Posts Tagged ‘Encyclopedia Britannica’

Fun Fact Friday, Number Ten!

February 10, 2017

Today’s fun fact(s) concern your taste buds.

  • Did you know that there are approximately 9,000 taste buds on your tongue?  (Real Fact #452)  [Note: Encyclopedia Britannica  estimates that the average human tongue has between 2,000 and 8,000 taste buds.]
  • Did you know that children have more taste buds than adults?  (Real Fact #833)
  • Did you know that the life span of a taste bud is about ten days?  (Real Fact #62)

Taste buds are sensory organs that allow you to experience and differentiate between  sweet, salty, sour, and bitter.

Happy tasting!

Source: http://www.snapple.com/real-facts/

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When You Find Yourself Speechless!

June 22, 2012

How often to you find yourself deliberately speechless?  You recognize that you’ve reached the point where saying anything more won’t make the slightest difference so you simply quit speaking in mid-sentence.  Some of my aposiopeses are followed up with a short “never mind,” before I’m moving on to the next subject.  The literal Greek translation is “becoming silent.”

aposiopesis

\ap-uh-sahy-uhpee-sis\, noun;

a sudden breaking off in the midst of a sentence, as if from inability or unwillingness to proceed.

Encyclopedia Britannica explains that aposiopesis is “a speaker’s deliberate failure to complete a sentence. Aposiopesis usually indicates speechless rage or exasperation, as in ‘Why, you . . .,’ and sometimes implies vague threats as in, ‘Why, I’ll . . . .’ The listener is expected to complete the sentence in his mind. In ancient Greek rhetoric, the aposiopesis occasionally takes the form of a pause before a change of subject or a digression.”

Sources: Encyclopedia Britannica, www.dictionary.com, and The Highly Selective Dictionary  for the Extraordinarily Literate by Eugene Ehrlich.