November 1 2016

I Love Steno Trivia Tuesday

Trivia Tuesday PurpleQUESTION: What classic story do the words “Lilliputian” and “Brobdingnagian” originate from?

ANSWER: Gulliver’s Travels, by Jonathan Swift.

Lilliputian, which means, “very small,” comes from a locality in the tome, Lilliput, where very tiny people lived. Brobdingnagian, which means, “very large,” comes from a geographic location in Gulliver’s Travels, Brobdingnag, where giants resided.

[Source: The Grammar Bible]

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September 27 2016

I Love Steno Trivia Tuesday

Trivia Tuesday PurpleQUESTION: How many languages are there in the world?

ANSWER: According to BBC, there are about 7,000 different languages in the world. However, most of the languages in existence are not spoken by a large population of people. The BBC states that 90% of the existing languages are spoken by less than 100,000, and 46 languages have a solitary speaker.

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August 2 2016

I Love Steno Trivia Tuesday

Trivia Tuesday PurpleQUESTION: What two words are combined to create the portmanteau word, “endorphin”?

Answer: endogenous and morphine.

Endogenous is defined as follows: “(1) Growing or produced by growth from deep tissue. (2) Caused by factors inside the organism or system. (3) Produced or synthesized within the organism or system.”

Morphine is “A bitter crystalline addictive narcotic base C17H19NO3 that is the principal alkaloid of opium and is used in the form of a soluble salt as an analgesic and sedative.”

An endorphin is a endogenous opioid neuropeptide. It is a “morphine-like substance originating within the body.” Endorphins are produced by the pituitary gland and the central nervous system.

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