Mayday Game

Here is the mayday game…. I played this at an event recently.. and it was fun…

plus it’s May now.. so it’s timely :-)


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  1. rijk says:

    not no 2, so for me 1 or 3, i’ll go for 1

  2. greatestpotential says:


    :smile: Can you believe it’s been a year since you did this video? “Mayday Game” is one of my all time favorite HotForWords videos :!:

  3. bud5150 says:

    :cool: Dear teacher the good answer is the #1

    french Bud :wink:

  4. leonard says:

    MARINA….best of BIRTHDAYS…..luv :wink:

  5. swedehunter says:

    Hello my dear teacher!
    If I´m not mistaken both Titanic and Lincon went down in april … so it has to be number one then, the french connection…

    from your dear student / Swedehunter

  6. donfelipegonzales says:

    Dear teacher
    Argh too late! this one was very interesting, I go to read the answer!
    Your devoted student
    Voïvode Philohippos

  7. dvdpage says:

    I am guessing answer #1.
    I miss the electric guitar at the end of your lessons. I’ll have to go back to some of the earlier lessons to hear it. It’s hot like you!
    Thanks again

  8. scarab808 says:

    I know that this is a late response to your video, but did you also know that there is a May Day in Hawaii (not mayday but an actual day in May, usually may 1st). It is a celebration in Hawaii and I just thought I’d let you know in case you were interested in learning more about that… It started in 1927, I believe.

    There’s even a song by Leonard and Ruth Hawk called, “May day is Lei day in Hawaii”

  9. 0wildbill0 says:


    Thank you so much for making me the teacher’s pet in this video lesson. I am so very honored. I e-mailed the link to all of my friends. They find it hard to believe that such a beautiful, intelligent teacher would have selected me as the teacher’s pet, but, I think they are jealous.

    Keep up your great educational lessons.



  10. hutchiee says:

    Answering #1 (crossing fingers)

  11. prospero811 says:

    Hey, Marina,

    Lately, when I log on to your website, it will allow me to post comments, but not on the most current video. For instance, I logged on just now and can post here, but when I click over to the Mayday Answer, it does not allow me to post a comment. After a while it will, but there is frequently a delay now.

    I was wondering if any one else experienced this, and if it was your website or my computer that was the cause.



    P.S. Abe Lincoln was assassinated on April 14, 1865, and the Titanic struck an iceberg on April 14, 1912. Also, on April 14, 1828, the first edition of Webster’s dictionary was published. On April 14, 1935, Babe Ruth played his first game for the Boston Braves.

    • aLx says:

      just don’t log out. I never do.

    • aLx says:

      uh, no. mine never did. neither firefox nor safari.

      • prospero811 says:

        I use Firefox. Some sites have an option when one signs up that says “keep me logged in.” I’m not sure if this was an option I failed to choose when signing up. I don’t remember. However, I do use Firefox, and it does not keep me logged in all the time, unfortunately.

    • Marina says:

      I always stay logged in.. don’t know why you would be logged out.. you have to physically log out. Are you able to make comments now?

      • prospero811 says:

        Yes – I can always post comments, but sometimes it’s the most recent board. There are times when I will be able to post on one board, but not the most recent. It’s really strange. It might have something to do with cookies, as alx mentioned, but I don’t think I delete cookies – maybe my computer automatically deletes them when I shut my browser – however, I don’t think that’s the case since cookies for remembering passwords are always there….

        Perhaps this is one of those insoluble mysteries…..I much prefer soluble mysteries…. :smile:

      • aLx says:

        your browser stores your passwords differently. that’s not what cookies are. yeah, ff has a few options how to handle cookies and the like.

        extras > options > privacy (or (data) security) > [x] accept cookies > keep cookies until … (be sure to not choose “until firefox is closed” or however they put it, sry, got the german version).

    • aLx says:

      you have to accept cookies. just tried it, emptied the cache and deleted all cookies. after deleting the cookies I wasn’t logged in anymore when I restarted the browser. that’s it, I guess. just don’t delete the cookie you’re given. plus, there’s this “remember me” thing when you sign in. be sure to check the box in front of it.

    • aLx says:

      ah, crap, wrong place … again …

      your browser stores your passwords differently. that’s not what cookies are. yeah, ff has a few options how to handle cookies and the like.

      extras > options > privacy (or (data) security) > [x] accept cookies > keep cookies until … (be sure to not choose “until firefox is closed” or however they put it, sry, got the german version — choose “until they’re not valid anymore”).

      • prospero811 says:

        Marina and aLx – further to my log on issue…. it’s weird – I “logged on” using the button at the top right of the home page. I then clicked to the Molotov Cocktail page and the “reply” links were on. However, I clicked to the Mayday Game page, and the “reply” links were not on. I tried a couple times (same browser window as well as different browser window), and same result. Now – after having posted my last post on the Molotov Cocktail page, this page is working fine!

        This is just weird! I wonder if anyone else has had the same issue.

        Or, am I just crazy? :shock:

      • greenbush says:

        Yes guys, aLx and prospero811, my May 3 reply was hard to do. This time, I could not sucessfully login to post a reply on my MSN browser, nor Mozilla, rather with IE7 I could. Why? Beats me.

  12. walkinintherain says:

    How about “eavesdropper”? And surely there must be some funny origins of Russian words that can be explained in English? Why did you choose ENGLISH to study anyway? Popularity? And WHERE did you get that HORRIBLE New York accent :)?

    I’ve taken some Mandarin classes and my teacher always tells me funny stories about how some words in that language came to be. The Italian word “ciao” also has an interesting origin.

    Love the web site, even WITHOUT the boobs (take that as you may lol).

    • wordlover says:

      New York accent? Are you referring to her diphthong of [o]? Y’know, like “dwahg” /d̪ɒ͠ɑɡ/ for “dog”.

      • walkinintherain says:

        Exactly. She sounds like my aunt from Brooklyn lol.

      • wordlover says:

        Some have suggested that this [o] diphthong came from second generations Jews who wished not to sound like their parents who used a flat [o] sound. This was not due to a generation gap, but rather a desire for cultural distinction.

        To me, it seems to be a Slavic import. I’ve noticed certain Russian locutions have an almost New-Yawk sound to them. But seemingly this phonetic trend started too far back for us (linguists) to be certain for sure.

        The dental consonants could be from Italian, etc. The nasality, hmm—tough one, who knows… :roll:

  13. mrchex says:

    I really don’t like that top. Others are much better. tiny designs and rufles look frumpy or ghetto or grandma like. thanks for word quiz tho

  14. nettitus says:

    My word request is Titanus.
    What is the mean of this word ??
    Is particular ??

  15. plasticafro says:

    My word request:
    Can you do the word ‘love’. More specifically ‘love’ from the tennis terminology. But if you want to do the other meaning you can do that too. ;)

  16. supersexychong says:


  17. wordlover says:

    I want you to do a video on the origin of the word “origin”.

    XOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXO :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  18. superman says:

    Where does the term “stoned” come from? ie.. “that person looks stoned”? Thanks Marina

    PS. Enjoy your classes – you’re a great teacher!

    • 2hotforwordsfanclub says:

      I don’t think that the answer to this one is set in stone.

      Most likely explanation is that a particularly potent 19th century mixture of Brandy and beer was called ‘stone fence’. People that used this concoction were called stoners.

      Or maybe people that got stoned looked like that people had cast stones at him/her like in Jesus’s time. He who cast the first stone etc etc,
      Question is are plasterers always tired ? Has anyone seen a pissed Newt ? Or a drunk skunk for that matter ? And how can a fart get pissed LOL ?

  19. bobsully says:

    I will guess #1.

  20. dfannin43 says:

    Hey Marina!! ITs me Your favorite! Soo I have been watching the NBA playoffs and i always hear the announcers say ” He has ice water in his veins.” I understand what it means but i dont really understand how it got started. Soo i thought maybe you could explain. Have a good day! bye!

  21. webflyer says:

    Hi Marina…Mayday is used as “the international radiotelephony distress signal” and I believe it is derived from the French word “m’aider”. According to the Airman’s Information Manual (AIM) used by pilots in the US, “Mayday” is the term when repeated three times indicates “imminent and grave danger and that immediate assistance is requested.”
    Here’s a question for you. Also according to the AIM, the term “PAN” when repeated three times “indicates uncertainty or alert followed by the nature of the urgency.” Where does the word “PAN” come from?

    • pennsyltucky9 says:

      From the French as well (en panne). It means something is broken or disabled, my plane, ship, etc. won’t work right. One thing they’ll know for sure is not to count on your support in the clutch. Not as dramatic as a mayday call, but maybe that complete failure is imminent.

  22. wordlover says:

    And speaking of love, Marina, please teach us about the name «Людмила».

    Большое спасибо! :grin: :grin: :grin: :grin:

    • pennsyltucky9 says:


      Jeez, I finally found a place where we can talk.

      I meant “You’re on your own” in reference to your aforementioned dare. You with me now?

      Go ahead, call me chicken, it don’t make no nevermind to me. I’m not trying to prove anything to anyone. Just wanna have some laughs and get out before the toll taker comes collecting. I got no truck with gettin’ all riled over somebody needin’ someone else to beat on. What our compadre said to the good Captain proves my upcoming point.

      There are lots of people out there who lack danger and excitement in their real lives. They go looking for new ways to prove they’re better than others on a daily basis. People abound who make it their habit to subsist on a thin gruel of piss mixed with vinegar. They’ll even brag about their superior earning power when they have no idea who they’re talking to. Ya gotta laugh about that.

      This kind of person needs something they’re never gonna find. And putting myself in their line of fire is not my idea of a fun challenge, thanks anyway. They’ll target anyone. The purpose seems to be maintaining a solid backlog of enemies. What gets their goat is to be ignored. Last thing I need: extra battles to fight. Sorry to vent… Thanks for being my therapist, WL. Check’s in the mail.

    • wordlover says:

      I am terribly sorry, PT9, but I haven’t the slightest inkling of WHAT YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT! :sad:

  23. stokesjrj1 says:

    Marina, Dearest of all my teachers,

    There is the chingalalee. Go get the chingalalee. Where is the chingalalee? This is a word i’ve used quite often as a nondescript name for an object or item, usually accompanied along with a pointing of the finger, err index finger. This is my word request, is this an actual word?

    My word request: chingalalee

    I dont even know if the spelling is correct since i”ve never seen it in print anywhere.

    Somebody in Texas Loves You

    • wordlover says:

      How do you pronounce “chingalalee”? :?:

      • stokesjrj1 says:

        hmm thats out of my abilities to type ,but i’ll try.




        If that makes any sense?

      • wordlover says:

        Wow, gosh, I haven’t heard of the term. Hmm. :???: Dunno. :roll:

      • pennsyltucky9 says:

        Me either. It must be colloquial. But I don’t have a whole lot of miles under my tires on the Gulf Coast per se; maybe it’s cajun-influenced. Sounds like it could be from the Acadian/ expatriate French-Canadian, ne c’est pas?

      • wordlover says:

        The “chinga” part sounds strangely Spanish… :twisted:

      • murdoc129 says:

        that’s right wordlover, is a spanish word, is the present form of the verb ‘chingar’, it does not have an english translation but it’s meaning is the same as the english word ‘fuck’. It has a lot of uses as well as the word ‘fuck’.

      • wordlover says:

        It’s funny how people think that “chingar” literally means “to fuck” in Spanish. “Manajar” is probably a better translation for “to fuck”. “Chingar” more correctly means “to trouble” (in just about every sense of the word).

      • stokesjrj1 says:

        Hey ok these word origins have led me to the word i should be using
        chingadera, used as a replacement for an item or object if its name is not known or forgotten. Cool Thanks Guys

      • lytw84x4 says:

        My guess is that you were learned to talk around someone who used the prase “thing a ma gig” and when you could not quite say it right they thought it was cute the way you did and adopted it.

  24. wordlover says:

    My dear Marina,
    Could you please do a video on the etymology of the word “taxi” as in “taxicab”?

    Thank you, Sweetie! :grin:

    PS—Don’t forget to mention my screenname! :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  25. theydrick says:

    In all your lessons how could no one have fallen so in love with their wonderful teacher as to suggest the etymology of the word “Love”? We all love love, why not show it by payng due attention to where love comes from (personally, I think it comes from being Marina’s student)

  26. cimska says:

    does the the phrase “mirror image” have an origin :?:
    does XOXO really mean hugs and kisses Ihave heard of the XO meaning senior officer in the modern military :?:

  27. zelfirelli says:

    Has got to be #1.
    I believe they used ‘mayday’ in World War I and it couldn’t have caught on in just 2 years.
    And Lincoln was shot April 14th anyways.

  28. cimska says:

    What about the phrase “i’ll do it if you do it” or “if you can do it I can do it”

  29. escorpion3000 says:

    The correct answer is number #1, M’aidez that means “help me”. I love wikipedia, I love you.

    • wordlover says:

      You love Wikipedia? Wow, that’s makes two of us! :razz:

      • escorpion3000 says:

        I love Wikipedia and Marina. You too?

      • aLx says:

        That’s bullshit, aLx; out and out poppycock!

        you’re a philologist, right?
        so, you’re familiar with a lot of linguistic stuff. check out wikipedia’s article on “word”. this is crap. totally worthless, misleading crap.

        even worse is the article on “sentence”:

        A simple complete sentence consists of a subject and a predicate.
        –> link

        it does not say if the subject is a grammatical or a logical one. that is, the distinction between a logical and a grammatical subject is not even mentioned. this distinction can be important when analyzing a sentence — consider subject-to-subject raising constructions[1] or even ECM which can be analyzed as subject-to-object raising constructions[2].

        at the end of the article it is briefly mentioned that there are indeed sentences that do not follow the “rule” or “definition” above:

        However, a minor sentence is an irregular type of sentence. It does not contain a finite verb. For example, “Mary!”, “Yes.” [...].

        now, why are those sentences “irregular” sentences? no, they’re not irregular sentences, they just _are_ sentences. and, true, they do not contain a finite verb. “yes.” as a sentence, however, does not contain a subject either.
        “does not contain a finite verb” sort of implies that only the finite verb is missing, not the subject. what about “mary!”? is “mary” a subject?
        how about “look at that!”? this is a sentence containing a finite verb, but no (overt) subject.
        (you may argue that a command is directed to one or more other people so the subject would most likely be you[+sing] or you[+pl] and that there is an arbitrary PRO, like in sentences with subject or object control[3], or that imperatives work like sentences in pro-drop languages like italian, though the subject there can be overt[4].)

        [1] [he° seems [ t° to sleep]]., from: [e seems [he to sleep]].
        [2] [he heard her° [ t° coming]].
        [3] [I ordered mary° [PRO° to kill her mother]].
        [4] [(io) parlo].

      • wordlover says:

        aLx, I’ll admit that I haven’t read every single WP article, nor even all of the linguistics-related ones. But keep in mind that the definition of “sentence” varies in different languages. WP has a bent for eschewing systemic bias and tries too much to cater for all view points, nevertheless there’re still alot of good articles that you won’t find in any other encyclopedia.

        Don’t focus too much on the errors. Besides, if you’re really pissed at WP’s shortcomings, why don’t you go there and correct them yourself? :smile:

    • aLx says:

      never ever rely on wikipedia articles.

    • aLx says:

      because a lot of them provide false / not enough / biased / subjective information.

      one of my linguistics profs once said, “if you use wikipedia, only use it to correct articles. never use it to look something up. most of it is hair-raising.”

      • wordlover says:

        Es ist Kuhscheiße, aLx; ganz und gar Ammenmärchen! :evil:

      • wordlover says:

        Oops! Must – write – in – English:

        That’s bullshit, aLx; out and out poppycock!

      • 2hotforwordsfanclub says:

        I agree with wordlover. I find Wikipedia very informative and accurate. Admittedly it does need the occasional tweak, but it is usually a grammatic tweak rather than a factual one.
        WK tends to use citations wherever possible so one can always qualify most of it’s content

      • wordlover says:

        Plus, it is open to ANYBODY (whose IP address hasn’t been blocked for vandalism), so people who hate WP can unfortunately sneak bum info in to sabotage the works… :sad:

  30. electricuniverse says:

    Hi Marina, i want to know two words: “Aye Aye” (heared on ships..) and “Condomium” :?:

    Regards from Hamburg

  31. cimska says:

    My body makes Dopamine where does that word originate from

  32. cmacfamsc says:

    Hi Marina. How about the origin of the term “shot glass”.

  33. gmf7162 says:

    Super Duper job, Miss Marina. I do have a correction for you though. It should be written m’aidez. Since it is second person plural, it should end in ‘Z’.

    I really enjoy word/phrase origins and you have put a new spin on it. Thanks to you and your sister.


  34. mattia says:

    I would Like to Know the origin of the word “Concubine”

    thank you I love your lessons Btw :mrgreen:

  35. petrosxp says:

    I think it is the first origin…!
    Thank you very much!kisses!

  36. cfc106 says:

    I would like to request the origin of the saying “going over like a lead balloon.”

    Thanks Marina!

    p.s. I’m having trouble with my homework……..can I stay after class for some one on one lessons! :wink: :twisted:

  37. alidor says:

    Hi Again.

    Please, could you tell me the origin of the word “fortune”

    Thank you


  38. alidor says:


    I think the Number 1 is the correct answer. Mayday come from a french word.



  39. dogcorvettte says:

    for your next video on youtube tell me wat the word photo come from :roll: :lol:

  40. d04105641 says:

    Origin of ‘uproar‘?

  41. cimska says:

    I am forced to agree with the word Bravo, I know that it can be congratulations and bravo team, It sounds closely related to brave

  42. bad doggie says:

    I was going to venture with the Titanic, then realized they had to have gotten the idea from an earlier source. So I ‘m gonna go with #1.

  43. guardianjosha says:

    well sence the titanic sank on my birthday number 2 is wrong i think that you r trying to trick us with the whole tricky one saying i think its #1 but thanks for the game. hey how about the phrase

    i take the high road you take the low road


  44. juancarlosjones says:

    It is choice numero uno.

    I have another phrase request. Higgledy-pigglety (sp). Sorta like snafu. Something is messed up.
    Is Babealicous a real word? It should be.

  45. timmylowe86 says:

    This Lesson Was Very Helpful, You Teach Us Well Marina! :smile:

    P.S Your STUNNING! :) xxx

  46. jonyboy26 says:

    Marina your the best!

    Can I request the word “corny”

    Thanks marina :)

  47. murdoc129 says:

    I like this lesson and I LOVE the teacher, I think everybody does.

    I wanna request the word HOAX.

  48. jwc905 says:

    Hi Marina,

    I love your videos, I could shoot the bull with you for hours. Wait, shoot the bull? That doesn’t seem very nice, how did that come to mean to chat idly?

    - Jeff

  49. faiz99 says:

    i wonder where the origin of the phrase; ‘to pull a leg’ if you are lying or joking about something. everyone uses it a lot, and i was thinking about how it came about. Thanx Marina,
    ps i think u are a REALLI hot teacher! :smile:

  50. wesfluke says:

    hey, it would be intersting to find the origin of the word “fluke”. since it is my last name, and it means luck, it would be cool to find out its origin. also can you tell the general country the last name “Fluke” would come from? thank you :grin:

  51. vrmonkey says:

    How about the word movie?

  52. stokesjrj1 says:

    Answer #1 is correct. The Titanic only had a wireless telegraph set no radio. Don’t know about Lincoln without a googling

  53. ericv89 says:

    so yeah.. its like the first one… i wanna be teachers pet too yumm

  54. Warren says:

    I DIGGed Marina.
    At least two of us are trying to help you.
    I’ll guess that #1 is the correct answer.

  55. tayljim says:

    Answer # 1 is correct

    the Titanic sank on April 14/15, 1912 so #2 is incorrect
    Lincoln was assassinated on April 14, 1865 so #3 is incorrect

    Note to CaptJack, I heard somewere that the letters s & o
    were used for SOS was because they were the easiest and
    fastest to type out. Is this correct?

    • Bob says:

      CaptJack already handled this at length on the SNAFU page and gave a reference for further study.

      • tayljim says:

        Thanks Bob, it’s just that there seems that there are still some
        who think that SOS means save our ship/souls.

      • pennsyltucky9 says:

        Okay, Bob. I read the whole thing. Now I’ll be needing some strong coffee.

        Captain Jack, you rule. Now heave to and prepare to be boarded! My war canoe done gone went an’ sprung a leak…

      • wordlover says:

        tayljim, here’s a little info:

        SOS. 1910, from International Morse code letters, chosen arbitrarily as being easy to transmit and difficult to mistake. Not an acronym for “save our ship” or anything else. Won out over alternate suggestion C.Q.D., which is said to mean “come quickly, distress,” or “CQ,” general call for alerting other ships that a message follows, and “D” for danger. SOS is the telegraphic distress signal only; the oral equivalent is mayday.¹

        ¹Source, Online Etymology Dictionary [*].

      • captainjack says:

        Thanks Bob!

        PT9, Canoe sinking? Shall I call out a Mayday for you? :mrgreen:

        Thanks WL!

        I was just thinking we have a bunch of great TAs here. (Unofficially recognized that is) You guys are why I come back to this site.

      • wordlover says:

        But, as the founder of the UTAs club, what’ll happen if YOU get chosen as TA? :eek:

    • cimska says:

      I think it means something like S>O>Signal

  56. andrewbean90 says:

    Plz do the word Hacker as a Video

  57. nbeltran says:

    :grin: :grin: :grin: :grin: :razz:


    It’s #1

    I would love to hear about the origin of the word,”cashflow” which according to Robert Kiyosaki is one of the most important words in
    financial intelligence in Wall Street.



    • cimska says:

      First check your baqua, the chinese instrument for measuring one’s success among other things, also thought of under the concept of feng shui

      • nbeltran says:

        Dea cimska; or whoever you are?? :twisted:

        I’m asking a Philologist NOT an amateur, so don’t take this

        the wrong way. I’m asking for the benefit for others and learning

        something from a Philologist unless You’re a Philologist??

        Please don’t answer any of my questions because

        this is Marina’s website. :grin: :grin: :grin: :razz:


        Nelson Santiago Beltran, MSCIS
        Certified Neuro Linguistic Programmer;

      • wordlover says:

        Cimksa, don’t just sit there getting the shit kicked out of you: DO/SAY SOMETHING… :roll:Good grief.

      • aLx says:

        yeah, don’t let anyone that needs to wave around with some degree try to impress you with it.

        also, that nlp crap, having “linguistic” in its name, is a disgrace to every serious scientist working in the field of linguistics. it doesn’t have anything to do with anything on here anyway.

      • wordlover says:

        LOL :lol:

  58. tlndofa says:

    i saw red :cry: and you said yes :shock:

  59. mistress9nine says:

    OMG my name gets mentioned! Love you Marina :!:

  60. marcus_easy2 says:

    Marina, it would be truly fitting that you use the word, “gorgeous”, that is what you are! There is something about your blonde hair that glissens like waves of wheat fields struck by the mid-day sun! Your deep blue eyes that would make the skies and the oceans jealous of the tint of yours! Your body, curved,soft and rounded in all of your peaks and breathtaking valleys! The sweetness of you sexy and playful Russian accent begs for our attention. You are the true definition of the word, gorgeous, and therefore please honor my request by giving your definition of the same word, and see if mine differs from yours, ok? Your are lucious! Love, Marcus_Easy2

  61. lucasaraujo5 says:

    It’s origin number 1. :mrgreen:

  62. dianejan3 says:

    Like jonnyboyca I’d also like to know the origin of the word “BRAVO” ….

    You’re amazing, thank you teacher! :grin:

  63. Bob says:

    This game was too easy. :!:
    Give us a real challenge so I can be proud to show off my report card when I have “Made A+”

  64. eisenherz says:

    Hello Marina,

    What is a GI ?? Yes we know in Germany that an American Soldier but What is the origin of the word GI?
    Thank you muuuuuuuuuuuuua ! :mrgreen:

  65. eisenherz says:

    Hello Marina,

    What is a GI ?? Yes we know in Germany that an American Soldier but what is the origin of the word GI ?????
    Thank you muuuuuuuuuuuuua ! :mrgreen:

  66. bethany says:

    how about the word “frivolous”? :eek:

  67. rincewind65 says:

    Hi Marina,

    Its got to be Number 1.

    Wonderg about the origin of the 2 word “whooping cough”.

    Thamk you for the great podcasts


  68. captainjack says:

    Oh very funny. :mrgreen: You (the student body) don’t even need google to find this origin. A quick search on HFW site would have clued you in. No one followed my Telegraph Office Magazine link on the “SNAFU” lesson. (You don’t see it? Oh your so lazy!) I try to educate you people but your too busy watching the two bombers calling out a mayday. Now Im surprised that Marina didn’t tell me to keep quite on this lesson. Interesting. humm.. Oh now I know why… :mrgreen:

  69. greenbush says:

    Dear Marina: GTW answer Number 1. Mayday is similar to SOS/save our ship, therefore electronics/electricity/codes are necessary, so President Lincoln got shot is out. The Titanic needed to already have a code for telegraph messages for distress signals, and SOS works well. So that leaves us with the typical 1940′s movies of airplane pilots sending a distress message of Mayday three times. They didn’t choose to telegraph that message, it was verbal. So I’ll stay with No.# 1 answer. Sorry not to post for a while, my MSM browser window won’t let me reply, but Mozilla seems to be ok. lol!

    • captainjack says:

      FYI, :smile: SOS does not refer to Save Our Ship. It never did. :cool:
      It was brought over from the telegraph list of codes. Look at the comments in SNAFU lesson.

      • greenbush says:

        Sorry captainjack, I didn’t spent much time in a vessel in the water, such as yourself. Miss Marina will reply soon, so I hope you get to be the teachers’ pet.

      • surfinri says:

        Dear Captain Jackass: For your edification, the meaning of the distresss signal “S.O.S.” is actually “Save Our Souls”.

      • cimska says:

        I have always thought that it meant S.O.Signal

      • wordlover says:

        CJ, two people have recently called you mean things: surfinri misaddressed you as “Jackass” and greenbush called you a “vessel in the water”… :sad:

      • captainjack says:

        Greenbush, No worries mate. Teacher’s pet?!? Not a chance. Hitman and myself are unloved & unwanted pets. :cry:

        Cimska, Yes is just means distress. I don’t know why those letter where chosen. But it was just the thinking of early land line telegraph operators. Many letters where used as kind of a short hand to speed up communications. (i.e. CQ=calling any station, DE=this is, etc.)

        Wordlover, (oh grasshopper) this is not a big deal. Im like a duck in the rain. The water just rolls off of me. When one becomes a true sailor :mrgreen: the worries of life just roll off. When you’ve seen what I have seen, Done what I have done, get the t-shirt that I got, done the movie that I have done, ( could go on you know, but I think you get the point :mrgreen: )… Things like this are irrelevant. Im not easily angered, but when I do watch out im deadly. Thank you for your concern. :smile:

      • wordlover says:

        My grandfather was in the navy, but he had a bad temper… :eek:
        Specifically, he was a navigator. I think the sea is cool, but I don’t like getting dizzy—if you catch my drift… :mrgreen:

    • mello-g37 says:

      S.O.S SAVE OUR SOULS……… :smile:

    • BillyB says:

      Obviously we do need to communicate effectively. Get Mayday (SOS) wrong & you’re sunk.

    • BillyB says:

      Mr. greenbush sir I respect your,posting here, but as for appearing to be on too familiar a terms with the teacher you may or may not know something secret.& if you do not work for the department of motor vehicles, your info may be inaccuate anyways. & if it isn’t you’d lose your job. So Miss Roadapples or Miss Rhodisia (Zimbabwe) or Miss Interpert should be properly restated as respecting teachers wishes… eg Marina, HFW, Your majesty even. There are reasons people have private lives & reveal themselves to those they trust & all of us don’t lay all our cards on the table , as it were, for our own personal reasons. Watch the last minute
      Watch first 35 seconds
      BTW I use SOS in my automotive business name S.O.S. Automotive Ltd. which goes with the catch phrase “Automotive distress, call SOS” still havent used that in an ad. yet as I think it sounds a little to corny . whatya’ think?

      • greenbush says:

        Thanks BillyB for your comments on how we as students relate to our dear teacher HFW. It is my intention to treat our teacher as a real teacher, not as a facade, caricature, or object. Needless to say I do not have any secret connection, nor do I presume to show others that I do to, Miss M. R. On the other hand, my son knows that he is to show respect to his teachers and neighbors by calling them Mr. or Mrs. so-and-so, not by their first names. You and me and Miss M. R. and all the other folks are covered behind their “handles”, or fake names. This illusion to hide ones true identity can lead to problems, ….to fully integrate ones self back together, before you go to sleep. But, BillyB, your point is well taken. And I appreciate your insight on how we as pseudo anonomious blogglers relate to others. If you were to try to figure out who the real greenbush was, “because he said such and such”, maybe you could google it for a while to get it. But the real greenbush is me, without lies, pretense, braggadocio, and all that other stuff that teenagers go through to discover themselves without the lies. Your point is well taken BillyB, as to our private/personal lives on how we address others. I don’t call you William B., because maybe that is reserved for a certain someone special. Miss HFW has the ability to look the camera in the lens, to really make one think, she really means you. So I will not address her as I have in the past, rather……well I guess,dear Miss HFW. Ok? Thanks again BillyB.

    • BillyB says:

      Loosey goosey or lovey dovey stuffs cool, I hope you “got it”
      I’m just Billy, William, Hey you… even. I don’t have a good enough memory to pretend anything else. Thanks for the response anyways Later.

  70. nefariousorator says:

    How bout the word superfluous?


    I am Covered in Tattoos and always wondered where does the word “Tattoo” Come From?

    Also check out my youtube at

  72. jonnyboyca says:

    :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
    Mayday is a great word!!!

    :idea: I have a SUGGESTION for a word. Can you please please PLEASE do a video for the word……..


    I want to know the origins of this word and it’s history! Thank you!

    ~jonnyboyca :lol:

  73. skubaduk says:

    Origin of : ” spank your monkey “

  74. jayowns23 says:

    Hi marina my name is Justin i think ur a very sexy amazing women and u just make me feel that i can be as wonderful and sweet as u can be and i just wanna say i like the site and i would love to actually meet u in person really im sure i cant but i’d like u to mention me on a video of any choice and make me feel a little happy i mean my family has been having problems and i just would be happy if u said my screenname on one of your movies and make me feel a little better ur beautiful and i would love to be ur man hahahahha

    Ps.. Im 18 so dont feel like im some werid kid.. lol

    Your friend Justin :wink:

  75. lainvalentine says:

    hello miss marina. i’ve always wondered, does the word lesbian which refers to gay women have anything to do with the island of lesbos if not, what is the origin of the word lesbian?

  76. barhopper10 says:

    Hi marina, I know alot of people use this word alot in different ways whether its in a good way or bad. So I was wondering what is the origin of the word Gay?

  77. Broadsword says:

    It must be number 1, surely…..

  78. highvoltedge says:

    what russian words influenced english words, and take a few moments and speak to us in your native tongue seems to me would be quite sexy to hear you speak russian

  79. highvoltedge says:

    may day comes from the first definition

  80. agorillo says:

    May day in Russia wasn’t it a womans holiday to party and get really hammered ?

  81. agorillo says:

    I had a russian girlfreind once and she would call me “chuchello”on ocaision,which means what ?Thanks for your prompt attention to this weird word!

    • wordlover says:

      Since the teacher didn’t answer you, I’ll tell you: «чучело» can mean “stuffed animal” —OR— “scarecrow”. For your sake, I hope your girlfriend meant the former… :wink:

      PS—The latter doesn’t seem to be as common as usage.

  82. labbatt78 says:

    Gosh, I just missed. :oops: oh well. Anyway I’m going with #2.

  83. bobalobob says:

    It must be #1 m’aider because I know for a fact that the event of the Titanic and the death of Lincoln both happened in April.

  84. bosscelt says:

    Here’s another great military term for you….spiro agnew. And I’m not referring to the Vice-President under Richard Nixon.

    Good Luck, Hot for Words.

  85. bosscelt says:

    Marina: Where did the phrase “the third degree” come from?

  86. bosscelt says:

    Must be the revoltin french term. The Titanic sank in April and Lincoln was shot and died in March.

    Ah, the process of elimination.

    As much as I despise the cheese-eating surrender monkeys, they sure now how to indicate a disaster. Mayday, mayday.

    It is my birthday, but thankfully has nothing to do the the french word or any of the disasters mentioned.

    • 2hotforwordsfanclub says:

      Be careful or you will get a verbal lashing from Lividemerald and Bobb. LOL
      April Fool’s day is my birthday and was invented to mock the French for refusing to change New Year’s Day which was on 1st April in France.

      PS For sale 2 French fighter jets, only 10km on the clock LOL.

      As for cheese eating, the EU are trying to insist on pasturisation of all milk put into cheese. Almost all French cheese would be made extinct.

  87. cmacfamsc says:

    I would like to know the origin of the word obsequious.

  88. awesomekid89 says:

    hey marina what does the word doogy mean?

  89. awesomekid89 says:

    hey marina where does the word fuck come from?

  90. toungetwisted says:

    What word in the English langauge has the highest number of different meanings?

    • pennsyltucky9 says:

      Now THAT would be an interesting assignment.

    • dvdpage says:

      is or love

    • prospero811 says:

      My guess -


      I think the OED has it with almost 200 different definitions.

    • prospero811 says:

      Guess number two is a word that comes up every now and again around here. As Ralphie in the movie A Christmas Story put it – The Queen Mother of all dirty words…the F – dash – dash – dash word.

      That word and its derivatives exist in every part of speech:

      noun: a good f—
      verb: let’s f— (and can be transitive – John f—ed Jane – or intransitive — Jane got f—ed)
      adjective: I’m doing all the f—ing work!
      adverb: She is f—ing beautiful.
      expletive: f—!!

      I haven’t seen a complete set of definitions for the word, but just thinking about it, I can come up with a whole list of different nuanced meanings. I am not sure if it gets to the level of the word “set” but it sure is more fun to talk about.

      • wordlover says:

        Every part of speech? What about preposition?

        How about cross for all parts of speech (except for pronouns)
        noun: He was nailed to a cross.
        verb: He crossed the street.
        adjective: He looks cross.
        adverb: I’m feeling cross today.
        preposition: Pass the hammer cross the table.
        interjection: Cross! (Sorry, not a good example! :sad: )

        What else…?

      • prospero811 says:

        Preposition? Well, one can f— in a preposition or a post-position, depending on preference. :lol:

  91. awesomekid89 says:

    hey marina what does cunt mean?

  92. keja says:

    ‘Tis theory number 1.

  93. awesomekid89 says:

    hey marina what does chink mean?

  94. classclown says:

    ok…ok…i got it!! i say MAYDAY came from #2…A virgin, named MAY who had a bad DAY on the titanic when it slammed into the plymouth rock iceberg in 1492! that is the o’virgin you meant, right?
    woo hooooo! what do i win?? :razz:

  95. freshtrout says:

    I finally understand the name of your website….
    It’s because you are too hotforwords right? :grin:

  96. joe g says:

    Would you please investigate the origin of the word/term “catbird seat.”

    Joe G.

    • pennsyltucky9 says:

      This expression might stem from the fact that birds can see a lot from their high-up perches. They can also hear all kinds of stuff. Catbirds are excellent mimics, as I recall. They are native to the area where I was raised.

      I once knew a parakeet named Buzzard who had memorized three vocalizations:

      1.) “Meow….Meow” she would do this for hours. It reminded me of the sound of a catbird.

      2.) “Here kitty kitty kitty!” This drove the resident cat inSANE, and

      3.) when brought outside the cage, she’d perch on your shoulder and whisper into your ear, “I’ll shit on your shirt” and she wasn’t kidding!

  97. awesomekid89 says:

    hey marina what does mortar mean?

    • lividemerald says:

      I’m not sure. But there’s a story that a bricklayer was sued for building a wall that crumbled to the ground. He brought his tools and materials to court with him to be entered as Exhibit A. When the plaintiffs complained, the judge, in a rare slip of the tongue, cried: “Mortar in the court!” It only made things worse. Out of “Mortar…!” came chaos.

    • 2hotforwordsfanclub says:

      There is ‘Mortar’ this word than you think. ! LOL

      Can’t set which meaning you refer to in ‘concrete’.
      Shell we discuss the weapon ?
      Or are we going to run a’ground’ discussing it’s use with a pestle and us all having a ‘crush’ on marina ?

  98. toungetwisted says:

    I think that it is numberrrrrrr….1.

  99. keepy1 says:

    I would like to know more about the word callipygic. Please use visual references.

  100. satoncho says:

    Can you do a lesson on the word “Petrol”? I just know its another word for gasoline.

    • 2hotforwordsfanclub says:

      I would say that Petrol is the English word for Gasoline, originating in 1892 as a brand name first registered by German company Carless-Capel & Leonard,

      Benzene is the German and Russian term I believe.

      I thin that you will find that gasoline is not an English term at all. It is American as are the words lobby, hood (cars) gas (cars) sidewalk, cookies, ho, hooker, jaywalking, soccer.

  101. reger7 says:

    Marina, do you think Joe Paterno should retire? What’s your opinion Baby he’ll listen too you?

  102. hellasldog says:

    Hellasdog is my student

  103. petmefish says:

    Uh… :shock: ..what?
    The first one.

  104. Hitman says:

    Anyone pass through a May Day if you travel with us

    I’ll bet for the #1 theory; because someone post the answer here in (a few weeks ago) :mrgreen:

  105. harek84 says:

    Hey!! I have a word to request, actually it is an expression: “What’s up”
    I know the meaning, but I would like to know where it comes from, the thing is I speak spanish and if I translate it literally, its meaning changes, so I want to know why it means what it means.
    Ok, bye!!!

  106. gio.forever says:


  107. lenoshka says:

    I again my beatifull teacher ….

    I wanna know if you can tell me the origen of some word in spanish….

    Im from chile but all your word are in english…..

    PD: sorry but my english is so bad wen I Have to write…. :oops:


  108. booboodod says:

    Where does he word tangerine come from? Is there any connection to Tangiers Morocco?

  109. billyinc1 says:

    I am so thankful that You survived Marina.

    I will go with the #1 choice.

  110. icebreaker says:

    It is “ugh’ from the French word “m’aaideer: meaning “help me”. See below –

    The Mayday callsign was originated in 1923 by Frederick Stanley Mockford (1897-1962) [4]. A senior radio officer at Croydon Airport in London, Mockford was asked to think of a word that would indicate distress and would easily be understood by all pilots and ground staff in an emergency. Since much of the traffic at the time was between Croydon and Le Bourget Airport in Paris, he proposed the word “Mayday” from the French m’aider.

    Yes, I cheated by googling, but why shoudl this school be any different from my regular school days :cool: :mrgreen: :wink:

  111. astaroth267 says:

    I’m pretty sure it’s #1

  112. mosescali says:

    im taking a wild guess… theory number one? and i would like to request the word ‘movie’ or ‘film’ well, theyre both the same

  113. gio.forever says:


  114. I’d like to know the origin of: surprise

  115. Nr.1 for sure ;-) Remember something from high-school history classes. It was some misunderstanding during radio contact.

  116. rreppy says:

    Okay, the consensus seems to be #1, from the French m’aidez. But I am going to go one further, and suggest that it is specifically from WWI biplane pilot chatter in the French war theatre, and that is why it is mostly an aviation term…

  117. runawayscott says:

    I’m willing to say 1, I’m hoping you changed the pattern of the answer always being 2

  118. hotfor-hotforwords- says:

    No 1 for me thanx hot teacher :wink:

  119. harveycasual says:

    Hi Marina,

    I would like to guess that the answer is #1… however…

    I was told from a questionable source that the word really came from some guy back in the hood… circa 1261. Supposedly he said to his executioner… “may I live another day”. This guy said it SO FAST… it sounded like… Mayday! This is what the crowd heard and the guy’s last words lived on. Sort of a legacy.


    :arrow: :shock: Je ne sais pas!

  120. nighteye says:

    I’ll go with #1 – there was quite some exchange of words between English and French during all those past wars and rivalries. England was even conquered by the French once.

    Anyway, being the oldest profession known to men, where does the word prostitute originate from?

    • jesterzusmc says:

      the oldest profession wasn’t a prostitute. Prostitutes came from the temples after the priestesses were “engineered” out of existence by new religions and ways of worship.

      • nighteye says:

        It’s much older than that. When people still lived in caves, men hunted prey and brought the meat to women as gifts and proof of their strength and capability. In return for the meat, the women ‘rewarded’ them. It’s that old.

      • wordlover says:

        No. no !, caevman beet wumin on hed with klub, she giv bodee. bodee guud! but then kum babee. no guud. bad cavenma! ug! :sad:

      • jesterzusmc says:


        that’s not prostitution as a profession.
        That’s interpersonal relations in a patriarchal hierarchy.
        The priestesses were “paid” with “tributes” to the god/goddesses they represented. and afterward were paid for the services they provided.
        Priests and Warmongers (for cavemen- shaman and chiefs) were around long before.

    • leonard says:

      Random lesson leads to random comment: nighteye, I back [prostitute] word use analysis by Marina

      the minds temple…HotForWords…Republic of LEXICON*****minds #$ …. know no scattered…pound the cash bar :idea:


  121. 2hotforwordsfanclub says:

    I think that most people know that the Titanic sank in 22nd March 1912.

    As the French word Maider means come and help/rescue me we have our answer
    # 1

    Just to confirm as i am not American so i had to cheat and I had to look up Lincoln’s assassination date April 15, 1865

    • 2hotforwordsfanclub says:

      PS it is obvious that the worlds most cowardly nation should invent the term mayday LOL

      PPS……… 2 French fighter jets for sale . Only 10km on the clock !!! !!!! LOL

      • lividemerald says:

        Check your history. The French have been in many wars over the centuries, and they have shown great courage in many of them. The whole notion of French cowardice stems from the 20th Century world wars. However, cowardice was not the reason the French fell to the German invasions. Also, during WWII, the French Resistance worked very hard to screw up the German occupation and gain access to valuable information through political infiltration. This helped pave the way for the American victory. It’s so easy to fall prey to long-held views that were inaccurate in the first place. And, of course, the American media has never been kind to the French. Oh, and just for the record, I don’t have an ounce of French blood in my ancestry. But I have studied French history as part of my M.A. in French Literature.

      • BillyB says:

        Hopefully you only say that, in jest. When one speaks against his own nation , he is an activist. When one speaks against a neighbour, he could be considered an enemy or at the very least a fool or agitator. (context is key) :neutral:

      • 2hotforwordsfanclub says:

        Thanks Billy B
        Of course it was said in jest.
        Lividemerald I also study history it was tongue in cheek !
        It is fact that most French hate Brits despite all we did for them in the war so it’s just my little jovial dig.
        The recent reputation comes from France’s opposition to the invasion of Iraq, which when UK and US propaganda is filtered out was absolutely immoral and wrong. So the French were right.
        Not quite sure why you think WW2 was an American victory.
        I think history books will say Russia from the East and Britain from the West with considerable invaluable assistance from the US after Pearl Harbour, but certainly not a US victory

    • runawayscott says:

      If your not american, where are you from?

    • captainjack says:

      Hey that was the year I was born. No wait. Im off about 100 years.

      April 15th hu? TAX DAY?

  122. davesanrn says:

    My beautiful teacher, would you know the origin of the phrase, “pulling your leg?”

  123. hurcules4444 says:

    hi marina, just wanted to ask you, if you plz can tell us from where this word came from >gasoongazz? :twisted: plz and thankyou!
    p.s. if you can start giving your subscribers a post card each month i think you’d have alot of people appreciate what you have to say much more! kisses :grin:

  124. Богдан says:

    I think #1 is the answer. It makes sense when I think of the past 100 years of European history. The Germans gave us the term for “Surprise Attack” (Blitzkrieg), and the French gave us the term for “Help Me!”.

  125. cej says:

    i want to know the origin of this word: “Wisdom”, we know we can use it like inteligent (wise). But where is it come from?
    Is just i am curious because i like the word.


  126. BillyB says:

    The piston engine on the jet plane wasn’t a clue not to fly on that airline? cute though. Mezmerized me Marina, with the hot pink hair tie.
    I know the answer without the google ’cause you did this @ the cocomment thingy, which you were great in BTW, really showed you off, your charm & stuff, work on the mic thing though. This guy just wouldn’t trust you though LOL but I’m hotforwords ha ha. Two hot blondies I can’t believe these haven’t got more views they’re hidden treasures to Marina fans. If you want the answer to the homewaork without google Look around. oops that’s let the cat out…

  127. geronimo says:

    OK my guess is #1 which would be a great relief to see that you have given the # 2 a rest.

  128. melikadothechacha says:

    Tres chic – pardon my french – #1
    May 1st – May Day – maypole dancing?
    So, that’s the origin of pole dancing!

  129. wordlover says:

    Can you do a video for the word “massage”?

    Keep it up, Honeypie! :grin: :mrgreen: :!:

  130. pennsyltucky9 says:

    It’s “m’aidez” from the French. Aidez, or help (aid), the final Z being silent, and in the formal or collective plural command form of Help Me! the M at the beginning is a reference to whom it is you should help… Me, that is.

    And even though it’s a day late, I must reprise the ever-popular folk lyric:

    Hooray hooray
    It’s the first of May!
    Outdoor sex
    Begins today.

    • wordlover says:

      Ditto to the “z”… she was close enough, though. Close enough for me! :twisted:

    • lividemerald says:

      The French do not say “m’aidez” at all. That is grammatically incorrect. They say “aidez-moi.” So Mayday does not come from the command form. It has to come from the infinitive form: “m’aider.” Perhaps the “senior radio officer at Croydon Airport in London, Mockford” did not know his French grammar…

      • bibul says:

        I don’t know why, but I can’t watch the video today. It doesn’t works for me.

        But I read yoyr comments. I’m french and I think the origin expression is “Venez m’aider” (“venez” Come and “m’aider” help me). Only the end of the phrase was kept and it’s Mayday (with the accent).

        That’s what I often read about this subjet. :lol:

        Kisses from France,


      • pennsyltucky9 says:

        Excellent. :idea: So that’s why I failed that French test about 100 years ago! Thanks lividemerald. And thanks also to bibul, whose extra clarification is invaluable as well (but I’d be satisfied with a handshake if it’s all the same to you).


        A tout a` l’heures!

  131. wordlover says:

    Answer = â„–1

    • pennsyltucky9 says:


      Howdy there.

      In reference to your question from Cat out of Bag Answer vid:
      no, I made that one up. BTW, there’s a ‘bird in the hand’ response from a really old NatLamp you should check. It’s in that same string…I think it’s a response to Prospero or something.

  132. lenoshka says:

    Hi Marina ,,,, I love all youre lessons and I have a a word request ….

    is HOMOSEXUAL…. and I wanna know the origen and why is using for de people`s like the same sex



  133. aceofosea says:

    Would you please look up the origen of the word time? Its a common word but many people don’t know what time means or what it is.

  134. hotforhfw says:

    I’m French! Why do you think I have this outraaaaageous accent?! OK, so I’m not French, but that word is. I cheated though because I saw the video from that event. Can I still be the teacher’s pet even though I cheated?

  135. redbarchetta says:

    No 1? Why not. Love your lessons, keep it up teacher!

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