Giraffe.. or is it camelopard?


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  1. Ramsey P. B. says:

    I know that the cetaceans (all whales, dolphins and porpoises) are capable of hemispheric sleep. Since they need to be partially conscious to breathe it’s suggested that one half of their brains (hence “hemispheric”) shuts down, or sleeps, while the other half is active so the animal can take in breaths. The behavior called ‘logging’ in whales is when this happens. Off the top of my head I don’t know how long this lasts but I think it’s interesting nonetheless.

  2. ddull2000 says:

    In South Africa, the word is pronounced with a hard g, and the vowels are shorter. It sounds like gear-off. The accent is on the second syllable, too.

  3. deusex says:

    Marina, you missed a point here. The word “giraffe” is not coming from the arab language. “girafe” is the form used in french, but the arabic word is “zarafa”.

  4. leonard says:

    good job as always…rain coming with ice snow…bees are good and so are you

  5. sindri says:

    I’ve heard of a few inventors and creators who can’t sleep for more than a few hours at a time. That’s as close as you can get I think Marina. Though it seems like you and HFP barely get any sleep anyways.

  6. Bob says:

    I just heard a joke which I have to share:-
    Q. What do you get if you cross a camel with a leopard?
    A. A fire-side rug that you can have a good hump on. :lol:

  7. papawolf says:

    I am totally in love, you are an angel.

  8. sniperskaya says:

    Marina, the name kangaroo has an interesting origin too.
    Fish, whales, sharks, etc., don’t require much, if any, sleep.
    Do ants sleep? Who cares?!

  9. Dez says:

    Apparently there is a Camelopardalis constellation (first recorded in 1624 by Dutch astronomer Jakob Bartsch). The head of the constellation is near Polaris, and unfortunately the constellation is rather faint. But a point-to-point drawing of the major stars within it does make a crude stick figure of a giraffe.

  10. yankeegato says:

    Party animals don’t seem to need much sleep…

  11. fedrov says:

    Where does the F-WORD come from? I mean fuck ofc.. :oops:

  12. lividemerald says:

    Marina, what does pigeon-livered mean? I know a Chinese woman who actually takes pride in being pigeon-livered!

  13. leonard says:

    sounds cooler is right, borrowed from? sleep is deep

  14. Dez says:

    Homework: I’d say it would have to be an animal being chased by hordes of hungry predators, like a turkey on the eve of Thanksgiving. :mrgreen:

  15. animalntaz says:

    What “animal” gets the least amount of sleep?

    …Well, I do suffer from insomnia from time to time. :neutral:

  16. mittheman says:

    I would like to know why the English language is full of so many heteronym’s.

    Such as…


    And so on.

    • Dez says:

      I’d guess it has a lot to do with being a conglomerate as well as an inclusive and growing language.

      • mittheman says:

        If you have to record a song before you can put it on a record and you have to duplicate an item to make a duplicate; then why doesn’t something become elaborate when you elaborate on it. Also, why do you suffer from drug abuse if you abuse drugs?

      • Dez says:

        I forget how young this crowd is :smile: … Fact is… you don’t have to record a song before you put it on a record. You can record, live, directly to the record… which is how the process was done for generations before magnetic tape was developed. Perhaps you’re wondering what magnetic tape is… don’t worry, it was the technology that preceded compact discs. True, you must duplicate to make a duplicate. It is even possible to elaborate on a topic, making that topic seem elaborate… and if you have abused something you leave evidence of abuse. In the examples you provide you are comparing verb usage of a word to noun (or adjective) usage… with a slight change in pronunciation to identify one from the other. This is not a big mystery. The humorous sewer/sewer difference should illustrate the need for differing pronunciation most admirably.

  17. jamidf says:

    In Spanish only exist the word JIRAFA for this animal :smile:

  18. mittheman says:


    Pardon my obsequiusness, but your physiognomy is breathtaking!

  19. yomero says:

    Hello Professor Marina. What’s the good word? :wink:

  20. danielpool52 says:

    923 votes

  21. joo2goo says:

    can u investgate miscellanaus plz :wink:

    Fan from egypt

  22. gudlak says:

    Hello, Marina :mrgreen: will you marry me?

    By the way, I want to know the origin of the word “buzzerbeater”.

    yours sincerely,


  23. jayvh says:

    Hi Marina,

    I like to know why there is a difference in english between the words zero, null, nil and even love (in sport).

  24. Capman911 says:

    903 votes. Marina is over 900 votes now.

  25. Capman911 says:

    I think Charles Trippy is having video problems. His video is under conversion. Maybe they have seen he violated the rules and he’s having to reedit his video.

    • Marina says:

      Charles Trippy has 2 videos… his first one did not compress.. so he uploaded it again. He’s at 337 votes, in the #4 position after one night. So he’s going to probably pass me. He used part of my video in his, with my permission of course :-) But I’d still like to win!

      • James says:

        Thanks Marina. I think I will be getting a mac soon. I looked at one in a shop.. But I never figured out how to turn the camera on!! Thanks for all of the help you have given me



      • wetsuit5 says:

        Even with your permission he is still in violation of the rules. :shock:
        Non “Original” content and “Third Party” content. :twisted:
        If you gave permission you couldn’t sue for using it, but then he couldn’t use it for contest purposes in the first place. :lol: :lol:
        Besides being a REAL CRUMMY video. :mad: :sad:

      • prospero811 says:

        I think by the rules they have to pick you if you are in the top 3, but the winner is decided by the website without regard to the number of votes. They pick what they think is the best video out of the three.

      • buzzword says:

        winning would be nice, but your getting good exposure. nice idea to let him use your footage, double exposure.

    • pedantickarl says:

      Hi cap, Trippy has been averaging about 20 votes per hour in the last 12 hours. If Trippy surpasses Marina, all we have to do is keep Marina in the top 3 voted-for videos so she goes to the finals.

      • prospero811 says:

        Note – if you have more than one email address, you can register on that website multiple times, giving yourself 5 votes per day per email address.

    • Capman911 says:

      Moose and Squirrel and Capman911 have that part covered about more than one address :twisted:

  26. maxmuller says:

    Hey Marina,
    if u could help me out with the origin of the word “cigarette”! :wink:

  27. xbobx says:

    How about a sloth? It requires a lot of sleep, I think.

  28. sparkyinseattle says:

    Okay, Phrase request please…

    “Freudian slip”

    I still see spots….

  29. prospero811 says:

    Some fish don’t sleep at all, and 1/2 of a dolphin’s brain goes to sleep, while the other half stays alert to sense predators.

  30. sparkyinseattle says:

    :shock: I see spots….

  31. CaptainJack says:

    Im noticing something interesting about the ‘Favorite day of the week’ poll. Ok I know Friday and Saturday were going to be very popular, but I never would have guessed Monday would out rank Wednesday & Thursday. You hear many people talk about the Monday blues. I wonder why this is? :???:

  32. CaptainJack says:

    “If voting changed anything, they’d make it illegal.”

    - Emma Goldman -

    • buzzword says:

      ha! thats funny! and so true in a very general kind of way ignoring the times in which voting did change things. u.s. citizens ought to vote more frequently, really.

    • Capman911 says:

      Jack you know for the first time in my life since I have been voting I really don’t know yet who I want to vote for. That kinda scares me a little. I afraid of what the republicans put us through for the last 8 years so I am concerned about voting Republican. I don’t know about Democrat because of Obama and what I personally think of his back ground. If I don’t vote I can’t blame anybody but myself for not voting. This to me is a scary year for America.

    • lividemerald says:

      On Thursday at the Democratic National Convention, Gov. Bill Richardson said more than a few words in Spanish. Then, almost immediately afterwards, he cried, “Let’s take back America!” I was kind of wondering who “us” referred to…

    • lividemerald says:

      I’m also a bit perturbed that the campaign slogan for the Obama camp is “Yes we can!” which is a direct ripoff of “Si se puede,” the Hispanic battle cry that a Hispanic lady got all of the delegates to shout earlier at the convention this week. I have nothing against HIspanics. In fact, virtually all my students are Hispanic, and I love them dearly. But the campaign slogan, and the speaking of Spanish at the convention, is speaking to a divided America–one where Americans are no longer asked to speak English. It’s not inclusion; it’s pandering. At least my students will grow up speaking English. Being bilingual is a blessing. Refusing to learn English, and expecting politicians to pander, is simply not getting with the program.

    • lividemerald says:

      I’m sticking my neck out on politics here. Nothing to do with giraffes, who, uh, stick their necks out… Disclaimer: My name is LividEmerald, and I do not necessarily support this message!

    • lividemerald says:

      Is it possible to retract our political statements? No, no se puede.

  33. koalabear says:

    The “Best Weekend Ever” website is a lot faster now.

    Vote for Marina. :smile:

  34. russelllynn32 says:

    I would like to Request the word ( glib. ):

  35. furiafox says:

    Hi, i`m Brazilian and would know the origin of the word LAND.
    I realy like you, good job.
    O lot of kisses

  36. BillyB says:

    Today’s quote might be poetry

    “Hell is paved with good samaritans.” – William M. Holden

    I’d say a more acurate description would be, the “road to” hell is paved with good samaritans. Run over by the croud, because they were going the wrong way. Slay me, if you will.

  37. James says:

    Thanks for your comment on my video Marina! I want camelopard too. I am getting closer to a mac though. I just hope final cut pro isn’t to hard to use

  38. the chalange says:

    the animal that sleeps the least is the elephant. no wonder they always look so haggard!

  39. protac6 says:

    Also Marina can you derive the word “super model”? Are they really “super” to begin with? Whats so differerent between supermodels and models :?: :???:

    Thanks Marina

    • CaptainJack says:

      They just are the tops in their industry. You can use Pro Models vs Armature Models because they both are making money as a profession. Think of it this way. Very popular actors that make the big bucks vs average actors that get very little pay.

    • animalntaz says:

      I think it started with, what’s her name? Janice Dickens? That former supermodel who’s looks are now like a roller coaster. Anyway, she claimed to be the first supermodel when she tried exaggerating her model status, back in the ’80s, I think.

  40. protac6 says:

    OOH OOH OOH! Pick me for the next teacher’s pet Ms. Orlova pleaseeeeee!

    Also did you hear a quote by this one supermodel named Linda Evangelista? It went like “It was God who made me so beautiful, if I weren’t I’d be a teacher.” Good stuff Marina for proving her wrong AND looking better than her!

  41. pig-in-a-poke says:

    Привет мой дорогой преподаватель,

    Your expert abilities with words reminded me of my believe, rightly or not, that Russians were very good at reading between the lines of the formerly state controlled newspaper, Pravda, thus creating very critical thinkers of the political environment. (Am I over-thinking this? :idea: )

    With this in mind, I wondered if Russians follow the United States’ Presidential election and what their reactions are regarding the candidates.

    С уважением,

    Ваш Дорогой Студент

    • mijj says:

      If that’s true, then why hasn’t the average american (or brit) managed to develop the same ability with his own news media?

      Western corporate media has been much better at blinkering opinion than the state run efforts of the ex-USSR. Why is that, i wonder?

      • prospero811 says:

        I would dispute the premise that the western media has “blinkered” opinion better than the state run efforts of the former Soviet Union. On what do you base that allegation?

    • mijj says:

      (i was referring to: “Russians were very good at reading between the lines of the formerly state controlled newspaper, Pravda, thus creating very critical thinkers of the political environment.”)

    • pig-in-a-poke says:

      Thanks for your reply, Mijj. Perhaps, we buy the “pig in a poke” because we assume we are getting the real deal and don’t look in the bag first. The packaging is so impressive.

      • mijj says:

        I think, because the USSR state view was so easily disseminated (centralized state control of information), there was no effort to actually make it become the receiver’s viewpoint. The state merely expected it to become the receiver’s viewpoint because it said so.

        Along with that, i presume there was felt little need to get feedback on the effectiveness of the propaganda.

        In the west though (US particularly), there’s much more knowledge of the psychology of effective propaganda. e.g. splash headlines might make a suggestive point one way and it would be contradicted in the body of the analysis. The mass of people are susceptible to the headlines. Those who go into details of political analysis are in the minority. So, propaganda is deniable.

        Of course, G.Bush’s government is more in the style of the Soviet Union, hence it only made half hearted attempts to create effective propaganda and relied more on assertion and intimidation.

        The next US government will be more subtle.

      • pig-in-a-poke says:

        More subtle? Do you mean like getting knifed in the back instead of the forehead? Either way, you’ve been had. The press should be the entity shouting, “Watch out!” Not, “Ooooh, did you see that? Shock and awe, impressive.” Boneheads!

      • mijj says:

        i mean more subtle in the way the propaganda works.

        i.e. .. instead of the blustering machismo of the bush years, there will be a hand-wringing concern that certain actions must be taken in the best interests of … etc. … rather than the Bush years hysterical “we have to attack or we’ll be exterminated” type stuff.

        e.g. .. Bush is rightly accused of war crimes committed against Iraq. However, why is Clinton rarely mentioned? .. he’s responsible for the same order of magnitude of deaths in Iraq. By sanctions designed to maintain the crippled state of iraq he also ensured a huge death toll because of lack of essential supplies.
        e.g. “UN figures show that up to 5,000 children a month die in Iraq because of the sanctions against Iraq”

  42. donis says:

    hi there…
    i wonder if there is something about word ”Botox”
    maybe it’s just for me, but i think this word is weird + i dont like how it sounds…

  43. huggles131 says:

    I would like to know where the phrase, “Knocked up” came from.

  44. buzzword says:

    okay, so argentina and england are arguing about the falklands, u.s. and russian hegemonies are in conflict. this shit seems very familiar. if one is really interested in words and rhetoric and their role in influencing world events, now is a great time to observe and analyze the communications occurring between governments.

  45. Cashy says:

    Chuck Norris does not sleep. He waits.
    :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock:

    There once was a curious Giraffe,
    who was teased for the odd verbal gaffe.
    To impress all the herds,
    He joined Hotforwords,
    put an end to his errs and their laugh.

    :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  46. hammy says:

    Hey Hotforwords:
    I’d like to know the origin of scantily-clad.
    thank you!

  47. mijj says:

    Marina, what’s the etymology of the word “eloquence”?
    (as demo’ed in this vid [Miss Teen USA South Carolina 2007 with Subtitles])

    • ELOQUENCE is Latin ELOQENTIA “easiness of speech”.
      The word can be cut E-LOQUENT-IA :
      E = EX = OUT + LOQUENT = SPEAKING (past participle) + IA = NESS (suffix). If I dare say it would be OUTSPEAKINGNESS in English.

    • koalabear says:

      A slow motion train wreck.? :grin:

    • aLx says:

      give her some credit. when i first saw it, a few months ago, i was like, wtf? but i contemplated this. after all, it’s not a “miss thought” contest or something, it’s “miss teen.”
      one of germany’s best soccer players once answered a question with “it’s like chess, only without dice” … ummm … okay, dude … same thing. it doesn’t really matter to me if he knows how to play chess or provide a correct analysis of a sentence. he’s a soccer player. he’s supposed to score goals. that’s what he does, and he’s pretty fucking good at it. — that’s knowledge, too. even intelligence. you get the ball, you got like half a second to decide what to do. regarding soccer, his brain works very fast. would yours in this situation?

      • mijj says:

        i was thinking along those lines …

        .. but then i thought: meh .. what the hell .. it’s funny … and isn’t that what’s most important when posting on the internet?

      • prospero811 says:

        Well, in all fairness, they have a question and answer segment so that the competition will, in part, be decided by the ability to think on one’s feet and formulate a good and poised answer on the fly. She failed miserably, but I think the way she was treated afterwards was abysmal. She was a 16 year old girl who fucked up a beauty pageant. She ought to have been able to walk away from it.

  48. philipfilip says:

    I was wondering where the word punk came from(as an insult :?: :?: :?: ). Hot 4 words must investigate this!!!

  49. wetsuit5 says:

    @ 864 and looking good. :cool:
    #2 @ 571 and running on a flat tire in the dust. :lol: :lol:
    #3 @ 528 with gas can in hand. :lol: :lol:

    Viva Las Vegas!! :!: :!:
    Gee, Marina could headline her own one girl show there.
    HotForWords Does Vegas.
    (I was thinking a word show not some porn crap)

  50. mittheman says:

    Horse – 2.9 hours
    Donkey – 3.1 hours
    Sheep – 3.8 hours
    Cow – 3.9 hours
    Asiatic elephant – 3.1
    Pilot whale – 5.3

  51. nick770 says:

    Hi Marina,

    I love your lessons!! Keep it up!

    I was also wondering where the word “voluptuous”, came from.

    It turned up in your “Hot Synonyms” video.

    Please investigate!!! :wink:

  52. lawtony says:

    what does tis mean it poppedup on a pop up andi havent been aqble to find out what it means Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis it has 45 letters and ive never heard it being spokn

  53. James says:

    Is the love letter contest over yet?

  54. pedantickarl says:

    Holy Murphy’s Law! Can someone check the FAQ on the contest site to verify that the contest has been extended by 2 week? Link is above.

    It was supposed end this Sat, but it shows a new ending date of Sept 13.
    which is an additional two weeks.

  55. keithymac72 says:

    Hi love your lessons!!! I was wondering if u knew where the word “tottie” originated. :roll:
    Thxs .xxxx

  56. sexxybeast7 says:

    i think you should do the worlds camel toe and then show us yours as an example

  57. koalabear says:

    Just voted at “Best weekend ever”, Marina is ahead 843 votes to 571.
    She should make the finals and win the whole kit and caboodle.

    I understand the “kit” bit but where does “caboodle” come from? :???:

    Is it like “canoodle”? :shock:

  58. boppin it up says:

    I was just checkin’ out the “What is your favorite day of the week” poll when suddenly curiosity strikes. Whats the origin of the whole 7-day week anyways?
    Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday…..
    What do the names of the days of the week mean?
    Is this same 7-day cycle used all over the world?
    So yeah! Hook it us with some knowledge girl!

  59. bobsully says:

    Interesting, but not solved it seems, “…borrowed from the Arabic word, which was most likely of African origin?” Sounds like there is more to investigate to me, or do we have a dead end here? :?:

  60. pedantickarl says:

    Hello Marina, did you see the latest entry into the best Weekend Ever contest? Charles Trippy.

    Click on the Recently posted link on that site. There are two “What Weekend?” videos. Don’t click on the video that shows Video Conversion in Process. He munged that one and it may lock your browser.

    He is emulating your video, crying to sxephil’s show and colab’ng with your phone call. He is attempting a coup from 5th position with 94 votes. He already burned 86 votes on the munged upload.

    Friends, we need to stay in first place.

  61. goliath2nd says:

    Hi ya,
    I was wondering about the origins of the word: cleavage.

    can you help me
    from you dear stundent :)

  62. drew1791 says:

    word request :mrgreen:

  63. lostinhere says:

    The horse sleeps for approximately 2 hours a day.

  64. clairvoyant says:



  65. sadsad222 says:

    Word request : Metaphor


  66. davecodave says:

    209 !!!

  67. hamid6724 says:

    Hello my dear teacher.
    I thought you might be interested to know that there are two words for Giraffe in farsi (the language that people speak in Iran and parts of Afghanistan and Tajikistan) . One of them is “zarafe” which is so close to Giraffe and the other one is “shotorgavpalang” which literary means “camle-cow-pard”
    I also like to let you know that I like your new videos with wide lenses better. Now I can see your bare feet as well and this is a lot sexier. (don’t get too confident though)

  68. leasan83 says:

    hi marina!!!! i love your channel!!! can you do the origin of “pun” as in….you can watch marina on the boobtube…uh…no “pun” intended…oh oh…i guess that would be another word…”boobtube” where the heck did that come from?!?!?!

  69. joylight says:


    I just love the word, and would love to have you tell us about its origin…

  70. nightfire_xx says:

    I was just talking to my mom and we were talking about oranges. And I was wondering: In English, why are the fruit and the color the same? Is it simoly that oranges are named for their color?


  71. pedantickarl says:

    Marina has now broken through the elusive 800 barrier and is standing at 802 votes.

  72. andy w says:

    Request for a word: Boob Tube

    I’ve seen people call the TV a boob tube, even though a TV has nothing to do with boobs and tubes.

  73. pedantickarl says:

    Thank you to all who voted for Marina. It’s a new voting day (Thur). Three more nail biting voting days left (Thur, Fri, Sat). Going for the gold.

  74. lolimoli says:

    I would like to request a word :mrgreen:
    The word is: Diva

    I know its a modern twist on the word Prima Donna but where and how did it originate?

    Thank you Marina :mrgreen: keep up the good work

  75. tommaralem1987 says:

    An animal that sleeps less than 2 hours a day…. hmmmm…. A foreign correspondent for the TV.

  76. bill2468 says:

    seals sleep very little


    • okay4now says:

      Never heard that one before.  I once had a young (not full-grown) seal spend the night in my bathroom, I was rescuing it from a storm.  It slept with me on the floor, even climbing-up on me & cuddling on top of me so I was stuck there the entire night. Sea World came the next morning to get it. The guy had a long pole with a noose around it, I told him “No way!” and I carried the seal to the cage on the truck like you would a small child or pet–GREAT animal, like a dog with flippers. But more to point you see seals sleeping all over the place. Unless you’re talking about Navy Seals…

  77. tommaralem1987 says:

    If you want to talk similartities to animals. The giraffe looks like it has the same physique as a Camel(Stature), Horse(Shape) and Leopard(The spots).
    The Arabs took over North Africa, so they brought Arabic. It’s from a dialect of Arabic.
    Dialects work like this:
    When I say Dog, I pronounce the o as aw in saw. In the midwest they would say Dawg aw prounounced like the “Aoooo” in a wolf howling. In Manhattan they would say DwOOg.
    The simple way to explain dialects in Arabic is with the word Abdullah(Slave of God). In one region it’s pronounce Abdillah, in another it’s Abdallah.

  78. tassostuna says:

    hi miss :) i would like to know what are the origins of the word -agent-
    and if you could search for another one -proctal-( i think i know though but i would like you to search it please . thank you

  79. If my information is correct the SHARK never sleeps because he has something like two separate brains. When one brain does not work the other does.
    The necessity of sleeping is in fact a strange phenomenon but, Marina, can you ask your uncle, DR POPOV, to explain us how he explains this necessity ?

  80. chief says:

    Chief is ever so honored to hold the “teacher’s pet” position. You shant be disappointed. Chief
    ps. if I had a teacher like you in my schooling days I may never have wanted to graduate!

  81. tazman says:

    I would also like to know about the words
    ‘Nymph’ and ‘Notorious’

    Thank you, my dear Teach!!!

    • animalntaz says:

      I think ‘nymph’ comes from Greek Mythology, as maidens or lesser goddesses of mountains, forests, lakes, etc. But I could be wrong on whether it goes that way far back or not.

      You weren’t confusing ‘nymph’ for ‘nympho’, were you? :mrgreen:

  82. tazman says:

    Hello my dear Teacher!
    I would like to know why someone would say
    ‘Go Fly A Kite’ when they are upset with somebody?
    I know you can find tne answer.

  83. Chemikal says:

    Mijj and iamme097 were discussing which came 1st… the chicken or the egg! Allow me to get into it, and at the end I will cleverly request 2 terms.

    Do you guys even realize that in the egg is an actual chicken, instead of your morning omlet?! :))

    Also now, the problem is reduced to this… what came 1st? The chicken or the egg shell?

    Well… since an egg shell is made of keratin, a substance only found in living organisms… the answer becomes obvious and the problem simplistic. [but if your a redneck, this will do too: `dem darn alienz planted the eggs in the ground, and they grew into Crispy Strips]

    So why did that chicken cross the road then? Because it was dead serious on not winding-up on the day’s menu.

    • Capman911 says:

      Actually the chicken or biddy is not in the egg if the hen hasn’t been fertilized by a rooster. The only thing in the egg is the yolk and the white surrounding membrane. So when animals developed first on this earth mammals and reptiles gave birth to their offspring by different means “ie” live birth or eggs.
      But to us rednecks we believe that eggs come from mushrooms that was planted by Aliens. When a mushroom pushes through the ground the top of it is called the egg in which we collect and fry or scramble in the pan. So there. That explains the origin of what came first chicken or the egg. I got that from Goober.

  84. smokey36bear says:

    My homework answer is ME. I only need about 8 hr. a week :smile:

  85. cruorsanctus says:

    Hi again hotforwords! I would like to update my phrase request, i now have 2 that i would love for you to research for me!

    Through thick and Thin
    When the cows come home

    Thanks in advance again, and keep up the great videos!

    • lividemerald says:

      Seems that, at any moment and anywhere on the planet, 2/3 of cows are homesick and therefore face northward. By the time the cows do come home, the glaciers will have pretty melted already, and Al Gore will be skinny dipping with the Inuits.

  86. David says:

    As far as I remember, the one “animal” that doesn’t get much sleep EVER is… that grumpy drummer from the Muppets. LOL
    :arrow: :lol:

  87. cruorsanctus says:

    hey hotforwords! great video as usual, and heres one thing for you to ponder, what is the origin of the phrase

    Through Thick and Thin

    ? That is my request for today! Thanks and keep up the great work!!

  88. marco antonio says:

    Hi, im marco gonzalez :grin: :grin: my word request is first sight love. because thats what i feel when i saw your video!

    Thx bye

  89. tirededdy says:

    HI! I just registered here, and I want to request my first word. I was wondering what the origin of the word MUG is. It refers to the cup of course, but also a persons face. Thanks, love your vids.

  90. mijj says:

    Warren has told me:

    Go to the Maxim Radio shows that Marina has done in the past.
    Good fun and Stretch has a great sense of humor.

    .. anyone have any links?

  91. prussell303 says:

    Hi Marina!
    I heard that dolphins don’t sleep at all until they are a few weeks old!

    I was also wondering where the word “-Quack-” refering to an incompetent doctor comes from.

    Thanks from your favorite student!

  92. leon p says:

    Hi Marina,

    Great video about the Camel and the Leopard, i’ve got this burning question about a songtext called “Tainted Love” written by Edd Cobb
    Gloria Jones sang it in 1964, I remember only the Soft Cell version being the first one, and as a child wondering what Tainted means. Sounds like Painted.. but why would anyone paint Love?

    (btw your accent reminds me of a special Lady i’ve met years ago, she originally came from the north-western part of China, don’t ever try to hide it..;)

    Leon P

  93. b-meister says:

    well koalas are definitely out of the picture. Do sharks and fish sleep a lot. Insmoniacs don’t sleep at all. How about insomnia?

  94. taxevasion says:

    A word I am requesting is engineering or engineer. I’m currently studying mechanical engineering and was just curious. Thanks.

    • mijj says:

      i checked the french for “engineer” -> “ingénieur “.

      my wild random guess (because that’s what i like) is:
      I bet it has something to do with ‘one who is employed to be “ingenius”‘.


  95. tampa1205 says:

    I can’t think of any animal that requires so little sleep.

    However, I do have a word request after watching the Democratic National Convention – Pander!

    • 2utoday says:

      :mrgreen: How about a waste of broadcasting time? I’d rather watch a movie this week!

      • tampa1205 says:

        I am probably just a masochist, but I have been watching all of the convention this week and will do so next week as well. I was hoping that the Democrats was expand upon their platform with some specifics, not just their normal platitudes and pandering.

        I have class tomorrow night, so I am recording it to be able to watch the entire thing.

        I am a Republican and will probably enjoy their convention next week a great deal more.

        Still all style and no specifics on Barack Obama.

      • 2utoday says:

        :roll: I am a democrat but don’t always vote democrat. I have a tendency to analyze each candidate and decide on their qualifications who gets my vote. So far,I don’t see any qualifications for Obama-zip,zero,nada. I call em as I see em!! Now,I’m going to watch another movie.

  96. #1 Student says:

    Hi M,

    Not sure the animal who get the least amount of sleep, but lions get a lot like 22 hrs a day. If I had to guess I would say flamingo; stand up sleeping is hard enough, but on long leg come on… Got to be short sleep time there.

    #1 Student

  97. Capman911 says:

    Marina is in first position with 767 votes by moose and squirrel. :grin:

  98. armando says:

    Do sharks have the ability to actually sleep? I thought they didn’t have eye lids. :shock:

    • BillyB says:

      Check this out, talk about dog days
      I usually make it to the end of the meal before I fall asleep, not always though.
      I’m ok, as long as nobody scares me.

      • mijj says:

        those dogs – that’s ‘orrible.

        lol .. fainting goats tho .. they’re crazy.

        while we’re at it … beware of [the yawning hippo]

      • labbatt78 says:

        Hey Billy, how you doin? I’m doing good. I got my raise at work today and my cubbies are 33 above 500. Bring on the Phillies! I think I’ve been doing 2 much homework lately so I’m due for a break, at least for a while. That was a lovely outfit Marina had on! I hope you and everybody else have a nice labor day weekend! Cheers! :cool:

      • BillyB says:

        Hey labatt78… I’m good , but tired as well.
        You got a raise…cool, do you get more work to do because you get more money?
        You’re going to school too? summer time?huh You still surprise me…
        I agree on Marina’s outfit, ideal for a hot day. She looked cool while the dog struggled to stay cool on the tile by the door.

    • BillyB says:

      Sleep related & human, I think… Inside the lab of Dr. Frank Yakazuki. Sorry ’bout that.
      Noticed you like a little musical break every now & then, (loved the Shatner, oh
      Do you prefer Distant Dreamer/a>or

      • mijj says:

        yeh .. i feel dirty and ashamed for posting pic links and music links – this is a words site – but i do it anyway! Please, Marina!! Forgive me!!


        Inside steve’s mind = LOL! – that’s brilliant .. added to my favorites so i can chase up the others.

        “I’d like for you to have this job .. if you do we can have dirty sex.”
        I had a job interview like that once :) .. without the offer of dirty sex, though. :(

        and .. finally, a resume that everyone can believe!

        The duffy one was the better of the two, i think .. the other one was too mournful.

        … if you like the sound of a lady beltin’ out a song, here’s [Siouxie Sioux]
        (i’ve put this link up before, so you *may* already have seen it)

  99. garcis093 says:

    Hi hot for words, i have always wondered the Meaning of the word “GRINGO”. so can you please look that up and tell me wut does that means, and i will be very happy :) :mrgreen:

    Thank You.

  100. davemarkwz says:

    I don’t think I have ever seen a fish sleep – even though there is the
    famous saying: ” Sleeping with the fishes. ”
    You can tell by there eyes, just like sharks ….
    Black eyes! Like a doll’s eyes ….
    When he comes at ya, doesn’t seem to be living ….
    …. until he bites ya. Then those ….
    (? too much ? lol!) I don’t even know if any marine animals sleep.
    It’s pretty darn creepy. Cap’n Jack — what do you know of it ?

  101. pedantickarl says:

    Marina is in first position with 755 votes, but the second position could launch an attack tonight. Two and a half hours left of voting for Wed.

  102. roadrunrnch says:

    760 votes and 3400 views

  103. 2utoday says:

    :wink: I was going to give you a fabulous answer but I’m just too sleepy. I’ll get back to you in 7 or 8 hours-Yawn!! :smile:

  104. loverndisguize says:

    Hi I love your videos! I would LOVE to know how the term “Push the Envelope” came to exist as breaking the barriers, what’s so controversial about a envelope! LOL THANKS! :razz:

  105. mattym says:

    How many hours does Kobe get to sleep?

    • 2utoday says:

      :mrgreen: I think that Kobe parties all night and has lots of dog friends over while Marina sleeps. Marina,you better wake up one or twice a night and break up the wild parties Kobe is having behind your back!

  106. ericitswow says:

    I had a discussion with my boss who is dutch and he said the “ya know, the whole nine yards” what does that mean, where does it come from? And I actually did some intense online research… and I found nothing. :(

    • #1 Student says:

      Hi Ericitswow,

      This phase “the whole nine yards” is tough one, so good suggestion. You may stump the word origin master. Although Marina’s a smart cookie, but this one might be her first mystery not solved.

      #1 Student

  107. ferref117 says:

    hi!! I’d like to know why sunday it’s name sunday :razz: hahaa
    why not moonday or starday maybe =p thanx

    • mizu says:

      I believe that the names of the days of the week are derived from the names of germanic gods. I think that the sun goddess Sol/Sunna. Therefore the word sunday comes from her name.

  108. kaibanator says:

    great video marina :)

    cameleopard does sound pretty cool, it has a superhero type of feel to it “half camel, half leopard”.

    Years ago I saw a photo, which I always found funny. The photo was of a massive sign which says “KIRIN”.

    People who know the name KIRIN would mostly associate it with the brand name of beer with malt. KIRIN is also japanese for giraffe :lol:

  109. bill-gates says:

    hey!!, can you make a video explaining the word “syncronization” as there are multiple sayings of the word like “synching”, “sync” and “synch”.
    Also, seeing the video of “big words” can you make a video of you saying perhaps the world’s longest english word at multiple speeds.
    the word (over 1000 letters) is a chemical term at

    If you know the longest word, please make a video explaining that word and of you saying that word.
    Hope it works out
    take care

  110. annuddermale says:

    this is from :

    Cow 3.9 hr
    Asiatic Elephant 3.9 hr
    Sheep 3.8 hr
    African Elephant 3.3 hr
    Donkey 3.1 hr
    Horse 2.9 hr
    Giraffe 1.9 hr

    fascinating that sheep, which supposedly lull people to sleep, required so little sleep themselves…

    prolly why they go, “baaaaaa!!!!”…

    annudder :cool:

  111. smalls4000 says:

    i want to know where the word computer cam from we all use them so how did it get it name :?: :?: :?:

  112. protac6 says:

    OOH OOH OOH! Pick me for the next teacher’s pet Ms. Orlova pleaseeeeee!

    Also did you hear a quote by this one supermodel named Linda Evangelista? It went like “It was God who made me so beautiful, if I weren’t I’d be a teacher.” Good stuff Marina for proving her wrong AND looking better than her!

  113. athoorth says:

    Oh yeah, might as well throw in a word request for the word Hipopatamus, not that self explaining, also 11 letters, so it can be called a long word which you like hehe.

    Read below comment for a best wishing.

  114. wetsuit5 says:


    I need private lessons.
    I’m having trouble with my Giraffe call. :razz: :razz: :razz:

  115. athoorth says:

    Marina, you did it again, an awesome video! Not that I ever doubted it hehehe

    Homework: My dogs, I have four dogs who together might be awake for 1.9 hours per day…. Thay are always sleeping, unless there is food or hunting around ^^

    Best Barks, Your Freidnly Pet Ath.

  116. you are awesome!!!!!

    by the way… where did the word “soda” come from?

  117. wetsuit5 says:

    Oh this video is just too great. :cool:
    I just noticed the pictures on the investigation cut away. :roll:
    What innuendo, I can’t stop laughting. :lol: :lol: :wink: :wink:

    Great Job Marina. :smile:
    You got so much original stuff packed into a 2 min. video. :idea:
    You got to watch if 4 or 5 times just to notice everything. :grin:

    Gotta love that COMPLEX mind behind it all. :idea: :idea: :idea:
    Entertaining on so many levels.

    • pedantickarl says:

      Good eye… and you are right on. I know she does that to test me to see if I’m asleep at the wheel. I was afraid of getting detention, but now the classroom tag line is, “HotForWords, Where detention is fun!” :grin:
      (see YT profile).

  118. cgijoe says:

    Homework… With extracredit…

    Animals sleep the least, well it’s really a toss up.. From a mammal perspective the Giraffe is really the one requiring the least amount of sleep. Some horses only sleep for 2 hours… I know the Roe Dear sleeps about 3 hours…

    Extra Credit: The mammal that sleeps the most is the Bat which sleep about 20 hours a day… and in the 4 hours they are awake they can eat more than their weight in insects… Yummy….

    My word request for the day is: bikini…
    I mean I know that the bi must refer to the number 2 … but what is a kini?


  119. deadman_wade says:

    I’ve already mentioned this on the video comments on youtube so I’ll just keep it brief and say that sperm whales require roughly the same amount of sleep as giraffes.

    On to the word request;
    Tmesis. I’ve always liked this word because of it’s strange pronunciation. I know what it means, but want to know where it comes from.

  120. wetsuit5 says:

    Humm, something is going on here that’s not straight forward. :eek:

    We’ve seen HotForWords the couch series.
    We’ve seen HotForWords the bedroom series.
    We’ve seen HotForWords the dining room series.
    We’ve seen HotForWords the kitchen series.
    And now it’s HotForWords the floor series. :razz: :razz:

    We’ve seen a lot of the HotForWords Penthouse. :shock: :shock:
    (Nice place by the way)

    Is Marina a secret Real Estate agent? :?: :wink: :wink:

    Show property…learn words. :mrgreen:

  121. iamme097 says:

    i just reached the sad realization that i have no idea what the heck the red triangle means/does

  122. kellsbells4 says:

    Hey Marina!

    I think your show is fabulous! I was wondering what the origin of the phrase “pet peeve” was.


  123. pedantickarl says:

    I see the “Big Words” video has the red triangle. :wink:

  124. kdhrocks says:

    I have a coolt word for you Marina, CONCUPISCENT

    why are there no X Y Z words in your list?

  125. socksandviolins says:

    The shark. It has to keep swimming to pass water over its gills, or it will suffocate.

  126. iamme097 says:

    did you guys know that a giraffe’s legs are strong enough to kick a lion’s head clean off of its neck?

    also, here’s a cool, totally unrelated riddle that just popped into my head for no reason at all:
    what action is a crime if attempted and failed, but not a crime if succeeded? reply with your guesses and i’ll post the answer in like 30 minutes or so ;)

    • pedantickarl says:


    • mijj says:

      and, finally, the answer to:

      Which came first: the chicken or the egg?

      The egg. .. because the chicken evolved from an egg layin’ creature.

    • mijj says:

      oh yeh :oops: i shudda listed my assumptions.

      • iamme097 says:

        by the way, if anyone else replies to the thing bout evolution im not responding cuz that would launch into an argument i dont have time to check on/respond to. loll im lucky ^that dude^ didnt start something up

    • geronimo says:

      I want to know who actually has seen a Cameleopard kick the head off a lion, or has tested how much kinetic energy it would take to kick the head off a lion, and who has tested the actual kinetic energy of a Cameleopards kick. It sounds like a lot of conjecture with no proof. Much like other things you choose to believe. I not trying to start something here either. :roll:

      • Capman911 says:

        I found a site that talks about camel behavior and it says that they kick but it doesn’t say how hard.

      • iamme097 says:

        has it ocurred to you that they dont need exact numbers because they know for a fact the giraffe can kick much harder than the minimum amount itd need ot to kick the head off? for instance, i can safely say that i can punch hard enough to break someone’s nose, because the 2 numbers (how hard i would need to punch and ho w hard i can) aren’t even close enough to bother calculating. i suspect this is the case with giraffes. also, due to your comment about “…much like other things you choose to believe” i assume you are referring to my disbelief of evolution and i also assume that you do support it. so let me ask you this: who has ever actually seen someone evolve into something else? nobody… so the argument “whos seen that happen” is kind of a weak one to be honest =/ o snap…i just realized i said i wasn’t gonna respond to any posts =( o well ive typed it all now so may as well put it up.

    • geronimo says:

      HA! made you respond. I don’t believe in evolution either. However, your analogy of punching someones nose, is spurious because millions of noses have been broken by being punched or otherwise hit. So it has been thoroughly tested. NO lions head has ever been knocked off by anything. SOOOOOOO SNAP! :lol:

      • iamme097 says:

        ok first off darn u for making me respond, thats just rude, cuz i cant resist a good argument ;). second, good point about the nose punching, but im not using that as an example for “has anyone seen it” im using it as an example for the “they dont know the numbers” argument. just to make u feel good though, ill make another example (one that i am fairly confident no one has seen/tested. i can no, without doing the calculations, that if i made a little model lion and glued a peach to it as its head, i would be strong enough to punch it off. and i can say that without doin any calculations.

    • geronimo says:

      Ok first off Jamme, I like you and your tenacity. You are determined to be right despite the facts. Yes you can make calculations, but it has to be based on some known facts. Gluing a peach to a model lion is not scientific because you have no idea if the scale model is equal to the full size lion. Someone may know how much energy a giraffe can kick, but without knowing how much it takes to knock the head off a lion then all calculations area a mere guess. Sorry. Just don’t believe everything you read.

      • iamme097 says:

        geronimo, its i-am-me, not Jamme -.-. also, im not even gonna bother talking to u nemore, as u apparently cant understand wat it is im trying o tell u, and secondly i wasnt planning on responding at all in the first place so ya..

      • iamme097 says:

        and by the way (i no i said i wasnt gonna post again but i coudltn resist), i have a phrase id like u to think about: “absence of proof is not proof of absence” just because you havent seen proof that giraffes can kick a lions head off doesnt prove that they cant. so i dont know why you are acting like you have been proven correct…its basically a stalemate until one of us can “prove” our point, and i guarantee you my point can be proven much easier han yours can.

    • geronimo says:

      It is not a stalemate because here is my proof.
      This article says that it can crush a lions skull, but that is a huuuuuuge difference from knocking the head off a lion. The energy to knock the head off a free standing lion would be off the charts. Any giraffe thaqt could do that would be able to leap 30 feet in the air. I win.

  127. stokesjrj1 says:

    IInternet Explorer ™ shows an error on the home page Marina, line 521, char 4, Error: Type mismatch, code: 0, URL:………………………………………………….Doesn,t show with Firefox ™.

    • stokesjrj1 says:

      I meant …….. …………Doesn”t show with Firefox â„¢.

    • mijj says:

      oh .. i think you’re confusing gaffe for giraffe … hahahhahahaa {laffs at own joke}

      hmmmm … plus ..

      (clashing of screching rusty gears …)

      the source says the page is marked up according to XHTML 1.0 Transitional.

      according to [W3C Markup Validation Service] … (which checks the page against it’s standard of html) …
      there are 84 Errors and 27 warnings on that one page.

      However .. it’s normal for the html generating progs to produce errors on the page. It’s only usually the hand made pages that are quinky clean.

      I wanna, as an exersize in clearing cobwebs, see if i can actually spot that one error tho.

  128. seesixcm6 says:

    Dear Marina, You look so beautiful in your nice lavender outfit with black trim. I hope you do better with your videos so that someday, you can afford shoes! :smile: For your homework, sharks apparently don’t sleep because they need to pass water through their gills for oxygen, but they do go through periods of reduced activity. Sperm whales are reported to sleep by floating near the top of the water to breathe, but they only sleep for an hour or teo. The giraffe needs very little sleep, too. Reminds me of a giraffe joke: A cop sees man driving a conertible with a big giraffe sitting in the passenger seat. The cop pulls them over and says, “You better bring tat giraffe to the Zoo right away!” The driver says, “Yes Sir!” and heads for the Zoo. The next day, the cop sees the same convertible with the same driver and that giraffe, so he stops them. “I told you to take that giraffe to the Zoo.” “But officer,” says the driver. “Today, he wants to go to the beach!” :grin:
    Your dear student, seesixcm6

  129. wetsuit5 says:

    Hey now that’s a nice video. :grin:
    I didn’t know that. :cool:

    And love the notion that we are now going to get 2 a day. :wink:
    Yipee :!: :!:

    An animal that doesn’t need too much sleep :?:
    Sorry, it’s not me. I like my sleep. :razz:

    I was thinking fish, but I’ve scared the crap out of some fish at night.
    Wonder is insects sleep, Seems I’ve heard crickets day and night.

    Is it cool on your penthouse floor? :oops:
    And Kobe choosing the cool tiles vs. the carpet. :wink: :wink:
    But what is your giraffe’s name :?:
    I enjoy watching giraffes run, like slow motion and really covering some distance. :roll:

  130. cachumbalaka says:

    Hi Marina. Congratulations, you are hot, intelligent and sweet, three things very difficult to find together in one woman. I just love wen you say HotSforwords, putting an “S” that doesn’t belong there in the middle of your own show’s name. It’s a lovely mistake, it sounds good!. My word request: Procrastination.

  131. chevolay says:

    So glad you did an animal name today, I was just playing a game with my nieces to sharpen their brains for school.
    What’s a ‘pig of the sea’? The kids answer Porpoise.
    What’s a ‘thorn pig’?’ The kids answer Porcupine.
    What’s a ‘ground lion’? Answer is a Chameleon.
    The school gave them this Webster Kid Dictionary with word history on selective words.

  132. julia0503 says:

    Hi, Marina! I have a request for the word “num(b)scull”. Thank you in anticipation.

  133. roonan says:

    Hey Marina :mrgreen:

    I know I’ve been chasing you for days (I’m sorry :shock: ) but I just really want you to make a video for me about the word ‘rucksack’. What is a ‘ruck’ and why is it called a ‘sack’ while it’s a bag? I just don’t get it :P

    Byebye !! :razz:

  134. Rust never sleeps….
    Let sleeping dogs lie…
    Homework: Could it be a fish? :mrgreen:

  135. TrixieRules says:

    Well, I don’t think ants sleep much. Neither do elephants, zebras, and horses. Fish and whales don’t sleep much either.

    • Capman911 says:

      Hey Trixie, I see you did add your web site to your name. :cool: Great, it gives us something else to look at sometimes when it get slow on here. :smile:

      • geronimo says:

        Hey Cap: Glad you liked the pics. I do live in a great place. I don’t know if I even mentioned where this was but we were just 10 miles west of lake Tahoe in what is called the desolation wilderness. There are no roads there, so there are very few people. We had that lake all to ourselves and only saw a couple of other hikers.

        Yes I think Asia is beautiful too. All of my daughters are but she seems to be the most photogenic.

      • geronimo says:

        Oh yeah, I shaved off my mustache one year ago. It was the first time I ever shaved it and everyone but my kids told me to keep it off, so I did.

  136. geronimo says:

    I think fish don’t sleep much, but I don’t know for sure. I haven’t read everyones comments but am I the only one who noticed that when Marina said Cameleopard, it was dubbed in and reused each time she said it. Is that because you had a hard time pronouncing it and once you got it right you just reused it, or is there another reason? Interesting video though, I never knew that.

    • neanderthal says:

      …am I the only one who noticed that when Marina said Cameleopard, it was dubbed in and reused each time she said it.

      I was about to post the same question, but only saw 88 comments so I read away. I am wondering what Marina is saying before the dubbing as it sure doesn’t look like Cameleopard. A little mystery for us to solve!

  137. 100percentjacob says:

    Sharks don’t need much sleep. The opposite would be the cat, which needs 18 hours to sleep.

  138. foxbow15 says:

    I think elephants and horses don’t realy sleep long either.

  139. CaptainJack says:

    Well I don’t know about other animals, but as for myself, I need about 5 to 8 hours. Naps really help. I can do 5 hours and take about an hour nap or so and I’m good to go. But if I’m doing a lot of physical work I’ll need at least 7 hours. Sometimes I’ll sleep 10. More than that and its just too much. My sleep times are weird. I usually can stay up for about an extra hour a day before I get really tired. So the times I go to bed just drag on later and later. Also my brain love to solve problems just as I put my head down on the pillow. I never get any sleep because of that. So I’ll have to drink a beer before I go to bed. Its the only thing that shuts my mind down. :roll: I remember years ago a friend of mine and I stayed up for 72 hours. It was really cool. I started to see animals in the galley. :shock:

  140. samboras4star says:

    I would like to know the origin of the word ‘Pchela’ or ‘Bobr’ ‘

    The Russian words for ‘Bumble Bee’ and ‘Badger’

    • Ooops ! PCHELA means BEE ! And BOBR means BEAVER !
      PCHELA is in fact BCHELA and is akin etymologically to Latin FUCUS and Germanic BI “bee”. These words are today very different because of chronological and geographical separations. But it is certain that the bees were always considered as a fantastic insect.
      BOBR is also akin to BEAVER and Fench BIÈVRE although French uses rather CASTOR today.
      As a rule many important animals have different names in every language as it is the case for the BEAR who is called HONEY EATER (MED’VED’) in Slavic. In French we use the word OURS from Latin URSUS.
      By the way ! The Russian president’s surname is MED’VEDEV which means BEAR :mrgreen:
      PUTIN mean WAY :mrgreen:

  141. roadrunrnch says:

    Anyone ever notice that ignorant people need more sleep.
    Who was it that only took cat naps?. Never slept at night.
    Albert Einstein, Alexander Gramm Bell,??
    Is it being stupid that makes you sleepy?
    Or does being sleepy make you stupid?
    HFW’s must investigate.

    Have you checked your mail lately?
    I just would like to know if Crystal got your address right.
    Did you get the Hotstufforyou.
    If you would rather tell Capman OK.
    He can let me know :roll:
    remember roadrunrnch ?

    • CaptainJack says:

      Interesting question about why some smarter people don’t need as much sleep. I think A.D.D. or H.A.D.D. might have something to do with it on some cases. I don’t think sleeping makes you dumb or smart. Using your brain more often does improve your intelligence. Its kind of like working out with weights. The more you work out the more brain muscle you get, figuratively speaking.

      • roadrunrnch says:

        When I was in school A.D.D. was just called being a B.O.Y
        We don’t have any B.O.Y’s anymore. And even fewer M.E.N.

      • CaptainJack says:

        When I was in school it was called daydreaming / laziness.

        I don’t know what your acronyms mean RRR.

      • Capman911 says:

        Hey Jack hows it going? I like the FireFox you put me on, the add on’s are great so many to choose from. It puts IE7 on the back burner for me. Plus it’s a lot faster when refreshing the page. I was curious about Safari because when Quick time wants to do an upgrade it will try to ad Safari.

      • CaptainJack says:

        Been very busy Mike. My class has some hiccups. Im glad your helping out. Nice to have a second TA to help. :)

        Yea that’s Apple trying to push Safari. MS and Apple do that because people are very lazy and you really have to push your product to make people move on making a decision to install a new product. Sheeple I say, Its like herding sheep. :grin:

      • roadrunrnch says:

        ADD? Attention-Deficit Disorder, a development disorder that impairs one’s ability to sustain focus.
        ADHD; Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder,

        BOY ; a lot of energy and no direction
        MAN; No direction and no energy.

      • roadrunrnch says:

        are you asking about RRR?
        It’s the name of my little horse ranch

      • CaptainJack says:


        When I was in school A.D.D. was just called being a B.O.Y
        We don’t have any B.O.Y’s anymore. And even fewer M.E.N.

        Im very familiar with A.D.D.& LD because I have had it. I never had H.A.D.D.(hyper attention deficit disorder, note: this acronym is no longer used. My mistake for using it. :oops: ). Your B.O.Y. & M.A.N. is was what I was confused with and still am. I consider myself having great direction in my life and a fair amount of energy. :mrgreen: It appears your school was confused of what B.O.Y. & M.A.N. acronym are, and that they are not remotely related to ADD & ADHD. Who is ‘we’ and why don’t you have any more boys? Is there a problem with the X chromosome where they live? Why is their a shortage of men? :neutral:

    • Capman911 says:

      RRR why didn’t you put the “a” in ranch when you filled in you name? It would look much better and easier for us to figure out.

  142. kez says:

    I’d like to know what the difference between Linguistic and Philologie is and where the word linguistic comes from, since it’s language and not linguage.

    Greets Kez

    p.s. I just saw the lesson about what philologie means (the first one – lol) so I hope no one asked so far.

    • aLx says:


      linguistics is the “technical” stuff. structures, systems. very formal.
      philology is more humanistic oriented. studies of literature and authors, also historic stuff, and a little bit of linguistics.
      linguistics doesn’t care much about history and it doesn’t care at all about literature, its trying to describe (!) language systems, distributions of languages, also, theories about language production, how the brain handles language and so forth. it’s all about structures.

  143. iamme097 says:

    well, aside from “Sleep” as buzz described it (turning off one brain hemisphere at a time) i don’t think fish sleep at all.

  144. buzzword says:

    depends on what you mean by sleep. many animals sleep by placing one brain hemisphere to sleep at a time. allowing them to be semi-conscious and more alert. there are other variations to sleep patterns as well. interesting questions.

  145. jamiec2008 says:

    Hii Marina i have a word. Why do people say “Quite Frankly” when explaining something?


  146. truebean says:

    Hi Marina,

    Excellent work and esp. your confidence use of the details that make the site so personable.

    Anyway, I know that you like big words and you mentioned the ones you thought were some of the biggest; nice.

    Here’s the one I know: pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovocanoconiosis
    it is listed as the longest in the OED.


  147. bill-gates says:

    hey!!, can you make a video explaining the word “syncronization” as there are multiple sayings of the word like “synching”, “sync” and “synch”.
    Also, seeing the video of “big words” can you make a video of you saying perhaps the world’s longest english word at multiple speeds.
    the word (over 1000 letters) is a chemical term at

    If you know the longest word, please make a video explaining that word and of you saying that word.
    Hope it works out
    take care

  148. logbase9ofpie says:

    can you do navel? bellies, fruit and war, I don’t get it.

  149. orckiller8658 says:

    i have a request for the word

  150. bristolbabex says:

    Can you find the meaning of the word ‘fortnight’ (as in 2 weeks) ty

  151. pedantickarl says:

    Excellent lesson! Audio is encoded with L&R channels. Yeah!
    Homework: sharks

  152. circa sama says:

    Yes! The teacher’s pet section is back. Marina at her most beautiful.

    • 100percentjacob says:

      Ugh! You beat me! I was continually updating it on my iPod and then Safari crashed! Congratulations! :mrgreen:

    • Capman911 says:

      Is safari better than Fire Fox?

      • 100percentjacob says:

        It depends. IE is the best in my opinion.

      • aLx says:

        well, depends on what you’re looking for in a browser, i guess. works fine for me. just try using it for a while, if you don’t like it, just switch back to ff.

      • iamme097 says:

        safari is more vulnerable to viruses…

        (got that bit of info from a consumers report magazine article bout online identity theft)

      • Capman911 says:

        Thanks everyone for the info.

      • CaptainJack says:

        On my Mac I used FireFox. I like the ability to add plugins. Also many website are designed for Mozilla or IE. I do have Safari and IE for back up. Some sites are slaves to MS and you have no choice but to use IE. :mad: Also some sites like Gmail display more functions with FF than with Safari. Damn I hate it when there are competing standards. :mad:

      • roadrunrnch says:

        Boy Capman your becoming a real computer Geek.
        More speed , more speed……!
        These damn computers get under your skin.
        Never too old to learn a new dance …right.
        Are brains can still get it keep up :lol:
        And smart is sexy

      • roadrunrnch says:

        hit-S…….. R brains can still get it keep up
        And smart is sexy :lol:

      • CaptainJack says:

        Don’t trust consumer reports magazine 100%. :shock: Its been proven they are not always correct. Many times I have found their research is flawed. :sad: I know home theater system very well and found out they failed to properly list specifications on home electronics and failed to us common sense in operation of the devices. That said, I still think they are the best magazine for products reviews. I just wish they would audit themselves for accuracy more.
        As for virus goes. Its the most popular browsers that get hit with viruses and security leaks more than others. Even IE at one time had less security flaws than FireFox. Just think about this for one moment. If you wanted to write a virus, which browser or Operating system would you write it for. Well that should be obviously. You would try for the most popular in most cases. Last I heard that Opera was the most secure. Well I don’t know anyone using Opera. I think right now they are the most secure at this time.

      • Hitman says:

        FIrefox is better, it has complements for the Ogame :shock:

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