Have you ever realized how many symbols you encounter every day? The entire point of using a symbol is that it conveys meaning and saves space. However, many people do not the true meanings of some of the most common symbols we encounter frequently on daily basis. From the infinity symbol and gender signs, to the crescent moon and the rod of Asclepius, here are true meanings of 25 common symbols.
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One of the world’s most famous playwrights, William Shakespeare, recently celebrated his 450th birthday. But despite the passage of time, Shakespeare’s influence on English culture is still strongly felt today. From ‘in a pickle’ to ‘good riddance’, William Shakespeare wrote a lot of great plays and devised countless new plot tropes, but he also coined and popularized a lot of common words and phrases that we still use to this day. Many famous quotes from his plays are easily recognizable, such as phrases like “To be or not to be,” “wherefore art thou Romeo,” and “et tu, Brute?” However, an incredible number of lines from Shakespeare’s plays have become so ingrained into modern vernacular that we no longer recognize them as lines from plays at all. Here are 21 phrases you use but may not have known come courtesy of Shakespeare.
Buildings may be some of the most impressive works of art we have. Truth is, buildings can be just as expressive as songs, poems, or paintings. After sinking untold sums of money into their construction, we can walk through the finished products and even live inside them. Business Insider has selected 30 buildings that push the boundaries of structural expression — and we think you’ll love them.
The Sony World Photography Awards, the world’s largest annual photography competition, recently announced the winners for 2017. Now celebrating its 10th year, the awards program received more than 227,000 images from photographers from 183 countries for this year’s competition. One of the contest’s top honors is the National Award, in which the best photographs taken by local photographers from 66 countries are judged against others from their country of origin. Here are this year’s National Award first-place winners from all 66 qualifying countries.
We’ve all heard Albert Einstein’s famous line: “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” As it turns out, insanity might be crediting that quote to Einstein over and over again. He never said it. Misattributions like this happen pretty often. One person misquotes someone, and all of a sudden, they become the original speaker. Or we just decide a quote sounds like something some historical and memorable figure would say. Here are 10 surprising examples are credited to people who never really said them.
The team over at Merriam-Webster is responsible for keeping a vigilant eye on shifting language trends. They’ve made some pretty bold moves recently (like declaring that a hot dog is a sandwich). Now, they’re adding over 1000 new words to the dictionary, some of which are sure to raise a few eyebrows. As you might expect, the latest batch features plenty of internet-bred slang terms. The new entries also include words related to fields like sports, medicine, and politics. Here are some of the most recent additions to the dictionary this year.
The English language is awash with sayings and phrases that cover everything from new beginnings (“back to square one”) to endings (“kick the bucket”) and just about everything in between. Many reflect not only the development of the language over the course of history, but also the story of our shared experiences. The problem is that many people who use these phrases wind up flubbing and butchering the particular saying so badly that it means something else entirely or nothing at all. Some of the most common expressions are also some of the most commonly confused. Read on to master some of the most misused phrases that are regularly said wrong.