Archive for November, 2011

OC Service

Posted: November 21, 2011 in INFO's
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The word “OC” is used by almost everybody as a synonym for FREE by Tamil speaking folks. We know it’s not part of Tamil language, so how did it get into our vocab? Why was it used, what it actually stands for and how it started? The answer to all those questions is that, its origination actually dates back to the era of British East India Company in Madras(now Chennai); the word gets its present shape from “OCS” which meant ON COMPANY SERVICE. The parcels and letters sent by the British East India Company had OCS seals which meant that they were not to be charged for stamp and other duties, and it was widely used by the Indian Railways for their official parcels during that time. So whenever a parcel contained a OCS seal it was delivered for FREE without any additional charges. Consequently the letters OC Service was used in Tamil lingo to refer to anything which was given for free of cost, and has been used since then. The word has been popularly used in many contexts like “OC le kudutha phenyl kooda kudipan” and the list goes on. So the next time someone uses it, we know what OC really stands for.

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Origin of Quiz

Posted: November 16, 2011 in INFO's

Every one of us knows the meaning of “Quiz”, but behind it is an interesting piece of trivia on how the word actually originated. There is a well-known anecdote about the word “Quiz“, which says that in 1791 a Dublin theater owner named James Daly made a bet that he could introduce a word with no literal meaning into the language within twenty-four hours and would have people use it. He then went out and hired a group of street urchins to write the word “quiz”, which was a nonsense word, on walls around the city of Dublin. Within a day, the word was common currency and had everyone talking about it. Since no one knew what it really meant, everyone thought it was some sort of test. So the word “Quiz” acquired the meaning and Daly won the bet and pocketed some extra cash.

1 in every 13 people on Earth is on Facebook, which means that Facebook has the largest population in the world. But in spite of having such a huge number, has anybody wondered why everything about Facebook was so blue, right from the sign-up page to the logo, their mobile app and even the site pop-ups have shades of blue. Was it just because Facebook randomly chose that color? Actually it’s for the reason that Mark Zukerberg – the founder of Facebook took an online test and realized that he was red-green colorblind, which means the color he can see best is blue. According to The New Yorker, Zuckerberg had quoted “blue is the richest color for me, I can see all of blue” during one of his interview. No wonder Facebook is filled with blue everywhere. 

APPATAKAR  is the word which is regularly doing the rounds these days and is being often used in Tamil lingo, you would often hear people saying something like “Nee ena avalo periya Appatakar ah?”. So what does this word actually mean and what is the real reason for using it?.

FYI it actually refers to Amritlal Vithaldas Thakkar, popularly known as Thakkar Bapa, who was a famous social reformer and a spiritually sound man, The Government of India even issued a stamp in his honor in 1969. He was a very knowledgeable person and an expert in many fields, to such a level that he would promptly answer any question that was fired at him and Thakkar Bapa was popular in Madras(now Chennai) as APPA THAKKAR (there is also a school there by that name to tribute him).So if anyone was an expert in his field they jokingly called him Periya Appa Thakkar meaning “BIG APPA THAKKAR” and in due course it was made into APPATAKAR. Now we call a person Appatakar when he acts like a show-off.

Mexican Standoff

Posted: November 4, 2011 in INFO's

Mexican Standoff from Reservoir dogsMexican standoff is a slang term defined as a stalemate or impasse; a confrontation that neither side can foreseeably win. The term is most often used in lieu of ‘stalemate’ when the confrontational situation is exceptionally dangerous for all parties involved.

In popular culture, the Mexican standoff is usually portrayed as two or more opponents with guns drawn and ready, creating a tense situation. Neither side is willing to shoot for fear of being shot in return, yet neither side wants to relinquish their weapons for fear that their opponents will shoot them. This situation forces the participants to resolve the situation either by diplomacy, surrender, or a pre-emptive strike.