13 Things About The English Language You Probably Never Knew

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(1) Clans of long ago that wanted to get rid of their unwanted people without killing them use to burn their houses down – hence the expression “to get fired.”

(2) In Celtic pubs, ale was ordered by pints and quarts. So, when customers got unruly, the bartender would yell at them to mind their own pints and quarts and settle down. It’s where we get the phrase “mind your P’s and Q’s.”

(3) Stewardesses is the longest word that is typed with only the left hand.

(4) The dot over the letter ‘i’ is called a tittle.

(5) The longest one-syllable words in the English language are screeched and scratched.

(6) The longest word in the English language, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, is pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis. The only other word with the same amount of letters is pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconioses, its plural.

(7) The name Jeep came from the abbreviation used in the army for the “General Purpose” vehicle, G.P.

(8) The only 15 letter word that can be spelled without repeating a letter is uncopyrightable.

(9) The phrase “rule of thumb” is derived from an old English law which stated that you couldn’t beat your wife with anything wider than your thumb.

(10) The word “set” has more definitions than any other word in the English language.

(11) Underground and underfund are the only words in the English language that begins and ends with the letters “und.”

(12) There is a seven letter word in the English language that contains ten words without rearranging any of its letters, “therein”: the, there, he, in, rein, her, here, ere, therein, herein.

(13) To “testify” was based on men in the Roman court swearing to a statement made by swearing on their testicles.



2 Simple Steps To Cure Contemporary Depression (no drugs involved).


Depression is not just “having a bad day”. It is more prolonged and persistent, and interferes with our ability to get on with our day-to-day lives.

A person’s mood is directly related to his or her patterns of thought. Negative, dysfunctional thinking affects a person’s mood, sense of self, behavior, and even physical state. These 2 simple steps of behavioral therapy can help a person learn to recognize negative patterns of thought, evaluate their validity, and replace them with healthier ways of thinking.

No.1 Stop watching/listening to commercials.
A constant need to buy new shite, different shite or recycled shite has been instilled into people leading them to an unobtainable idea of happiness. You end up working over 50% of your waking day to get money to buy things to don’t even need, leading to a feeling of “Whats the f*@king point” and a sense of “Why bother”. These repeated feelings will drive any sane person to depression.

Breaking this cycle is essential. Here’s how: Mute the TV/Radio/Youtube when commercials appear. Block every Facebook/Twitter business/celebrity page you see. Don’t share funny or amusing commercials on social media (or competitions for that mater). Dump flyers that come through your letterbox, don’t even look at them. Avoid shopping malls and looking in shop windows, there are more beautiful things in the world to look at.

No.2 Stop watching/listening to News.
What happens in the world is both important and interesting. But how you consume information is the difference between the wise and the worried. Constant Fear with an inability to do anything about it, will lead any human into a state of depression, and what Main Steam Media or Non-Main Steam Media survive on is the fear-factor. Of all the great and wonderful things that happen in the world on any given day, ever wonder why new-sites will lead with the most horrible/depressing events of the day? The fear-factor. And no matter how good a person you are, you can’t do anything about a murder in a far-off country or a plane crash on the other side of the world. This inability to help in fact leads to a feeling of worthlessness and depression.

Here are some important do’s and dont’s when it comes to “news”.

Don’t: Watch main news bulletins (From any source).
Do: Read editorials (from more than one source on the subject, and be aware of bias).

Don’t: Listen to news headlines on the radio (mute/turn down).
Do: Watch documentaries on a variety of subjects (from more than one source on the subject, and be aware of bias).

Don’t: Listen to negative people who love spreading negative news.
Do: Listen to Podcasts/Playbacks of current events stories (from more than one source on the subject, and be aware of bias).

Don’t: Read tabloid newspapers.
Do: Read different books on past and current events (and be aware of bias).


Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Don’t be an idiot and disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on the internet.


The Drunken Druid GAA Format

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3 Competitions: Starting and Finishing with the All-Ireland (Football).

  1. All-Ireland Championship
  2. Padai O’Shea Cup (Straight knock-out competition)
  3. Provincial Championships 

All-Ireland Championship: Four Main Points.

  1. Season Starts & ends with the All-Ireland.
  2. Rival and/or Neighboring counties play each other home & away every year.
  3. Ensuring local and traditional rivalries continue (& increase).
  4. More games, ensuring the best teams rise to the top.

DETAILSAll-Ireland Championship

Counties are placed into four groups of eight/nine: North, South, East & West. Each county plays 14/15 games (7/8 home, 7/8 away) with the top four team in each group progressing to the last 16 (First vs Forth & Second vs Third, played in neutral venues). From there, winners go to the quarter-finals, semi-finals & final (played in Croke Park). The bottom four team in each group progress into a second tier knockout competition. Not only does this system ensure the best teams prevail, it also creates rivalries between neighboring counties leading to higher attendances and a greater interest from local communities. Having guaranteed annual ‘Derby Matchs’, this new format would be welcomed by die-hard fans, while attracting casual sports fans and people living here who are not familiar with Irish culture. For example, imagine every May Bank holiday weekend we knew Cork would be playing Kerry (or Galway/Mayo) and what that could do for the sport of GAA. And imagine every June Bank holiday weekend we knew Kildare would be playing Wicklow (or Derry/Antrim) and what that could do for local towns and villages in those areas.


All-Ireland Championship

NORTH: Monaghan, Tryone, Cavan, Donegal, Down, Derry, Fermanagh, Armagh, Antrim.

SOUTH: Kerry, Cork, Tipperary, Wexford, Carlow, Limerick, Waterford, Kilkenny.

EAST: Dublin, Kildare, Meath, Louth, Offaly, Laois, Westmeath, Wicklow.

WEST: Mayo, Roscommon, Galway, Clare, Sligo, Longford, Leitrim, London.

Last 16: (top 4 in each group – Random draw 1st v 4th, 2nd v 3rd) eg. Monaghan vs Louth. Kerry vs Clare. Dublin vs Galway. Meath vs Wexford. Tryone vs Tipperary. Cork vs Roscommon. Kildare vs Cavan. Mayo vs Donegal.

Quarter-Finals: (Random Draw) eg. Monaghan vs Kerry. Dublin vs Meath. Tryone vs Cork. Kildare vs Mayo

Semi-Finals: (Random Draw) eg. Kerry vs Dublin. Cork vs Mayo 

Final: Dublin vs Mayo


Padai O’Shea Cup: Four Main Points.

  1. Counties from different parts of the country play each other.
  2. All counties have the chance to play in New York or London.
  3. Final is played in different county every year (GAA – County of the year).
  4. More beneficial to weaker counties.

DETAILS: Padai O’Shea Cup

A straight knock out competition (FA Cup Style, no back door) with one host-county that is the GAA’s focus for the year. An open draw from start to finish with one exception: The top 8 team (All-Ireland quarter finalists) from last year are seeded and drawn away from home in the first round. With the inclusion of New York and London, it opens up the possibility of any county traveling abroad and not just the Connaught counties. Teams drawn first should have home advantage. Semi-finals to be played in Croke Park (Double Header) with the final played in a different, pre-chosen host county each year (Champions League-Style final), creating a GAA-Festival style weekend. This competition introduces different counties to….. different counties. Its spreads the game of GAA though ‘competition with a festive conclusion’.


Padai O’Shea Cup

Preliminary Round: (Random draw, bottom 4 counties)

eg. New York vs Kilkenny. London vs Wicklow.

Last 32: (Random Draw, top 8 counties seeded & drawn away)

eg. Derry vs Donegal. Sligo vs Cork.

New York vs Dublin. Westmeath vs Tryone.

Down vs Monaghan. London vs Kerry.

Carlow vs Mayo. Antrim vs Kildare.

Limerick vs Tipperary. Clare vs Fermanagh.

Longford vs Waterford. Laois vs Galway.

Offaly vs Roscommon. Leitrim vs Wexford.

Meath vs Cavan. Louth vs Armagh.

LAST 16: (Random Draw, 1st team = Home advantage)

eg. Donegal vs Dublin. Monanagh vs Tipperary.

Longford vs Mayo. Offaly vs Meath.

Louth vs Leitrim. Galway vs Fermanagh.

Kildare vs Kerry. Tryone vs Cork

Quarter-Finals: (Random Draw, 1st team = Home advantage).

eg. Donegal vs Monanagh. Mayo vs Offaly.

Louth vs Galway. Kerry vs Cork.

Semi-Finals: (Random Draw, Croke Park/Double Header).

eg. Donegal vs Mayo. Galway vs Kerry.

Final (Played in an annual host venue).

Donegal vs Kerry


Provincial Championships: Four Main Points. 

  1. Back to Basics
  2. Returning provincial finals to national sporting events.
  3. No back door (every game counts).
  4. The 4 provincial finals played over one weekend.

DETAILS: Provincial Championships 

Back to Basics. No backdoor, no qualifiers, just great regional matchs between great regional teams. Provincial championships represent everything that is to be celebrated about being Irish. From the local radio station to the local volunteer, from a crappy version of the national anthem to discovering a great fish and chip shop, from Croke Park to Clones, and from Pearse Statium to Páirc Uí Chaoimh, provincials finals are the strongest link to our past and deserve a permanent place in our future. Under this system it would be as before (Connaught, Leinster, Munster & Ulster), but with all four finals played over one weekend. In summery – “We tell the world about the All-Ireland, but we tell our children about the provincials”.




Provincial Championships

(The Draw) ……..As it has always been

(with one main change)

One Weekend = Four Finals


Kerry vs Cork. Galway vs Mayo. Donegal vs Tryone. Dublin vs Meath



The DRUNKEN DRUID’s GAA’s football format is both simple and unique. It starts in February/March with the opening round of the All-Ireland Championship and finishes with the traditional All-Ireland Final. In-between are annual local matchs to showcase to the world and crowd-gathering games to promote the game to the next generation. From taking Dublin out of Croke Park while at the some time bringing more match’s to Croke Park, this is system is a win-win for all 32 counties.



This DRUNKEN DRUID SYSTEM is aimed at promoting the GAA at an international level (annual events) and local level (home & away games, Padai O’Shea Cup etc) so if you would like to to show support, please like and share, and if you’d like further information or a spokesperson: please contact 087-6619538 or dd-book@hotmail.com








7 Speed-Reading Techniques.

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Speed reading has long been a skill peddled by supposed experts, and a slew of cheap apps, but in reality it can be quite simple to learn to read over 1,000 words a minute. But before you get started, eliminate distractions. Get rid of anything your mind could think about besides the reading material. Fool yourself with your iPod if you wish—but if you really are serious about reading faster, eliminate distractions—including music.

1. See the book as a mine full of ore not gold. Speed readers learn how to go for the gold and discard the ore. One reads a book to get the message, not to obsess about the individual words. Switch your mindset and go for the gold.

2. Quit vocalizing. Most of us learned to read by sounding out the words. The trouble is, many of us never stopped. To become a speed reader learn to discard this habit (or at least reduce it). Instead, adopt the eye-to-mind method. Let the books pass into the mind directly from your eyes, skipping the mouth. Go ahead and try it—your eyes can send the content directly to your mind bypassing the sluggish vocalizing method.

3. Use your finger. Your finger can set the pace. It leads you forward at a speedy pace, and keeps you on focus so you can avoid back-skipping. There are several ways to use your finger (or hand) but try it out for starters. Run your finger ahead of your eye pulling along your mind at a faster pace then you are used to. Watch yourself improve!

4. Break the Back-skip habit. When most of us read along a line of type (like this one) our eyes jump back once in a while to recover a word we just passed and somehow missed. We do this without even knowing it. How to stop? First, confess you do it. Then while you are reading notice your temptations back-skip and refuse to go back. Treat your book like watching a movie. When you miss a phrase at the cinema you don’t ask them stop the movie and replay the last phrase do you? No. You let the movie flow on figuring you’ll still get the over all point eventually.

5. Look for key words. Read this sentence: “Yesterday when I was driving to school in my car and I saw a huge hawk swoop down from the telephone lines beside the road and grab a sparrow that never saw it coming.” What if you could train your mind and to see only the key words in that sentence: “Yesterday when I was driving to school in my car and I saw a huge hawk swoop down from the telephone lines beside the road and grab a sparrow that never saw it coming.” You could save 50% of your reading time! You may even learn to grasp the meaning by reading even fewer words: “…hawk… swoop…lines…grab…sparrow…” Training your mind to find key words, it will speed your reading tremendously!

6. Eliminate “Bus Stops.” A period at the end of a sentence is not a required stop. You can keep moving! Try to reduce your eye rests to 1-2 per line, then even less as you get better. Eventually you can skip all bus stops and keep your eyes moving smoothly line after line, as your mind drinks in the content of a book. Try it!

7. Take breaks. The research is clear. Steady reading hour after hour is less efficient than taking a five minute rest-stop break every hour or so. Try to read 100 pages in the next hour in total concentration using the above tips. Maybe even set an alarm. Then when the alarm goes off reward yourself with some candy or a sandwich or a quick walk outside. The pit stop will refresh you for the next 100 pages. Just try it and see!

To summarize, remember that speed-reading is not some magical secret you can pick up in ten minutes by reading this article. It takes practice and time to develop. To become a life-long rapid reader (like becoming an expert race car driver) will take more time. This short article will get you started though. Try and see!

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If there’s one question that is ongoing and eternal in the author community, then it’s how to sell more books.

In this post, we have simple solutions for you — 5 of them in fact — which should be more than enough ways to promote your book, and suit all types of authors!



5 Ways to 
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3 BOOKS: To Help Unplug Your Mind From The Matrix.


Most of what we did yesterday, we’ll do today.
Because autopilot.

Here are 3 books that will help you snap out of your patterned existence and facilitate the exciting task of unplugging your mind.


No.3 – Coercion / by / Douglas Rushkoff
The tricks of the trade that keep us hypnotized. These are all explained in detail. You won’t be able to put this down.



No.2 – Teaching as a Subversive Activity / by / Neil Postman
This book flips everything on its head and makes you question your assumptions about school and how you learned what you know today. Deconstruct your past in order to better construct your future.



No.1 – 48 Laws of Power / by / Robert Greene
You have to lose your innocence if you want to grown and learn, so prepare to get schooled. Learn why you should conceal your intentions, say less than necessary, and win through your actions, never through argument. This book will challenge your very notions of right and wrong. Take it for what it is — a call to look at life differently.


Why do Adults have Trouble with Simple Logic?


According to Harvard University only 1 in 7 adults can answer these 5 simple questions


1. The first question with B as the correct answer is:
A. 1
B. 4
C. 2
D. 3

2. The answer to Question 1 is:
A. D
B. C
C. B
D. A

3. The answer to Question 4 is:
A. D
B. A
C. B
D. C

4. The number of questions which have D as the correct answer is:
A. 3
B. 2
C. 1
D. 0

5. The number of questions which have B as the correct answer is:
A. 0
B. 2
C. 3
D. 1


7 Simple Steps to be a Better Writer.


1.Write down 3 ideas every day.

Just like every other part of your brain needs to be used or it will get rusty. The more you use it, the faster and better you will get writing ideas. Keep Ideas.

2.Read – At least 2 chapters every day.

Read, read, read. Read everything — classics to new releases, and see how they do it. Just like a trades-person who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! Then write. And If your writings are good, you’ll know. If not, start reading some more. Get Reading.

3. Get “words of the day” and grammar tips.

Good vocabulary plus good grammar = a way higher chance to get published. Words on Pinterest.

4. Write at least once a week.

So people will tell you to write every day. And if you can, that’s great. So unless you have nothing to do but write- i don’t know how easy it is for you to write every day. So set goals for what you can achieve and you will succeed. Once a week, twice a week, every day. Write around your lifestyle by put writing in your to-do list. Remember – Goals are dreams with deadlines. Start now.

5. Join writing groups.

Social network groups are a great way to find writing partners, get and give encouragement, promote your work, ask writing questions and get feedback on your work. 7 Facebook Groups Every Author Should Be a Member of:

6. Act out scenes in your head.

When you act out a scene in your head you discover voice and tone and which words to use. Once you have a feel for the scene, it’s easier to write everything down and making it sound natural- because it IS natural. Clear Your Mind.

7. Try reading and writing different genres.

Why? Because you expand your horizons and broaden your talent by pushing past your comfort zone. The more you know, the better you will become. Must Read Novels.


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