Wednesday, August 17, 2011

It's Official

It really is. Thanks to The Merry, i am now the proud adoptive parent of the word diloricate.

Yes, it really is a word. It means to rip open a sewn piece of clothing. An example of its use would be, "Yesterday my son managed to diloricate his new school pants when he wore them to the creek."

Please note that this did not really happen, for if it did i might have to seriously encumber such future activities.

Encumber, another good old word that isn't used often enough.

If you want to adopt a rarely used word, give it new life, check out the site

Today is:

#2 Pencil Day -- internet generated, but since a pencil can draw a line 35 miles long, write under water, in zero gravity, or upside down, what's not to celebrate!

Artists in the Park Day -- Cate Park, Wolfeboro, NH, US (juried exhibit and sale, 10AM-5PM, rain or shine)

Day of Rituals in the Temples of Ra, Horus, and Osiris -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar

Festival of Diana -- Ancient Roman Calendar

Independence Day -- Gabon; Indonesia

Meaning of "Is" Day -- thank you, Clinton!

National Medical Dosimetrists' Day (medical radiation safety experts)

National Thrift Shop Day -- no history on it, probably started by a thrift store having a summer sale; still a good idea

National Vanilla Custard Day

Odin's Ordeal begins -- Ancient Norse Calendar, through the 25th

Portunalia -- Roman Empire (god of locks, keys, ports, and harbors)

Prekmurje Union Day -- Slovenia

San Martin Day, Argentina

St. Hyacinth's Day (Patron Saint of Lithuania)

Birthdays Today:

Sean Penn, 1960
Robert DeNiro, 1943
Maureen O'Hara, 1920
Mae West, 1892
charles I, last emperor of Austria-Hungary, 1887
Samuel Goldwyn, 1882
Davy Crockett, 1786

Today in History:

The Peace of Bergerac gives political rights to the Huguenots, 1577
John White returns to Roanoke, Virginia, to find no trace of the colonists he had left there 3 years earlier, 1590
Robert Fulton's steamboat Clermont begins its first trip up the Hudson River, 1807
Solymon Merrick patents the wrench, 1835
The first bank in Hawai'i opens, 1858
Patent granted for an electric self starter for automobiles, 1891
Pike Place Market, the longest continuously-running public farmers market in the US, opens in Seattle, 1907
Fantasmagorie by Émile Cohl, the first animated cartoon, is shown in Paris, 1908
First meeting of Narcotics Anonymous in Southern California, 1953
Quake Lake is formed by the magnitude 7.5 1959 Yellowstone earthquake near Hebgen Lake in Montana, 1958
East German border guards kill 18-year-old Peter Fechter as he attempts to cross the Berlin Wall into West Berlin becoming one of the first victims of the wall, 1962
Category 5 Hurricane Camille hits the Mississippi coast, killing 248 people and causing $1.5 billion in damage, 1969
Venera 7 launched. It will later become the first spacecraft to successfully transmit data from the surface of another planet (Venus), 1970
Double Eagle II becomes first balloon to cross the Atlantic Ocean when it lands in Miserey near Paris, 137 hours after leaving Presque Isle, Maine, 1978
The first Compact Discs are released to the public in Germany, 1982
The first forced evacuation of settlers, as part of the Israel unilateral disengagement plan, starts, 2005


  1. I've bookmarked the word site. I want to adopt all the words.
    Thanks for blogging about it.

  2. Congratulations on the newest member of your family. I hope your son will start avunculizing.

  3. Leah, that's what happens when an English major finds a site like this -- it's too good not to share.

    Merry, at this point, big brothering would be better, i'm not ready for grandkids.


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