MUNDANE MYSTERIES: What Makes Something A “Hot Button Issue”?

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: What Makes Something A “Hot Button Issue”?

There’s so much going on in the world these days. So many “hot button issues”, as news anchors & political pundits call them. But what actually is a “hot button issue” anyway? Why is it called that? Nowadays, the term “hot-button issue” refers to any situation with a heavy emotional undercurrent. If a subject gets…

MUNDANE MYSTERIES:  Is It “Burned” or “Burnt”?

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Is It “Burned” or “Burnt”?

Hopefully, everything goes smoothly & as-planned the next time you’re preparing dinner. However, if you’ve ever overcooked your supper, you might’ve found yourself wondering: “this black piece of food in my pan…is it “burned”, or is that “burnt”?  (Okay, so grammar usage would probably be the furthest thing from your mind in that moment…but the…

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Why Do We Call Rabbits “Bunnies”

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Why Do We Call Rabbits “Bunnies”

This weekend, kids everywhere will be hoping for a visit from The Easter Bunny, a friendly rabbit who leaves delightful gifts for kids to enjoy on Easter morning. But why is it not called “The Easter RABBIT”? I mean, as far as animal name abbreviations go, “doggy” for dog makes sense. As does “kitty” for…

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: How Did The Term “Box Office” Originate?

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: How Did The Term “Box Office” Originate?

On the heels of this year’s Oscars ceremony, where so many “box office blockbusters” were honored, have you ever wondered where the term “box office” originated? You couldn’t be blamed for thinking it sprouted from the box-like nature of many old-fashioned box offices, which were enclosed, detached booths situated just outside theaters…but you’d still be…

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: What’s The Correct Way To Pronounce “February”?

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: What’s The Correct Way To Pronounce “February”?

Now that the 2nd month of the year is almost over, let’s address a common issue:  just how is the month we’re in supposed to be pronounced? Here in the US, the most common pronunciation of the word is “FEB-yoo-air-ee.” Both The Merriam-Webster Dictionary & The American Heritage Dictionary consider the common pronunciation correct, along…

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Disc Vs. Disk…What’s The Difference?

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Disc Vs. Disk…What’s The Difference?

People may not burn their favorite music onto Compact Discs anymore, but one thing’s for sure: discs will always be a thing. But how is it supposed to be spelled?  Is it “disc” or “disk”? A “disc” can be any round, flat object. But…so can a “disk”. So, how exactly are you supposed to know…

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Why Do We “Ring In The New Year”?

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Why Do We “Ring In The New Year”?

Whenever people start talking about “ringing in the New Year”, you’ll usually hear them talk about doing so with things like a kiss, a toast, a New Year’s resolution, a movie marathon, or an entire dozen donuts all to themselves. But when you think about it…none of those things ring, do they?  So, why do…

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Why Do We Call It “Eggnog”?

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Why Do We Call It “Eggnog”?

You probably had eggnog over Christmas. (Heck, you probably still have some eggnog leftover in your fridge right now).  But while it’s definitely delicious, why is it called “eggnog”? The “egg” part doesn’t really need an explanation, does it? Eggs are the foundation of eggnog, with their yolks usually being combined with other elements like…

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Why Do We Call It “Black Friday”?

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Why Do We Call It “Black Friday”?

Once folks regained consciousness following their turkey coma on the day after Thanksgiving, a large majority of them did what so many red-blooded Americans have done through the years: they went shopping. Last year alone, shoppers spent a record $9.12 billion just in online shopping on “Black Friday”, with that single day bolstering the bottom…