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Today’s INSIGHT: Did You Know That ‘Stew’ Was The Name For A Brothel (A Whorehouse)?

by Anura Guruge


I had no idea. I was confused the first time I heard it used in that context. Appears that in 12th Century England it WAS the word for a whorehouse. Routinely used.

I learnt this via the latest Amazon Audible book I am listening, viz. “A Mortal Bane”. See below. Kind of neat. I can see how this word could evolve over time.


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Today’s INSIGHT: Ever Wondered What The Name ‘Canada’ Means?

by Anura Guruge


As some of you know names intrigue me & I spend a fair amount of time thinking about the origins & meanings of names. I wish I had more time to pursue this fobile. Ideally, I would look up each & every name I come across. I still need to find what ‘Craig‘ stands for & where it came from. That is just one of thousands.

The other day ‘Canada‘ popped into my mind. Had no idea. Did YOU? Had to look it up.

Check the Wikipedia entry. They even have two alternate, humorous, suggestions.


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Today’s INSIGHT: ‘Drummer’ Used To Be Another Name For Travelling Salesman.

by Anura Guruge


Did YOU know that? I did not.

I was reading a book set in the 1860s when the term came up — it was talking about two ‘drummers’ who were visiting a midwest Army fort carrying their ‘goods’. Stumped I. So, had to look it up. WOW.

So, I had to SHARE with you. What do you think?


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Today’s INSIGHT: ‘Bagatelle’ Is An Actual Place & There Is A Board Game Of That Name.

by Anura Guruge


The board game. A type of pocket billiards. Goal is to get the small balls into the ‘holes’ made from the pegs using the small cue.


‘Mere bagatelle’ (a phrase I am fond of) comes from the Château de Bagatelle, outside Paris (France). It was basically built as a ‘folly’ — a trifle. Hence, mere Bagatelle. COOL. I just found that out, after encountering the Bagatelle board game on Facebook. Had never heard of it or seen a board. The board game was played at the French Château, hence the name. Cute. I love to learn new things. Wanted to share this with you. Pass it along. SMILE. Enjoy.


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Today’s INSIGHT For Thought: Babies Are Born Capable Of Speaking ANY Language In The World.

by Anura Guruge


It is patently obvious when YOU THINK about it, BUT I am not sure how many of us have ever given it any thought.

Babies, worldwide, when born are NOT ‘programmed’ (or predisposed) to speak any particular language. As long as they are ‘normal’ they will pick-up & learn whatever TONGUE they are most exposed to, i.e., the so called ‘mother tongue’.

I, as you should be able to tell, am NOT good at languages. I listen to Chinese or Russian & am CONVINCED that I would never have been able to master such languages. But, IF I had grown up being exposed to one of those languages it would have become my mother tongue. WOW.

You have to think about this. Quite neat when you finally get you mind around all of it.

No baby is born to speak English, Swahili, Sinhalese, Italian, Russian, Vietnamese or whatever.

Babies are born language-neutral.


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