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Month: December 2016

Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer in Old English

“Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer / Had a very shiny nose” The story of the Rudolph who was mocked by his fellow reindeer for his glowing red nose but came to be loved after leading Santa Claus’ sleigh on a foggy Christmas Eve first appears in a booklet written by the American Robert L. May in 1939. A Chicago-based retailer named Montgomery Ward used to send out promotional booklets for free every Christmas, and to save on the costs of buying them from…

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The origin of the word ‘kangaroo’

There is a myth that the word ‘kangaroo’ derives from the reply that Aboriginal Australians gave meaning “I don’t understand” when the British asked for the name of the animal. As the story goes, the British mistook that reply for the name of the animal, and it stuck. It’s a good story that is often repeated, but it is not true. In 1770, the Endeavour, captained by Britain’s James Cook, docked in the northeastern coast of Australia. It was near the…

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