Monday September 24th 2012

Thought for the Day

“Lots of people talk to animals.
Not very many listen, though.
That’s the problem.”

~ Benjamin Hoff,
The Tao of Pooh

Benjamin Hoff - The Tao of PoohBenjamin Hoff (born 1946) is an American author. “The Tao of Pooh” and its successor, “The Te of Piglet” are Hoff’s best known books. They discuss Taoist beliefs and writings through Winnie-the-Pooh.



Word For the Day: ellipsis

\i-elip-ses, e-\ , noun


The omission from a sentence or other construction of one or more words understandable from the context that would complete or clarify the construction. A mark to indicate the omission of letters or words.

The ellipsis consists of three evenly spaced dots (periods) with spaces between the ellipsis and surrounding letters or other marks.

Example sentences:

Take the sentence, “The ceremony honored twelve brilliant athletes from the Caribbean who were visiting the U.S.” and leave out “from the Caribbean who were”:

The ceremony honored twelve brilliant athletes … visiting the U.S.

If the omission comes after the end of a sentence, the ellipsis will be placed after the period, making a total of four dots…. Notice that there is no space between the period and the last character of the sentence.
The ellipsis can also be used to indicate a pause in the flow of a sentence and is especially useful in quoted speech:
Juan thought and thought … and then thought some more.
“I’m wondering …” Juan said, bemused.

History Today Sept 24

  • 622 – Prophet Muhammad completes his hijra from Mecca to Medina.
  • 1932 – Gandhi and Dr. B. R. Ambedkar agree to the Poona Pact, which reserved seats in the Indian provincial legislatures for the “Depressed Classes” (Untouchables).
  • 1948 – The Honda Motor Company is founded.
  • 1957 – President Dwight D. Eisenhower sends 101st Airborne Division troops to Little Rock, Arkansas, to enforce desegregation.
  • 1968 – 60 Minutes debuts on CBS.
  • 1979 – Compu-Serve launches the first consumer internet service, which features the first public electronic mail service.
  • 1996 – Representatives of 71 nations sign the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty at the United Nations.

Happy Birthday Today September 24

Holidays and observances:

Did you know?

…An ellipsis is not when the moon moves in front of the sun.

Today is the 267th day of the year, 98 days remain.




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