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Hey, Vsauce. Michael here In 1934 Webster’s dictionary gave birth to a new word by mistake. Their chemistry editor Austin N Paterson submitted a simple entry: “D or D abbreviation for density”. Nothing wrong with that, but the entry was misread and ‘dord’ was added to the dictionary. ‘Dord’ was an accidental word for
thirteen years before the mistake was discovered and its wordship revoked. Let’s have fun
with words today, but first, what’s the deal with first? Or for that matter, second? If you were in
position three you’re in third place. Position 5, fifth. Position 197 one hundred and ninety-seventh. Pretty simple. So why do positions 1 and 2 give us first and second? Shouldn’t they be ‘oneth’ and ‘twoth’? Well, maybe. But English loves collateral adjectives. Adjectives derived
from different roots than the nouns they describe. There are plenty of
derived adjectives, don’t get me wrong. A bunch of clouds make the day cloudy, friends are friendly, poets are poetic. Things with a lot of
smell to them are smelly but the Moon is not Moonly. The Moon is lunar. Collateral adjectives are everywhere. Mouth stuff is oral. Bees are apian. Some nouns have both. Fathers can be fatherly or paternal . And a setting filled with fog can be foggy or brumous. It’s often said that no word rhymes with orange. Is that true? Well, rhyming can be controversial because
it often depends on pronunciation, accent and can be forced. Especially if
you use multiple words, you can force orange to rhyme with
door hinge, if you want. But what we want is a perfect rhyme. A perfect rhyme is what occurs between
two words like tickle and pickle. They are perfect
rhymes because the final stressed vowel sound and all the sounds
afterwards are identical. Identical doesn’t rhyme with pickle,
because even though they both end with ‘ickle’, identical has it stress
in the wrong place. We could rhyme them if we pronounced it
not identical but instead identical. With that in mind, orange does have perfect rhymes. They
just happen to be extremely obscure, like ‘Blorenge’, a hill in Wales. Silver also has a perfect rhyme: chilver, a female lamb. Think Fact delineated even more words we
often say don’t have rhymes but actually do. Point is, orange does have perfect rhymes, and even if it didn’t, well, that wouldn’t make it special. Sure, monosyllabic words tend to rhyme with other words. It’s believed
there are only about 100 single syllable words that have no rhyme. For instance, wolf, sixth, depth and filmed. But considering words of all lengths, it’s been calculated that most English words don’t rhyme with anything. Don’t believe me? Well, leave a comment below. The word
‘comment’ rhymes with nothing, nor does husband, sandwich, liquid, penguin, chimney, empty, and, of course, ‘nothing’ rhymes with nothing. Identical rhymes are even more perfect than perfect rhymes but they become so
identical at that point it’s a little obvious and not really
appreciated. Identical rhymes occur when the consonant
sound before the final stressed vowel between two words are also identical. Sun and gun are perfect rhymes. But gun and begun are identical rhymes. So are offend and defend, or homonyms like son and sun. You could call the people
who watch over, and monitor, the police ‘the police police’. Who watches over them? Well, ‘the police police police’, of course. You can
string together any number of police’s and always create
a sensible, though clunky, title. You can even use the word police by itself to create a
grammatical sentence. It takes eight of them. Police police police police police police police police. Here’s what the sentence
means. Police police, which police police police watch over,
police police. Add any multiple of three more police to
this stream and you preserve the grammar. The most
that fit on Twitter is 20. If you say police enough times
it starts to sound like its not even a real word. That is called jamais vu, the reverse of deja vu, when something familiar all of a sudden
feels new and novel. I’ve covered it before but
let’s be clear. If you don’t practice obediency to the police you may wind up in J L. Escape, and you’re an SKP. Letters, whose names said together some
similar to words, are called Gramograms. You can’t hear a pterodactyl urinate because it’s
silent ‘p’. But every letter in the alphabet is
silent sometimes. And some letters are used more
frequently than other letters in English words. Scrabble provides more
of those letters and people guess them more often when playing hangman. Next time you play hangman you can take advantage of this. People will guess more letters
incorrectly if you choose a short word that has few different letters. John McLuhan ran 15 million computer simulations of
hangman and he found that the most difficult word for
people to guess is jazz. Phantonyms aren’t ghostly undead words, they’re words
that appear to mean one thing but actually mean something completely different. Enervate sounds like it means to fill with energy but it actually means to drain of energy, to weaken. Noisome appears to mean really noisy but it actually describes something that has an extremely offensive smell. In 2005, the New Oxford American Dictionary
published a new word: esquivalience. They said it meant the wilful avoidance of
one’s official responsibilities. But it didn’t. They made it up as a copyright trap. If anyone copied
their dictionary the stealer wouldn’t be able to explain
how esquivalience wound up in their dictionary without admitting that they had copied it. Map makers often insert fake features for the same purposes. Streets and
towns that only exist to trap copiers that only exist on paper, Paper Streets & Paper Towns. The author of
The Trivia encyclopedia even placed a fake fact in one of his books because he
was certain that the Trivial Pursuit board game was
taking their questions from his book. Sure enough, later the
board game included his fake fact as a real question. Similarly, the esquivalinece trap was used to catch Dictionary.com. But here’s the thing: authorities don’t
tend to respect copyright traps built out of fake facts. Facts cannot be copyrighted. They belong to, and can be used by, all of us. US federal courts have argued that fake facts presented as real are not
protected, because if they were, no one could share real true information
without fear of sharing something protected by copyright. That said, stylistic decisions like how the facts
are selected or arranged or articulated can be copyrighted. When the automobile
association was caught mimicking the stylistic features of ordnance
surveys, they were forced to pay up twenty million pounds. You cannot own a fact and you cannot own a lie you made up, if
everyone believes it. But you can own how you tell them. Puns are great, and in ‘The Pun Also Rises’ John Pollock relates a fantastic story.
Puns can be traced all the way back to be epic of Gilgamesh,
where people are warned of an upcoming giant flood. They are
told that the skies will soon rain kibtu and kukku. Words that mean corn and the sound corn makes when
falling on the ground. But in the story, the words are actually
puns on words for misery and suffering. People who got the pun prepared and
saved their own lives, but those who failed to recognise the pun
perished in the flood, which means the very oldest pun on record was literally corny. Is that ironic? No. Irony is one of the most debated figures of speech. The Oatmeal[.com]
famously lamented that if anyone refers to anything as being ironic, the hip thing to do right now is
to call it out as being not ironic. Situational irony is what we
tend to mean when we say something is ironic. The Oatmeal defines it as “when something
happens and a reversal of expectations occurs”. Dig.com’s recent article on the
subject uses an even stricter definition, saying “situational irony is a direct
result of an action intended to produce the opposite effect”. Their example is really good. If the elevators at in elevator repair school are out of order, that’s not really situational irony.
Instead, what would be really ironic is that if the
elevators were out of order because the experts at the school had done something to them they believed would make them run forever
and never be out of order. Alanis Morissette wrote a
song called ‘Ironic’, whose lyrics contain situations but famously no situational irony. People love pointing this out. “A traffic jam when you’re already late.”
Not situational irony, that’s just a bummer or a sad
coincidence. Patrick Cassels cleverly rewrote the song’s lyrics to contain
situations that are actually situationally ironic. For example, a traffic jam when you’re already late to receive an
award from the municipal planning board for reducing the city’s automobile
congestion eighty percent, or a black fly in your
chardonnay poured to celebrate the successful fumigation of your recently purchased vineyard in southern France. Now that’s what I call situational irony. But regardless of what Alanis intended, a close reading of the song’s lyrics
reveals that irony is occurring, just not the situational
kind it’s hip to argue about. Instead, her song is all about dramatic irony. When someone is, often hilariously, unaware of the significance of an event,
while other people are. Take a look at the lyrics for ‘Ironic’.
The situations she describes are never explicitly labeled ironic. At the most, they’re simply
stories and similes and metaphors for it: life. And, she adds later, life is also ironic. Dramatically ironic. These
things sound like cruddy scenarios, but they actually figure, they actually make sense. Ironic is not a list of examples of
situational irony. Instead, it’s a treatise on dramatic irony, the difference between what life knows we need and what we think we need. What’s ironic isn’t 10,000 spoons when
all you need is at knife. It’s the fact that, as Alanis believes, you have all of
those spoons, because unbeknownst to you, but known by life, what you really need right now is only spoons. Or, the last thing you
need right now is a knife. On the subject of overanalysing pop songs, analysis of dog mitochondrial DNA
has revealed that all dogs may be traceable to a localised event. The species is believed to have resulted
from the domestication of wolves about 11,000 to 16,000 years ago, in what is now Southwestern China. So, Baha Men, to answer your question, it was the Mesolithic Southwestern Chinese who let the dogs out. And as always, thanks for watching

100 thoughts on “Dord.

  1. I thought corn wasn't known outside of the Americas until contact with the first Europeans. How could the Sumerians have been writing about it?

  2. 0:59 there are other languages that do things like that too:
    In Japanese, the word for ‘one person’ is ひとり (pronounced hi to ri) and the word for ‘two people’ is ふたり (pronounced fu ta ri) but the words for ‘one’ and ‘two’ in Japanese are いち (ichi) and に (ni). Every other words for ‘x people’ that isn’t one person or two people uses the number in Japanese followed by にん (nin) With extremely minor exceptions (four is よん (yon) but four people is よにん (yonin) not よんにん (yonnin)). So the word for ‘three people’ is さんにん (sannin) and the word for 91 people is きゅじゅいちにん (kyu ju ichi nin).

  3. Vsauce's girlfriend: he's probably thinking about some other girl

    Vsauce: police police police police police police police police police police police police police police police police police police……………..

  4. Orange may not rhyme well in the perfect theoretical setting, but real life it rhymes perfectly well with tons of words like "forage" or "storage".

  5. So it's ironic that people so proud of knowing true irony, thought a song was not ironic and felt moronic when it was pointed out that irony, actually likes to go both ways ironically, now those ironically moronic irony experts are ironically calling themselves moronic irony experts just to be ironic.

    So it's ironic that people so proud of knowing true irony, thought a song was not ironic and felt moronic when it was pointed out that irony, actually likes to go both ways ironically, now those ironically moronic irony experts are ironically calling themselves moronic irony experts just to be ironic.

    Read this twice?

  6. 12:21 Mind blown. It thought "It's a free ride when you've already paid was " "It's a free ride when you've already late" !!! XD

  7. 7:40 "US federal courts have argued that fake facts presented as real are not protected, because if they were, no-one could share real, true information without fear of sharing something protected by copyright. That said, stylistic decisions like how the facts are selected or arranged or articulated can be copyrighted."
    Oh, how the mighty have fallen.

  8. michael: trying to find a word with a silent j
    michael: h34iZHHIFhu3fhuefhehfuieufhueufuefuhuuwjegu48584urj4hj3efr3hj4ut

    edit: i just found out rijsttafel is actually a word

  9. 1:16 There are collateral adjectives for the words here as well
    Clouds can be cloudy or nebulous
    Friends can be friendly or amicable
    Poets can be poetic or… I don't think this one actually has a collateral adjective
    Things with a lot of smell to them can be smelly, odorous, or fragrant.
    The English language has a lot of these because a ton of different peoples migrated or invaded the British isles, each time bringing their own language (Germanic, French, Latin, Celtic, and Norse). The new words that they brought never replaced the old ones, but instead were tacked onto the English lexicon. That's why English is one of the most poetic languages: there are so many words to describe things that you can choose from.

  10. Comment > Supplement
    Husband > (can’t think of one)
    Sandwich > Which (or if not worried about spelling, switch or finch)
    Liquid > Squid
    Penguin > Sanguine
    Chimney > Whimsy (or really any “y” like flimsy)
    Empty > Slippery
    Nothing > Something

    While I see what you mean by not being perfect rhymes, I feel like liquid and squid as well as comment and supplement must be perfect rhymes.

  11. Imagine hearing that it’s gonna rain corn and so you go out and you’re ready to eat for the month and then it rains and you die.
    Not an epic moment :/

  12. Angela asked me if I had the time

    To help her discover a suitable rhyme
    For her favorite color which happened to be "orange";
    "No, I don't," I replied, "Is there anything more, Ang?"

  13. this video made me realize how weird the word is

    just stare at that word


    looks like a polish lice
    known as jamais vu

  14. Michael, known for being very insightful and knowledgable, made a mistake on his video discussing irony.
    "Who let the Dogs Out?" was originally "Doggie" by Anslem Douglas.

  15. This video reminds me of getting text evidence for a book in seventh grade to make the character seem happy, and then I got evidence of her being sad

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