Corporate Contractors - Winter 2024 Newsletter

Can You Guess? 1. What is the fear of Friday the 13th called? a) Paraskavedekatriaphobia b) Calendaphobia c) Tredecimaphobia d) Triambigophobia 2. What is the Latin name for the genus of mammals to which goats belong? a) Meleagris b) Ovis c) Capra d) Bos 3. Organza, taffeta, and georgette are fabrics traditionally made from what material? a) Polyester b) Cotton c) Velour d) Silk 4. What were the first hockey pucks made out of? a) frozen cow dung b) ice c) wood d) rubber 5. At what temperature is Fahrenheit equal to centigrade? a) 32 degrees b) -40 degrees c) 0 degrees d) 5 degrees 6. Which U.S. state has a law preventing your chicken from crossing the road? a) New York b) Hawaii c) Georgia d) New Hampshire Answers: 1 (a); 2 (c ); 3 (d); 4 (a); 5 (b); 6 (c) Contraction Contradiction Most contractions in English are pretty straightforward: they are becomes they’re; he would is shortened to he’d; is not is isn’t; and we will is squeezed into we’ll. The two words join together, minus a few letters. Put it together, and shorten it up. What could be easier? But that isn’t the case for will not, which becomes won’t instead of willn’t. Why does the will change to wo? It doesn’t really. We just inherited it from our linguistic ancestors. But there was a reason for the wo in the beginning. In Old English there were two forms of the verb willan (“to wish” or “to will”)—wil- in the present and wold- in the past. Over the next few centuries there was a good deal of bouncing back and forth between those vowels (and others) in all forms of the word. At different times and places , will came out as wulle, wole, wool, welle, wel, wile, wyll, and even ull and ool. There was less variation in the contracted form. From at least the 16th century, the preferred form was wonnot, from woll not, with occasional departures later to winnot, wunnot, or the expected willn’t. In the ever-changing landscape that is English, will won the battle of the woles/wulles/ools, but for the negative contraction, wonnot simply won out, and contracted further to the won’t we use today. When you think about the effort it takes to actually pronounce the word willn’t, this isn’t so surprising at all. Misquoted Movie Lines SnowWhite and The Seven Dwarfs: “Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all?” Actual quote: “Magic mirror on the wall, who is the fairest one of all?” Gone With The Wind: “Frankly, Scarlett, I don’t give a damn.” Actual quote: “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.” Casablanca: “Play it again, Sam.” Actual quote: “Play it, Sam. Play ‘As Time Goes By.’” The Empire Strikes Back: “Luke, I am your father.” Actual quote: “No, I am your father.” Which U.S. state has a law preventing your chicken from crossing the road? Get More Energy Throughout The Workday Maintaining your energy level all day can feel like an insurmountable challenge. Don’t ignore physical or mental fatigue, but don’t surrender to it, either. Try these tactics for recharging: • Move around. Take a walk, even if it’s just a quick stroll around your office several times throughout the day. Getting your blood flowing speeds delivery of oxygen and nutrients to your body. • Take a deep breath. Several, actually. Sit up straight to open your chest cavity and get more oxygen into your lungs. Here’s an exercise: Breathe out through your mouth completely. Then inhale through your nose for four seconds. Hold it in for seven seconds, and then exhale for a count of eight seconds. Do this four times to refresh yourself. • Drink sufficient fluids. Water, like air, delivers oxygen throughout your body. If you’re dehydrated, you’ll feel tired. Drink plenty of water or a low-calorie sports drink. • Get outside. Sunshine and fresh air can have a rejuvenating effect, along with the exercise benefits of taking a short walk. • Learn something new. Spend a few minutes with a book or on the Internet researching a subject that’s really interesting to you. You’ll stimulate your mind and make new mental connections.