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Bonus Face of the day


Impeachment: “Democrats can dance like Beyoné” – Leader of the house

Face of the day

Today’s face of the day, current National leader Simon Bridges is moaning about crime going up. It’s because Bill English and Steve Joyce wouldn’t listen to Judith Collins and put more police in fast enough.
This is a legacy of Anne Tolley not demanding more for police from Bill English, and a lackadaisical approach to the job of police minister by a grandstanding Paula Bennett.

Bridges can’t complain, he was in cabinet under Key and English who signed off on that lack of funding.

Word of the day

The word for today is…

fantod (noun) – 1. (fantods) (a) A state of nervous irritability.
(b) Nervous movements caused by tension.
2. An outburst of emotion; a fit.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : “You have got strong symptoms of the fantods; your skin is so tight you can’t shut your eyes without opening your mouth.” Thus, American author Charles Frederick Briggs provides us with an early recorded use of fantods in 1839. Mark Twain used the word to refer to uneasiness or restlessness as shown by nervous movements—also known as the fidgets—in Huckleberry Finn: “They was all nice pictures, I reckon, but I didn’t somehow seem to take to them, because … they always give me the fantods.” David Foster Wallace later used “the howling fantods,” a favorite phrase of his mother, in Infinite Jest.

The exact origin of fantod remains a mystery, but it may have arisen from English dialectal fantigue—a word (once used by Charles Dickens) that refers to a state of great tension or excitement and may be a blend of fantastic and fatigue.

Today in history

Good morning! Rise and shine!

Today in history is a place for you early risers to exercise your brains as you wait for the day to begin. Please, by all means, bring your own bits of history to the comments section and add your memories of what YOU did on this day however many years ago.

The beauty of an early morning historical post is that the date can mean that the event happened today “our time” or today “other side of the world” time.

From the life and death of Plato through to the latest, most recent history as it happens, we intend to bring you stimulating and educational historical knowledge.

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Daily proverb

Proverbs 27

8 A person who strays from home
is like a bird that strays from its nest.

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