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MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Why The Weird Spelling of February?

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Why The Weird Spelling of February?

Why is February spelled weird? We have a plethora of oddly spelled words in the English language, but February is pretty much the only of our calendar months to be classified as oddly-spelled. Why is that? Well, like the eleven other, more intuitively spelled months, we have Latin to thank (or blame, as the case…Read More

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: What Is A Placebo?

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: What Is A Placebo?

When people heard the word “PLACEBO” back in the 1200s, there were no sugar pills or clinical trials. Actually, “placebo” had nothing at all to do with medicine back then. In reality, for members of the Roman Catholic Church (which was most folks back in those days), “placebo” would more likely have made them think…Read More