Did you know…Co-founded in 1994 by Jerry Yang and David Filo while they were PhD students at Stanford, the company that would become a leading search engine and pioneer of the internet used to go by a much lesser known name. The search engine giant began as Jerry’s Guide to the World Wide Web, but by 1995 the founders realized they’d need something a bit more concise, so they renamed the company Yahoo! — an acronym for “Yet Another Hierarchical Officious Oracle.” According to Filo, the exclamation point was added for “pure marketing hype.”
I know all those words, but that sentence makes no sense to me.
Happy birthday, Matt Groening! The Simpsons creator did not find success overnight. After moving to Los Angeles to make it as a writer, he instead found himself washing dishes at a nursing home, bussing tables, and landscaping at a sewage treatment plant. The experience led him to create his self-published comic book, Life in Hell.
1. a list or collection of proper names.
2. a list or collection of specialized terms, as those used in a particular field or subject area.
A quick look at any onomasticon shows how many more Greek names begin with alpha than with any other letter.
— Edited by Benjamin Acosta-Hughes, Elizabeth Kosmetatou and Manuel Baumbach , Labored in Papyrus Leaves: Perspectives on an Epigram Collection Attributed to Posidippus , 2004
We bring this up because today happens to be the 162nd birthday of Mr. Roget’s compendium of synonyms. Yes, on this date in 1852, the first edition of Peter Roget’s onomasticon was published.
— Greg Mandel , “Tuesday’s Edge: Have you seen today’s Butt?” The Oregonian , 2014
Onomasticon entered English in the early 1700s from the Greek onomastikòn meaning “vocabulary arranged by subjects.”
Perhaps the rare and simple pleasure of being seen for what one is compensates for the misery of being it.
Happy 75th birthday, Margaret Drabble! The British novelist is involved in well-known literary feud with her sister, the writer A.S. Byatt. It seems that Byatt took offense when Drabble wrote about a family tea set—as a result, the two do not read each other’s books.