Questions from the general public
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Over at Slate
, the Explainer column
just posted its annual "Questions We Never Answered" roundup
: the gimmick is that the question which gets the most votes will eventually get answered, with all the usual thoroughness.Last year
there was only one language-related question on the list — "How can I tell if I was the first person to use the term 'K-fed-up' in relation to Britney's divorce?" — but this year there are several, presented here for your bemusement:
Hello. I am an editor and writer and I would like for everyone to change some letters that are now in lowercase to uppercase. An example would be the 18th century to the 18th Century. Where does one go about starting to do this?
Why does having a foreign accent make a person seem more attractive?
I've been looking for information on how the word "dick" became an insult, especially since people still go by the name Dick. Why would anyone choose that name, when it has other meanings?!?!
Is it "open sees me" or "open says me"?
Feel free to offer your answers in the comments; I've already found some basic info on Dick/dick
and open sesame
in case you're curious.
(For anyone who truly craves answers, I highly recommend Wired
's smart answers to silly questions
Think reactive, not reactionary