June 2004 Archives

Meritocratic

By Tdol on Jun 26, 2004 | | 0 Comments

The term 'meritocracy', like 'nuclear family', is commonly used in a posititve way. However, both were originally meant in a negative sense. 'Nuclear family' was supposed to contrast negatively with the idea of the extended family, yet is nowadays used by many as a negative contrast with the lone parent family.

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Hot Dog

By Tdol on Jun 13, 2004 | | 1 Comments

I recently read that the term 'hot dog' came from the 1904 St Louis World's Fair. Apparently, there was a rumour that some of the performers there ate dog, and that local dogs had disappeared, so the vendors started calling frankfurters in a bun 'hot dogs'.

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Who judges the judges?

By Tdol on Jun 11, 2004 | | 0 Comments

According to Private Eye, No 1107 Ofsted (the Office for Standards in Education) recently criticised English teaching at a school on the grounds that "subject teachers have not received suffiecient trianing to help them do their job" [sic].

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Polls

By Tdol on Jun 10, 2004 | | 0 Comments

We have added quite a lot of functionality to polls over the last few days. A random poll is now shown on the testing page, which should help produce more accurate and representative results.

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