Don’t try and hoodwink me

Put on your deerstalker hat because I have a poser for you. Where in the world did the word hornswoggle originate from? According to Dictionary.com, it’s a slang word that means “to swindle, cheat, hoodwink, or hoax.” Dating from 1815-1825, its origin is unknown. Source: http://www.dictionary.com/browse/hornswoggle

 

 

Another source, A Way With Words, tells us “the word hornswoggle, meaning “to embarrass” or “to swindle,” is of unclear origin, but definitely seems of a piece with U.S. frontier slang from the 1830s and 1840s.” Source: https://www.waywordradio.org/?s=hornswoggle&submit=search

 

 

Determined to root out the origin, I found this inventive etymology for the word: Unknown, 1829 United States. Presumably horns + waggle with humorous faux ablaut or combination with wobble (compare later woggle, 1923), perhaps inspired by lassoed steers trying to escape by moving or waggling their head. Source: https://www.yourdictionary.com/hornswoggle

The energy in the Earth

Geothermal energy is heating up in Nevada!

In July 2016, US Geothermal began drilling at their San Emidio project in Nevada. “They drilled to a depth of 1,000 feet and encountered high bottom hole temperatures and high temperature gradients. Both of those findings are indicators of a deeper, active geothermal system, the company said, adding that, if productive zones are encountered, the wells will be tested to determine resource temperature and production characteristics in the area.

 

Phase I of the San Emidio project was completed in 2012, when an existing 3.6 MW plant was replaced with a more efficient 9 MW power plant.”

Source: http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/articles/2016/07/drilling-scheduled-to-deepen-two-geothermal-wells-at-san-emidio-in-nevada.html?cmpid=renewablegeothermal07142016&eid=326825548&bid=1459832

Sangeetha’s Amazing Facts for 5/7/17

Sangeetha’s Amazing Facts for 5/7/17

Sangeetha has been away from the keyboard, but should be returning shortly. Let’s all send her some good energy, so she can share more fascinating facts about our wonderful world!

not your usual insect!

A gadfly is not ONLY an irritating pest hovering around your poor horse! Sure, it’s a noun: a fly that bites livestock, especially a horsefly, warble fly, or botfly. But its other meaning is: an annoying person, especially one who provokes others into action by criticism.

 

 

Hailing from the late 16th century: from gad, or obsolete gad ‘goad, spike,’ from Old Norse gaddr, of Germanic origin.

The pet trade is killing off animals

The pet trade is killing off animal species at an alarming rate, according to an article by Alice Catherine Hughes, writing for U.S. News.

In an excerpt from a recent article, she writes:

 

 

”Nearly 1.5 million animals were imported live to the U.S. between 2000 and 2006 for the pet trade. Global biodiversity loss doesn’t just result from the destruction of habitats, or hunting species for meat. A huge number of species are threatened by trade – as pets or exhibits, or dead for use in medicines.

 

 

Though people have become increasingly aware of the threat posed by the trade of high-value species, such as the elephant for ivory, and various animals such as tigers, rhinos and the pangolin for medicine, few realize the risk that the pet trade poses to the future survival of less well-known species.”

 

 

Read the whole article at: https://www.usnews.com/news/best-countries/articles/2017-02-08/how-the-pet-trade-is-killing-off-animal-species