negligent, which causes an injury and can be remedied in civil court, usually through the awarding of damages. [from the later 16th c.]
3. (law, only in the plural torts) Tort law (the area of law dealing with such wrongful acts).
It's the basis for the civil court system, as opposed to the criminal court system. I am not a lawyer so I'm just a blind man in the dark.
On the other hand, tortes are tasty cakes.
> tort law (uncountable)

(law) The area of law pertaining actions that unfairly cause personal loss or harm, and result in liability for the person who commits the actions.
You can petition the court for redress and remedy when a tort has been committed against you.
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Gee there sure are a lot of mush words!
> mush n.1 Brit. /mʌʃ/, U.S. /məʃ/ (in sense 4 also) U.S. /mʊʃ/
mush n.2 Brit. /mʊʃ/, U.S. /mʊʃ/
mush n.3 Brit. /mʌʃ/, U.S. /məʃ/
mush n.4 Brit. /mʌʃ/, U.S. /məʃ/
mush n.5 Brit. /mʌʃ/, /mʊʃ/, U.S. /məʃ/, Canadian English /mʌʃ/
mush n.6 Brit. /mʊʃ/, U.S. /mʊʃ/
mush n.7 Brit. /mʊʃ/, /mʌʃ/, U.S. /məʃ/
mush n.8 Brit. /mʊʃ/, U.S. /mʊʃ/
mush n.9 Brit. /mʌʃ/, U.S. /məʃ/
mush v.1 Brit. /mʌʃ/, U.S. /məʃ/, Scottish English /mʌʃ/
mush v.2 Brit. /mʌʃ/, U.S. /mʊʃ/, /məʃ/
mush v.3 Brit. /mʌʃ/, /mʊʃ/, U.S. /məʃ/, Canadian English /mʌʃ/
And there's really no way to know how each one is pronounced.
Some rhyme with push and tush, while others rhyme with hush and gush. Some do both.
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@shoover Do you mean the kind of mush that rhymes with push and bush and whoosh and tush? Or do you mean the kind of mush that rhymes with hush and rush and brush and crush? Or is your dialect one that never went through the FOOT–STRUT split and so you have the “good foot” vowel in every single one of those words I just mentioned? :) — tchrist ♦ 4 mins ago
Notice you can't possibly read the sentence aloud correctly the first time through because you can't know which mush each one is until you see the rhymes!
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The Catalogue of Women (Ancient Greek: Γυναικῶν Κατάλογος, romanized: Gunaikôn Katálogos)—also known as the Ehoiai (Ancient Greek: Ἠοῖαι, romanized: Ēoîai, Ancient: [ɛː.ôi̯.ai̯])—is a fragmentary Greek epic poem that was attributed to Hesiod during antiquity. The "women" of the title were in fact heroines, many of whom lay with gods, bearing the heroes of Greek mythology to both divine and mortal paramours. In contrast with the focus upon narrative in the Homeric Iliad and Odyssey, the Catalogue was structured around a vast system of genealogies stemming from these unions and, in M. L. West's...
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Russian doctors consider this one of the worst recent inventions that have swept Russia.
Especially pediatric surgeons.
In English, this is called snow tubing.
The Russian term for a snow tube is vatrushka
Vatrushka (Belarusian, Russian and Ukrainian: ватрушка) is an Eastern European pastry (pirog) formed as a ring of dough with quark in the middle, sometimes with the addition of raisins or bits of fruit. The most common size is about 5–10 cm (2–4 in) in diameter, but larger versions also exist. Vatrushkas are typically baked using a sweet yeast bread dough. Savoury varieties are made using unsweetened dough, with onion added to the filling.The etymology of the word is uncertain. A widespread hypothesis derives the name from the word vatra meaning "fire" in some Slavic languages. Alternative hypotheses...
Because it reminds in form this kind of pastry with an open filling, usually of sweetened cottage cheese
The first usage of vatrushka is attested in the 1780s
It's etymology is unclear. It might derive from the word tvorog (cottage cheese) through a complex series of modifications.
It might not.
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It is plus 3°C, and I can hear rain.
This is the longest warm spell in December that I remember in Yekaterinburg.
We had similar spells, but they lasted 2 days max.
This one has been gradding almost a week.
The streets are like skating rinks. Patches of dark ice.
All this water freezes over, then melts and freezes over again.
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@tchrist it's just an urban sparrow that works out.
@CowperKettle And read also rhymes with led. And red. And dead.
@CowperKettle oh yeah, I very much like ones and zeroes and kompyooter
These words, however, don't rhyme: though, bough, rough, through, ought, sough.
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Actually, I misspoke: bough does rhyme with sough. Too many pronunciations to keep track of in one sentence.
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Q: Is Galdalf really on 'du' terms with the Balrog? (Odd 'duzen' example)

RDBuryGandalf's line "You shall not pass!" from The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring is something of a meme, so I naturally wondered how it was translated into German. This video has the relevant dialog (once at :40, and again at 1:15). Gandalf says "Du kannst nicht vorbei!" There are a fe...

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Hm. A lot.
> In November 1990, a 36-year-old Merkel campaigns on the Baltic coast in Germany's first election after reunification. She reportedly drank five schnapps with them.
@Robusto oh! Oh! Oh! Here's another excellent example of just that. Taken to the max.
In unrelated news, a merry Second Sunday to everyone.
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