Trivia from the Latin Tri via an intersection of roads where women come to exchange tittle tattle
Not been doing a lot of trivia recently , and thought there must be someone who is dying to know that the word for the dot on an I is the tittle . Or indeed that the word for the non striking end of a hammer is a ‘peen’. How could anyone not want to know such a thing ? GOLF stands for Gentleman Only Ladies Forbidden , those were the days !
It was once the custom to bake a whistle into your pot to summon the barman`s attention hence the phrase “Wet your whistle “ and while we are on phrases “ Wrong end of the stick” is a printers term .The bricks are placed in the “stick” in mirror image ,and when printing its easy to get the wrong end of the stick . Letters are called upper case because the bricks were kept in the upper of the printer`s two cases .
Now normally I confine myself to the fact that Donald Duck was banned in Finland for not wearing trousers (true) but here is a digression on the age of things
In this country we are accustomed to the oldest records petering out at about 1066. Not so in Italy where families exist that can trace their direct lineage to Roman Times .Christopher Lee`s mother Contessa Estelle Marie (née Carandini di Sarzano) came from such a family .Perhaps the most astonishing oldness that is commonplace is the fact that in Crete there are place names that have an unbroken usage back to the Bronze age . In America they put anything pre 1950 in a museum......