Thursday, December 24, 2009

Tinseltown


funny word of the day: tinsel

From Wikipedia:

Tinsel
was originally a metallic garland for Christmas decoration. Nowadays it is typically made of plastic, and used particularly to decorate Christmas trees. In addition it can be hung from walls or ceilings and is normally flexible enough to be wrapped around almost anything e.g. statues or lampposts. Tinsel in its modern form was invented in Higham Ferrers, England in 1843, and was originally made of shredded silver.[1]

According to the Concise Oxford Dictionary, the word is from the Old French word "estincele", meaning sparkle.

Tinsel is a rare German, Czech and Dutch surname, originating from the same old French Word "estincele".

Tinsel used to include lead, which caused the strands to hang better from the branches. This was eventually removed due to safety concerns.[citation needed]

Tinsel also can harm or kill pets, so it should be used cautiously in homes with pets. [2]

In honor of Christmas Eve, I thought this was an appropriate word. For the first time in 12 years, I'm not spending Christmas with my husband and his family in Wisconsin because I cannot travel this late into my pregnancy. We're going to try to Skype later but it's not the same as being there. I'm wishing everyone a long-distance Merry X-mas and hope they still have fun playing our annual game of Pictionary without me.

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