Handkerchief.. what is a kerchief?


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  1. hutchiee says:

    The concept of vacating my body of mucus then keeping it in my pocket is just a little gross. Handkerchiefs predate disposable tissues (avoiding brand-names) so as technology moves on, so should we.

  2. kaibanator says:

    Merry Xmas to all :)

    This video about the handkerchief reminded me of a clip from the scifi/comedy tv series called Red Dwarf. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KYT7Pk04t9g#t=7m34s (half minute clip about blowing your nose) :razz:

  3. pandion says:

    I do not use a handkerchief. I’ll keep a box of tissue handy when I need too.

  4. thoughtforwords says:

    hm snot pockets to not sound appealing

  5. thoughtforwords says:

    very interesting.

  6. annuddermale says:

    i used to carry a handkerchief all the time for cleaning my glasses, until i finally i had had enough of the scratches they left on the lenses… :???:

    i seldom used them for blowing my nose – like you, Marina, it seemed odd to use it and fold the dang thing back to put in my pocket…

    ‘sides – i often forgot it was there – nothing like knowing a handkerchief can’t get clean while folded up in your pants pocket and wanting to wash both the pants & handkerchief again… :cool:

  7. sparkyinseattle says:

    Word request up…. Moxy.


  8. shiljak says:

    matty, it comes from man :D

  9. matty says:

    hey, where did the word ‘Cock’ come from, origianly known as Penis.

  10. shiljak says:

    Hii hotforwords,

    If you can help me with word “Disturbia”. I can’t find this word with translator :grin:

    p.s. can I get kiss? :mrgreen:

  11. lostinhere says:

    I don’t use a handkerchief. I carry a small package of kleenex with me.

  12. press_z_twice says:


    Evening Marina. I was looking through the words that have already been done, and I noticed you haven’t done Rock ‘n Roll yet. Trying to think and I can’t understand why a genre of music would be named after a piece of granite. :roll:

    Thanks Marina!

  13. fatbuffalo says:

    better use handkerchiefs than tissue papers . Think of the poor tree that died so that you can wipe your snot . And toilet papers …..

  14. blueskies13 says:

    i do not use one i useually sneeze down wind when outside and if i need to blow my nose i just make a snot rocket wipe my nose with my hand then wipe my hand on my pants unless i am dressed up to go out or i am inside then no snot rockets WHO CAME UP WITH THE SAYING SNOT ROCKET

  15. resol29 says:

    When I need to blow my nose I use the shirt of whoever is closest to me.

  16. stikdude1 says:

    i wanna know the origin of seduce…. plz do video ^_^..

    thnx marina. ur the greatest…^_^_^_^

    andz1050 on youtube, stikdude1 on ur website

  17. Evan Owen says:

    TheRealAQ on YouTube reports that “handkerchief” has entered Japanese as ハンカチー (hankachii).

  18. chickenh0use says:

    The problem with a handkerchief is when you have to do your laundry, Trying to pull it a part and get it unstuck to get it flat again so you could get spay and wash on it is a real challenge. Snot seems to work better than any crazy glue on the market. And since I don’t have a wife to do my laundry like most men, I
    have given up on the use of the handkerchief!

  19. bookworm says:

    Mistletoe ;

    just a request please to learn what is it’s origin,

    and if it’s meaning has always been the same.

    Happy Holidays Marina

  20. counselor says:

    How did we get from the verb “give” or “giving” to “gift” or “gifting” as a verb?

  21. jonpoc says:

    :!: REQUEST! :!:

    May i request the origins of the word, Holiday.

    Sincerely Jon [P.O.C.]

  22. tricovictus says:

    I do not use handkerchief now but on my childhood i did, as somebody is saying, the handkerchief has many useful uses for all occasion. Be good my dear teacher

  23. animalntaz says:

    I always use a tissue instead of a handkerchief.

  24. gaoual says:

    Gentlemen should always carry a handkerchief. They’re useful for many things other than blowing one’s nose.

  25. steveforbertfan says:

    Never use a handkerchief. You blow your nose in it, its wet and snotty and germy!

    Tissues, please!

  26. fredjr says:

    Thank you.
    Anyone who has a playlist of Ol Put Puts is okay!

  27. Evan Owen says:

    Доброй утро Марина!

    Speaking of fathers, mine had a recording of the Don Cossack Chorus. So as your good-morning gift, here is one of the songs from that album:


    Your obsessive student,
    Иван Евгенийвич aka Evan Owen

  28. CaptainJack says:

    Ok! Everyone fess up! Do you use Toilet Paper to blow your nose?

  29. Che Volay says:


  30. leonard says:

    Story time…once when working a load in at a rock concert…the main man needed to borrow kleenex(eponym)…I always carry snot rag…anyway, I gave him my kleenex and he used it for his butt because of the milk stuff in his nose candy :lol:

  31. eric812 says:

    hello marina,hows it going? when i went to church when i was younger i used to say this funny Confucius quote to my sister……Confucius says “man who farts in church sits in his own pew”i was a lil kid at the time.

    why would they call something in church thats also a word that describes something that stinks? can you investigate?

  32. dougmac says:

    Well I carry two handkerchief – one for show and one for blow. But you have to be careful that you don’t hand the lady the snot rag when she breaks out in tears.

  33. davidaugustinho says:

    The only reason for a gentleman to carry a handkerchief is to pass along to a lady should she break out in tears.

  34. cufan71 says:

    The Three Little Pigs :grin:
    Three Little Pigs went out to dinner one night. The waiter came and took their drink order.
    ‘I would like a Sprite,’ said the first little piggy.
    ‘I would like a Coke,’ said the second little piggy.
    ‘I want beer, lots and lots of beer,’ said the third little piggy..
    The drinks were brought out and the waiter took their orders for dinner.
    ‘I want a nice big steak,’ said the first piggy.
    ‘I would like the salad plate,’ said the second piggy.
    ‘I want beer, lots and lots of beer,’ said the third little piggy..
    The meals were brought out and a while later the waiter approached the table and asked if the piggies would like any dessert.
    ‘I want a banana split,’ said the first piggy.
    ‘I want a cheesecake,’ said the second piggy.
    ‘I want beer, lots and lots of beer,’ exclaimed the third little piggy.
    ‘Pardon me for asking,’ said the waiter to the third little piggy,’
    But why have you only ordered beer all evening?’
    The third piggy says –
    ‘Well, somebody has to go ‘Wee, wee, wee, all the way home! :mrgreen:

  35. cufan71 says:

    Here’s a couple of Christmas songs for my fellow Southern classmates! :cool:
    Hope the rest of y’all enjoy them too! :cool:

  36. bobsully says:

    I do not use a handkerchief. But a little secret between you and me, I always use toilet paper, I even keep a roll in my desk at work. I don’t carry a roll around with me, but then again I don’t sneeze all that often.

    My father however did as yours, and always blew and then put it back in his pocket. Gross!!! :lol:

    There you have it.

  37. nyroadrage says:

    Hey Marina

    I can’t wait until January 1st so I can hang the new calendar up on the wall. I guess it’s “better luck next year” on getting a signed copy.

    I was trying to find somewhere else besides here in the open to let you know this, but no luck. I found a typo on one of your date entries (Yes I actually read all the entries instead of just staring at the pictures lol)

    Keep up with the great lessons, Marina

    • Tazman says:

      Same here. :mrgreen:
      But I was so sad I didn’t get a signed one for my calendar collection. :cry:
      Yet the tears dried up just from knowing Teacher is here by my desk. :grin:

  38. moerschj says:

    Yes, Marina, I use a cloth hand kerchief. Kleenex aren’t strong enough. I keep my hand kerchief in my back left pocket, not in my coat.


  39. CaptainJack says:

    Homework: Nope. Not anymore. I used to buy some nice ones but hate having to wash them. I don’t even use boxed tissues. Ok this might gross some of you out, but I use…. TP! Yep. :shock: I sometime keep a roll near my desk. It’s simple and I hardly ever run out. Weird? Well maybe, but thats me.

  40. fatman_j says:

    Hey there hotforwords! Im a newbie here, but i’ve seen all your videos !!! Now i have request, can you tell me what the word Noob (n00b in game-terms) means ? If you could investigate, i would be very thankful !!
    Thank you !


    PS. I use a handkerchief ;)

  41. wyo550 says:

    Merry Christmas to everyone working on H4W.
    It doesn’t matter that this site is ranked (whatever) in views. What matters is that a warm, happy and genuine human being, Marina, has successfully shared her creativity and knowledge with so many people…with the help of a good team of friends…and the result is a caring product of communications that is so sincere, even little Gorby is of concern to total strangers. Happiness and love and a Fine 09 for all of us!
    I’m in Phoenix and it’s WARMER THAN WYOMING!

  42. thecarhole says:


    My name is Andrew Lynch, and I was wondering if the term “Lynching” has anything to do with my families history, or if the two are unrelated. Thanks!

  43. CaptainJack says:

    Am I the only one here that can’t get the HD button to work anymore? :neutral:

    • John says:

      I think she changed it all back to hq which looks great

    • CaptainJack says:

      It seems I can’t play HD on YouTube anymore. Grrrrr. I’m wasting time on these upgrades that don’t work. :evil:

      • CaptainJack says:

        Ok I fixed my HD problem on my computer. It was the flash player plugin. Apple’s update only brought me up to flash ver 9.0.r47 Which worked well for the first time Marina requested everyone to update. Then something changed months later and I had to do a second update. I went to Adobes site and had to download the plugin ver 9.0.r151 It’s odd that Apple didn’t have a current version of this plugin on their auto updater. Im now a happy camper… :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  44. lcl4 says:

    Handkerchief? A piece of exquisite fine linen or cotton every gentleman carries for the exclusive purpose of assisting a damsel (such as Marina) in distress.

    To use such item to wipe sweat, sneeze in or blow ones nose in and subsequently offer it to said damsel to gently blot a tear or repair her makeup can only be classified as barbaric and a insult punishable by death.

    Enlightened gentlemen often carry two, one in rear pants pocket for his use and one in breast pocket of jacket for Marina … um … damsel in distress. :mrgreen:

  45. chopchop908 says:

    hey marina, i asked u if u could do the origin of the word dumb and u said ok so heres the link of the video!

  46. Fianchetto says:


    Word request: Lipogram as Popzzz and I have done [HERE]; Mine being a challenge to others, and Popzzz rising to that challenge. I know mine is not the longest, but they are both our original works. Further, I present the same challenge for yourself, Marina, as well as anyone who would make an attempt. :grin:

  47. beautifulnightmare100 says:

    I’d like to know about the word bipolar, please and thank you. :grin:

    • CaptainJack says:

      Pertaining to what?
      1. Relating to or having two poles or charges.
      2. Relating to a semiconductor device, such as a transistor, that exploits the electrical characteristics of contact between two substances, one with an inherent positive charge, the other with an inherent negative charge.
      3. Relating to or involving both of the Earth’s polar regions.
      4. Relating to a neuron that has two processes or extremities.
      5. Relating to bipolar disorder.

  48. nathan19 says:

    Hey Marina,

    No, I do not use a handkerchief. Like the Native Americans, I’m completely baffled by the logic [or lack thereof] of blowing your nose into a piece of cloth that you keep in your pocket. If I have to sneeze, I just walk a short distance away from people and sneeze away from anyone or anything upon which you shouldn’t sneeze. And on the rare occassions I have a cold, I carry tissues with me.

    I know Dezdkado was being facetious*, but when you read that supposedly-Confucian quote, I had a funny image in my head of Kong-Zi wandering around China when one of his disciples sneezes into his hand. Then Kong-Zi laughs and says “The man who sneezes without a handkerchief takes matters into his own hands,” to which the disciple replies, “Um, Master…do you really want me to put that one down in the Analects?” Kong-Zi answers saying, “No, you idiot, I was making a joke. Sheesh, a Zhunzi you’re not…”

    *By the way, the origin of “facetious” would probably make an interesting lesson.

  49. Tazman says:

    I have a word request… and it is


    Thanks Teacher. :smile:

  50. Evan Owen says:

    Hello HFW fans,
    OK, at the risk of seeming totally obsessive, I MUST redeem my honor with this excerpt of a speech I wrote in 1994 about the history of English, when Marina was 13:

    Immigrant Threads in the Fabric of English

    … With Anglo-Saxon and Norman French forming the warp and weft of its fabric, English has been embroidered by borrowings from many other languages. Latin, once the language of learning, has ironically given us “et cetera” and “miscellaneous”, useful words which spare us a considerable amount of needless thought. For the names of hard sciences, Arabic has contributed “algebra” and “chemistry”. Greek has provided the names of human sciences such as “anthropology” and “psychology”, and like Archimedes, we might shriek the Greek “eureka!” on having a sudden insight. The German “gesundheit” is familiar to anyone who has sneezed in America. Voices can “crescendo” in volume, even if they are not singing in Italian. We’ve borrowed “machismo” from Spanish, since it describes arrogant masculinity better than any word in English. Irish Gaelic gave us “slogan,” “blarney,” and “whiskey,” three words indispensable in the vocabulary of American politics. The west Africans’ “OK” has become the American word for “alright”, and their “jazz”, meaning lively, describes the music invented by their American descendants. First Americans donated the names of new-world animals and plants such as skunks, chipmunks, and squash; the Aztecs in particular served us such tasty morsels as tomato, avocado, and chocolate. (Talk about mixed metaphor: now we’ve spilled food on our fabric.) Yiddish schlemiels, gung-ho Chinese, and Polynesians with their taboos, have added other colorful threads to the tapestry of English.

    There are those who decry the influx of immigrants and their impact on our society, and alarmists warn that even the primacy of English in our country is threatened. But analysis of our language reveals that this is old news, that English is a language created by immigrants, and the words we speak echo the mingling of peoples in our past. Indeed, if it were not for foreign influences on our language — Anglo-Saxon, French, Latin, Greek, Oriental — such thoughts about immigrants would be utterly unpresentable, for there would be no English words in which to dress them! :cool:

  51. barsik says:

    Marina, could you please investigate word Russia (country), and tell us where the name comes from, thanks.

  52. originalistrick says:

    Marina, I couldn’t believe it when you asked about using a handkerchief. I’ve always considered that to be utterly disgusting (and I’m not easily disgusted).I laughed my fanny off. I once asked my dad why that practice wasn’t considered really nasty when I was a little kid.

  53. daggerx8 says:

    I’ve been really curious lately on the origin of the word Bass as in bass guitar not the fish. What i dont understand is that the Bass is a low pitch instrument, and it really isnt heard, but why is it called “bass” guitar and not something else like Deep guitar; something that represents its tone. Do you think you can help me out HotForWords? :mrgreen:

  54. melanie_turner says:

    Hi Marina

    Your videos are awesome. I’ve always been really curious as to the origin of the word ‘pillory’. I remember my teacher saying that it was some sort of punishment, but i’m really not sure and i’d love to know the etymology. It would be absolutely awesome if you could explain the meaning of ‘pillory’ in one of your videos. Thanks so much for making such an awesome site for people who love learning about the history of words.


  55. awm13689 says:

    I am reallly puzzled on the word “scarf” people use it in context as “i’m wearing a scarf” or you may hear people say I scarfed down all that food tonight.” I was hoping you could help find the origin.

    • Bob says:

      They’re not the same word, awm13689.
      You can wear a scarf, or you can lengthen a piece of material or wood by scarfing or making a scarf joint, but when you are eating rapidly or greedily you are scoffing your food.
      Scoff also means to speak mockingly or dismissively, to ridicule, to jeer; I’m not scoffing at your request, in fact I also request the word scoff, which I believe has an interesting origin and an un-suspected meaning.
      Word request Scoff.

  56. ilikesexytime says:


  57. jasmetcalf says:

    not trying to be crass here but have sat in on discussions and have often wondered how did the term “fuck” come to mean intercourse.

    i’m sure many of your viewers have same question.

    have fun and be good or do at least one of the two :)

  58. Evan Owen says:

    Hi Marina,
    You’re lucky your dad just put the handkerchief back in his pocket. On hot days, my dad would wipe the sweat from his brow with it…AFTER blowing his nose!
    :-p Oh well — we loved him anyway. :smile:

  59. Evan Owen says:

    Greetings, HFW fans,
    Wouldn’t you know it — all the times I try to be erudite, and Marina quotes me when I’m being a goofball. :evil: Which, er, I suppose is at least half the time… :oops:

  60. greatestpotential says:

    :twisted: For me it’s leather gloves. Stings that way.

  61. Hmmm, very strange.
    A man blows his nose on his handkerchief, puts it back in his suit pocket, and then pulls it out to hit his opponent in the face…
    no wonder they duel with pistols. Being hit in the face with a handkerchief full of buggers… :twisted:

  62. samuel3d says:

    No, I don’t use a Handkerchief I use my shirt :lol: just kidding I use a Tissue. :wink:

  63. jmcargal says:

    I agree with Marina. It is odd to blow your nose into a handkerchief and then pocket the handkerchief. I keep a couple of paper tissues in my back pocket should I need to blow my nose. I find it useful to have a handkerchief for other purposes such as wiping glasses.

  64. John says:

    Marina, I have used a handkerchief when I was kinda dressed up, mom use to make me carry one on occasion, but for the most part about once every couple of years I might carry and use a handkerchief. Now i would have to go and buy a few If was to start dressing in a fashion in which it would be almost a required accessory.

    Do use a handkerchief? What are you suppose to do with a handkerchief after blowing you nose upon, throw it on the ground, I don’t think that would be quite proper. For everyday use if a person is squeamish about the use of a handkerchief, carry some tissue paper and the handkerchief can just be ceremonial.

  65. jefferyies says:

    :wink: The word I am curious about is Christmas.

  66. Capman911 says:

    Hey folks, been to an oyster roast these last couple of days where we had steamed oysters, steamed shrimp, corn on the cob, cole slaw, baked potato, smores to finish for desert and one my favorites, a fifth of Jim Beam. Glad to be back here tonight. I will ketch up on the last two videos and sneeze on your comments. :wink:
    @ Page Doll I commented earlier, but that was a cool poem you wrote about Miss Santa Marnia. :mrgreen:
    @ Marina congratz on getting more world wide coverage about you and your wonderful talent and what you are achieving. See you guys in the morning. To much grog and not enough sleep this weekend has done me in early tonight. :grin:

    • Capman911 says:

      Homework: I almost forgot that. No I don’t carry a hanky. I use the redneck method. :twisted: No it’s not my sleeve either. Ha Ha

    • geronimo says:

      Hey Cap: That sounds like fun! Did you see my S. Cal pics? The surfing was awesome! So were the sunsets as you will be able to see. Sounds like everything is going good with you. Good to hear it.

  67. fullysick113 says:

    I would like to know why people sometimes call girls chicks? eg: Hot chicks.

  68. rhodesr says:

    In this holiday season, sometimes I feel good, sometimes not good. Can you find me the origin of the word “HUMBUG”? Thanks!

  69. tjhbob says:

    Yes, I use a handkerchief when I remember to put one in my pocket or when I can find one after remembering. At least that way I don’t have to look for a facial tissue or equivalent when I feel a sneeze about to happen.

  70. gilp81 says:

    I have a few tattoos and it got me thinking. how did that word come to mean drawing into your skin. please could you investigate :razz: :razz:

  71. john_holton says:

    I have never carried a handkerchief. I do, however, carry one of those personal-sized pouches of tissue. Much more sanitary that way, because I can toss the used tissue in the trash or flush it down the toilet.

    I was watching the appearance you did with Bill O’Reilly. He certainly seems to have a crush on you (as do most of us who follow your site). Which brings me to my question: Where does the term “crush” come from?

  72. tsxking says:

    Marina I’m curious. How did the word sinecure origin?

  73. grim1322 says:

    I was thinking photosynthesis would be a fun and interesting word to investigate.


  74. greatestpotential says:

    :shock: I think my nose has a brain of it’s own. For whatever reason it doesn’t seem to mind being blown.

  75. Dezdkado says:

    Homework: I used handkerchiefs before I joined the military, but these were largely for show, when wearing a suit, or to give to a lady in need. My grandfathers used kerchiefs all the time, but in farming and ranch work, they were used to mop sweat, not catch “nose maggots”. I was taught to execute a “farmer blow” or a “boxer’s blow”, which doesn’t require a handkerchief… unless you mess it up. In the military, handkerchiefs were not considered to be in keeping with proper military bearing. Marines are not to use kerchiefs or umbrellas, among other things, while in uniform.

    Thank you, oh honorable teacher (Marina), for the honorable mention of your dutiful student.

  76. orion_ss1 says:

    Many below have extolled the virtues of disposable kleenex over the handkerchief and I cannot disagree with the reasons. Given my druthers I’d rather use kleenex and done. Someone mentioned NOT leaving DNA behind; after 20 years in the Navy I think they know who I am. But, when I actually need to blow my nose ALOT I can never carry enough kleenex, and so I always carry a handkerchief or two. And a having a clean one for wiping my glasses is always handy.

  77. intelligence101 says:

    hi marina i was wondering if u could find the origin of the word “Orgasm or Orgasmic” thanx

  78. platin3 says:

    hi marina i was wondering if u could find the origin of the word “superstition” thanx

  79. No, I do not use a handkerchief… when no one is looking, I lift my leg up to my nose and blow it onto the top of my sock. :shock:

    • CampKohler - Sacramento CA says:

      I thought only the Rockettes had the skill to do that. :grin:

      • While sitting in a chair, put your right foot up on top of your left knee. Lean your head down towards your left foot as you stretch the top of your sock up to your nose… now blow your nose!… then quickly fold clean part down over top. Tadaa! :lol:

        I wrote Martha Stewart Living magazine to tell her about this helpful hint… still waiting for a reply. :shock:

    • Marina says:

      That’s funny! Reminds me of my grandfather saying never to stick anything in my ear other than my elbow.. or something like that!

      • CampKohler - Sacramento CA says:

        Americans use that saying, too. Maybe it’s worldwide.

      • John says:

        I think the proper saying is “don’t stick anything in your ear smaller then your elbow” :smile: :smile:

      • tjhbob says:

        Actually that saying started, “Never stick anything smaller than your elbow in your ear.” The first thought being how does one get their elbow anywhere near enough to your own ear to insert it, the second thought being you cannot stick anything as big as your elbow in your ear anyway.. Enough said.

      • John says:

        Yes thats the whole point, don’t stick anything in your ear, eardrums can be punctured by small objects quite easily. I punctured my dads eardrum with a bobby pin when i was cleaning them for him and didn’t realize it until he told me it happened so quickly and easily.

  80. leonard says:

    Happy Winter everyone and be good, hiber-nation :cry:

  81. BillyB says:

    Be glad that Dad had a handkerchief to use :roll:

  82. cool4words says:

    Hi Marina, I would like to request the word “shag” as in to have sex, in the British informal. I am Michael, from England.

    Have a nice day Marina.

  83. cufan71 says:

    Homework :cool:
    I don’t use a handkerchief. I use napkins and paper towels. :smile:

  84. pagedoll says:

    A HotForWords Christmas

    Twas the night before Christmas in the HotForWords house
    Not a creature was stiring, not even Gorbys new mouse.
    The comments were all hung in thier threads with great care
    Hoping teachers reply, soon would be there.

    The students were drowsy, all snug in their beds
    While visions of first comment danced in their heads.
    And Skip in his bed, and I in my cap,
    had almost logged off for a long winters nap.

    When out from my phone there arose such a clatter,
    I sprang for my crackberry to see what was the matter.
    Away to the laptop I flew like a flash, tore open the cover,
    and hit refresh with a bash.

    With the screen so bright, aglow in the dark,
    Skip got scared and let out a bark.
    When what on my computer screen did appear,
    but a holiday message from Marina with cheer.

    With a wonderful smile, so smart and so bright
    I knew in a momment it had come from Marinas cool site.
    More rapid than 3G, her helpers they came,
    and she whispered and smiled and called them by name:

    “Now Capman! Now Jack!
    Now, James and Anud!
    On, Karl! On, ChaCha!
    On, BillyB and Bob!
    From the decks of the yachts!
    From the car in the stall!
    Now type away!
    Type away! Type away all!”

    And then, in a F5, I heard on the street
    the tipping and toein’ of cute little feet.
    As I foucused my ears, listened and stopped,
    through the front door, teacher appeared with a hop.

    She was dressed in all white with glitter of blue,
    I fell back off my seat, this couldn’t be true.
    A bundle of calenders she had hung on her side.
    Guarded by Gorby, along for the ride.

    Her eyes so blue, how softly they twinkled
    Her cheeks so high and not even a wrinkle.
    The smile on her face drawn up like a bow.
    And locks of blonde hair with a fabulous glow.
    The stump of a pencil she held tight in her teeth,
    and her hair was styled in the shape of a wreath.
    She had a cute glowing face and a flat little belly,
    that tightened when she laughed unlike a bowl full of jelly.

    She spoke not a word, but went straight to her Mac,
    edit and uploaded, the lessons were stacked.
    And closing one eye to give a slight wink,
    she turned with a blur and was gone in a blink.

    She sprang to her car, to Gorby she whistled
    and away they both flew, down the street like a missile.
    But I heard her exclaim, as she drove into the night,


  85. nespriv says:

    Hi :)
    I would like to request the word “Hip-Hop”
    Why Hip-Hop is called Hip-Hop ??
    I can’t w8 new lesson.

  86. smokey36bear says:

    Yuck No way!! Blow your nose then put the snotrag back in your pocket. NO not for me

  87. spanishwhiz12293 says:

    hey marina, with the holidays upon us, I was wondering what the origins of the word retail are? The prefix re- often signifies “to do again” which confuses me most. Could you enlighten me with your beauty and knowledge?”

  88. runawayscott says:

    I use one all the time. I carry one for myself which some people mistake for a do rag and think I’m in a gang. I also occassionaly cary a spare in case I bump into some young landy who needs one and I can look like the perfect gentleman :razz:

  89. seesixcm6 says:

    Dear совершенная Marina, I always have a handkerchief when I wear a suit for business meetings or for formal social events. It looks very bad if you pull out a paper tissue, instead! Like your father, if I use my handkerchief, I put back in a pocket so I can wash it, later. Did you expect me to throw it away? :?:
    One time, I loaned my handkerchief to my date, because she needed it after coming in from cold weather. She really cleared her sinuses! So I wouldn’t get sick, I told her she could keep it and she put it in her purse. :oops: (Now, I think women should keep their own handkerchiefs in their purse. They seem to have room.)
    I think it’s cheaper to use handkerchiefs and wash them with the laundry than to use disposable Kleenex tissue. Handkerchiefs are softer and more durable than Kleenex. Just my preference. :smile:
    Your dear student, seesixcm6

  90. Homework: I am from the old school.
    I carry two (always have a clean one),
    you never know when a lady might
    need to borrow one. :mrgreen:
    Good to see Evan & Dez getting some
    face time – Congrats, fellas :cool:

  91. nonso1990 says:

    I’d like to request the word “stethoscope.”


  92. penthilman says:

    i would like to request the word “vlogger”

    thank you,

  93. timabad says:

    Hi! :grin:

    I would like to request the word “government”.

    Thank you,
    -Tim Abad

  94. Tazman says:

    Not for BLOWING just for showing,when I where suits.
    Some I just keep to wipe my forehead when I’m out dancing.

  95. Chemikal says:

    <—- feeling jolly! :mrgreen:

  96. mythman says:

    Dear Dr. Orlova, I just finished my extra-credit on the word “romance” to find that it comes from the the word for “wake.” (I would’ve posted this comment on your ‘romance’-entry; but I wanted to tell you, and your ‘contact’-page says the best way to contact you is to leave a comment on the latest entry.)

    About ‘handkerchief’; yes, I use one to cover my throat-scar (although I think it’s called a ‘neckerchief’ then) and to catch any food my mouth misses … AND NOTHING ELSE.


  97. kmuggee says:

    Hi Marina,
    I was wondering if you could do a video explaining the origin of the word, “goosebumps”

    thank you
    & happy holidays!

  98. Bob says:

    I always carry two handkerchiefs in my pockets, one for wiping specks from my spectacles and one to prevent my keys from wearing holes in my pocket.
    If I have a cold I use Kleenex.
    I knew that kerchief was a head cover and used the word in that sense in the word-game forum before the video came on line – psychic again. :smile:

  99. neuroway says:

    Handkerchief.. Interesting word.. It is related to magic too, as a magician without a handkerchief is not a magician.

    Could it be related to veil? I instantly connect the two words because I love belly dancers. Especially veiled ones. And it reminds me of a beautiful poetess, Wallada Bint Al Mustakfi, who was so proud of her beauty that she refused to wear the veil when she went out in public. Unfortunately, only 9 of Wallada’s poems survived through ages, and 5 of them are satirical and caustic stuff.

  100. CampKohler - Sacramento CA says:

    Hey, Marina. As a Christmas present to all of us fans, how about installing a plugin that does the following: On the thumbnail, if you pass the cursor’s hand icon over designated areas of the the photo, a little voice says, “Oooooh! That tickles.” And then a counter, visible in the corner, displays the number of times you have been “tickled” in this lesson. A Number of Tickles counter below the Video Views on YT counter is incremented at the end of each lesson with the total from the lesson. The user has to find where on you the tickle occurs, so you control and change where the tickly bits are located for each lesson.

    Let’s say you are holding Gorby in the thumbnail. If the cursor is passed over him, “Woof!” could be played. Maybe the short audio could be downloaded with the page so that no server traffic is required except for the “tickle report,” which is made only on the first tickle. I haven’t heard of anyone else is doing an interactive counter like this (outside of guest books and hit counters, say). Why, you could become famous! :lol:

  101. fredjr says:

    Yep, used a handkerchief. Better in one’s pocket than in one’s head.
    Now I Carry and use bandannas (two). Handy things for more than blowing the nose.

  102. wetsuit5 says:

    1 in my jeans 2 in my parka another on my dash.
    Excellent muffler for the kaboom sneezer.

    AH CHEW!!!!!

  103. stephen80 says:

    People like to flame online but the fights only become “Quagmire”s that suck and waste energy and time… What is the etymology of ‘quagmire’? French?

  104. superdanilchik says:

    Дорогая Мариночка,просто у меня нет слов.. ты не можешь представить как я рад получить твой ответ :grin: в первом взгляду я даже своим глазам не верил :shock:

    И конечно спасибо тебе огромное за великолепную открытку и почему нет, как только бываешь в Париже, давай можно вместе спросить владельцев самого старинного bistro в мире!!! Но если Ñ‚Ñ‹ не можешь дальше ожидать, я сам спрошу и дам тебе знать…. :cool:

    • Evan Owen says:

      Remember Marina has 140,000 subscribers and is very busy. It is very difficult for her to answer everyone. Be patient…and it IS wonderful when you do get an answer from her. :grin:

      • superdanilchik says:

        Evan,maybe even if you have a good comprehension of the Russian language, i was maybe misunderstood…i do not have any particular claim since i know pretty well how busy she is,i can even wait for one year and maybe more.

        C наступающими праздниками :!: :grin:

  105. bigbhd95 says:

    :arrow: ****HOMEWORK**** in the old days ( 50′s-60′s & 70′s) my Mom made
    sure i had a clean Hanky with me at all times :lol: even if I didnt or forgot to use it
    :oops: But over the last 40 or so years I have had disposable tissues at my diposal (HUH :?: ) or at hand :?: :?: seems like a more sanitary :idea: B.B.

  106. leonard says:

    The video “CNN of Russia” is working supreme and faultless. Interesting nation. I hope this is not unfathomable as writ. It was annoying in its mechanical receation and now it s not. thank you

  107. izzyinsane says:

    I’d like to request the meanings and origins of the word
    and also maybe

  108. CampKohler - Sacramento CA says:

    No handkerchief. I just grab the coatsleeve of a passerby. It’s a real icebreaker. :grin:

    Well, now we have seen what M will look like as a bubushka. Woo, woo!

  109. elahie says:

    no i dont lol, and if i did i would never blow my nose with it… :mrgreen:

  110. intelligence101 says:

    hello Marina =) …
    i was wondering where does the word “Orgasm” originate or come from?

  111. Marina says:

    Test image insertion
    I was testing out an image in comments embedder but it allowed any size image….

  112. unlikelyrole says:

    дорогой Marina, 

         I’d like to know the origin of the word rush, and wish you a belated happy birthday.
                   люблю тебя, UR

  113. pedantickarl says:

    Marina, the TinyMCE Javascript widget looks similar to the default WordPress comment editor that has two rows of editing widgets which works fine. Don’t know the diff between this TinyMCE vs the default WP editor and why this one acts strangely.

  114. CampKohler - Sacramento CA says:

    Just a fortnight ago I wrote about the universal (it seems) dislike for TinyMCE at other sites here. If M didn’t happen to read that, maybe she will now. Tonight, I will give it a try. Meanwhile I have to finish (read start) my Christmas shopping. Toodle-ooh.

  115. Che Volay says:

    I keep small packets of Kleenex near by when on the go.

    • bigbhd95 says:

      Che that first grade teacher sounds like a special one :!:
      Would you consider her as good as Ms Orlova ( i double dare you :lol: )
      well first grade was an awful long time ago LMAO…B.B.

      P.S didnt mean to suggest you were in special Ed classes ..

  116. Warren says:

    I’m a packrat but not to that extent.
    Use tissue then toss- no souvenirs of that sort for me.

  117. leonard says:

    My dad would say “what a rich man saves, a poor man blows away” a planter.

  118. pedantickarl says:

    Thank you Marina! :grin:
    Now, I can click smileys again.

  119. quiggles says:

    Dear Marina,

    You are working so hard!! I am still out shopping for Christmas but greatly admire your diligence!

    Of course, I carry handkerchiefs; ever since watching the wonderful suits with a handkerchief tuft showing worn by Cary Grant and Jimmy Stewart in old Hitchcock films and Sean Connery in the first Bond flics. Besides, when a lady has a tear what better thing for a gentleman to hand her?

    Cheers, Q :smile:

  120. leonard says:

    I need one.

  121. popzzz says:

    How disgusting!!!  …..    YUK!!!

    Carrying snot and slobber around with you all day.

    What are they thinking???

    • CampKohler - Sacramento CA says:

      They are thinking, “If I throw this used tissue in the trash, those Homeland Security guys that have been following me all week will just pick it up and they’ve got their DNA sample. What, they don’t think I watch CSI?”

  122. Fianchetto says:

    Homework: I often carry a clean one, but never use it for blowing my nose into, but rather for perspiration, small spills, etc. as well as that I can fold it into a little mouse and entertain children with it at family gatherings. :grin:

    Thanks for the nifty new editing tools!  And for another cool lesson, too!

  123. the shaun says:

    haha, nice confused face. Yes it is strange to put it back, but sometimes that’s all you can do to hide it. Just hope it’s services are not required again until you get another one. 

  124. pedantickarl says:

    Marina, the new widget is a No GO.
    - Too slow,
    - doesn’t let me cut paste my secret way,
    - I can’t reply to your post below
    - widgets don’t do as expected.
    - blockquote didn’t work to begin with, but this widget doesn’t take the code.

    Sorry, gotto go run errands.
    Will be baaaack later. :-)
    I can’t paste icon smiley either :-(

  125. thoughtonfire says:

    Happy Winter Solstice Everybody!

    • Marina says:

      Am I missing something, or does someone not understand how the word game in the forum works?

      • thoughtonfire says:

        I don’t catch what you are saying, Marina. Though the word game is best played in person, real time. And to all a Good night…(*ThoughtOnFire dreams of playing the word game with HotForWords*)…

      • Fianchetto says:

        I don’t know what your drivng at either, Marina, but to both of you, here’s my take on the game and how I play it, except when we all break out into broadway musical christmas carols! :grin:

        Maybe **I’m** not playing by the (previously unwritten) rules

        That one (Express Train) is, I think, in the truest spirit of the game (as I observe it to have evolved from its humble strict word association roots)-

        1. observe previous post, determine relationship to its predecessor
        2. see where it goes in my brain
        3. illustrate, verbally or in image(s) the manner in which it bounces around in my head, allowing the maximum number of associative directions for the next poster, that they may have a rich starting palette to begin painting with, and add it to their own and similarly present his thoughts.
        4. Sometimes, I get a bit stuck on one. I then either resort to a minimalist approach, or wait for someone elst to post. Other times a minimalist post – just the words, just the photo, or the words linking to a pic says it all.

        These new tools from you, Capman, and PKarl are welcome additions to my toolbox. Thanks for sharing them!

        So, for my ‘Express Train’, vision quest led to vision express,
        leading me to express train, Japanese bullet train, and the Orange Blossom Special – the fastest train on the line, and all those visual directions, not to mention the song lyrics – to see what the next poster extracts and chooses which new direction of the many provided.

        Had I entered the next post, I would have probably referenced either (or some combination of):

        -New York City (Billy Joel – New york State of Mind vid)
        -a tasteful sexual/romantic image (caption or link:to get some sand in my shoes)
        -Florida or California beaches
        -The pink sand beaches of Bermuda
        -City of New Orleans (Arlo Guthrie or Johnny Cash vid)
        -Other Johnny Cash vid with appropriate presentation

        someon else might play off Japan, Moutn Fuji in the photo, or something else entirely that motivates their neurons.

        • Fianchetto says:

          5. I am always on the look-out for clever puns, wordplay or image-play to toss out as serendipitous flowers for the entertainment of others, and particularly appreciate similar posts of others, like Marina’s ‘Black Adder’ post – CLASSIC!!! Pure gold! :grin:

      • Bob says:

        Also @ thoughtonfire and Fianchetto:-
        It may be that you are puzzled about how thoughtonfire made the connection from “Stormtrooper” to “Antactica”, and it puzzled me too until I realised that both those posts could have been reactions to my “Ice Storm” on the previous post.
        It sometimes happens that two people make posts almost simultaneously, reacting to the same word but going off in totally different directions, so that the second one to appear on the time-line bears no relation to the one appearing immediately before it.
        If that happens, the second poster sometimes edits their comment to correct the situation which has an effect on the next comment if following immediately behind, like a serial shunt on the highway.
        I don’t know if there is a way to avoid such a situation, or even if it is necessary, as long as we are aware of it. :neutral:

        • Fianchetto says:

          I thought the ‘ice storm’-'stormtrooper’ connection was quite obvious. This being a truly global forum, there still are peaks and lulls in activity, during peak times, I often might initially post only a pic or caption just to give something for the next one to go on, then “dress it up” with an image, links etc. for pizazz, but always keeping the crux of the original post. I think for ‘boogie shoes’,I first entered the caption linked to the video immediately, then went on a photo hunt for just the right shoes, which took a couple of minutes. I remember it starting out as strict word association, but thought to myself…”I think I can really take this thing to the next level with images and links.” And the idea seems to have caught on quickly. Similarly, with the sentence game I tried to amp it up with new twists with mixed reaction – it spawned a topic of its own, so we now have a straight game, as James originally intended, and one with twists (Quality HFW Kink) in it! :grin:

          :cool: :grin: Yes, Che, Bob, Marina, TOF, anyone else who cares to reply – let’s hear YOUR takes on the game! what makes it ‘work’ best for you?


      • Che Volay says:

        Please explain how you think the game should work.

        I’ll have an explanation on the subject which I will post later.

  126. thoughtonfire says:

    Dear Miss Marina Orlova,

    No I do not use a Handkerchief! I think the idea of reusing … that … is gross. I do carry napkins in my coat pocket though.


    PS The Smilies are not working for me.

    • CampKohler - Sacramento CA says:

      What do your napkins have printed on them?

      1. “Eat fresh!”
      2. “I’m lovin’ it.”
      3. “Have it your way.”
      4. “Think outside the bun.”
      5. “Thank you for keeping our restroom clean. Made from recycled toilet paper.”


  127. popzzz says:


    The new tinymce does not work at all with FireFox 3.0.
    It does work with Internet EXploder 7.0.6

    Also, edit time is not very much?

    Also, this post was a reply to YOUR 1st comment and it showed up here???

  128. teazer says:

    Many old men in Denmark (and presumably many other countries as well…)  still use handkerchiefs to (repeatedly!) blow their nose and then put the handkerchief back into their pockets… I’ve always found it rather disgusting and cannot for the life of me find out why they don’t think it’s disgusting too!

    As a new word to research, how about ‘guffaw’?

  129. pedantickarl says:

    I see some issues Marina.
    I’ll test more over on the test page.

  130. pedantickarl says:

    This should be crossed out

  131. pedantickarl says:

    Ooooh new editing widgets widggets
    With undo etc
    And link stuff

  132. bsomebody says:

    Hey folks! I finally finished decorating my You Tube channel. Come by and see my Christmas decorations. Christmas decorations. If you want, you can just listen to my Christmas music. Christmas music.

    Merry Christmas to all! God bless us, everyone! :grin:

    • bigbhd95 says:

      hey Bsomebody :grin: nice decorations :smile:
      Just some unheeded advice the red on a green background is very hard to read
      on my end anyway :!: :!: :?: Maybe a different color scheme would make for
      better vision if not for holiday colors :lol: Happy & healthy to you & your from me & mine. :mrgreen: your fellow classmate B.B. :evil:

  133. mc212 says:

    can u plz do the word yoiltide since its x-mas my youtube account is randomkidemo.

  134. mc212 says:

    i would like to resquest the word yoiltide my youtube account is randomkidemo

  135. Marina says:

    Testing out the new tinymce comment thing… let me know if it creates any problems.


    • bigbhd95 says:

      Marina I had some trouble on the last video (shopping) replying to your post :lol:
      BUT that may have been due to you posting this new video :?: I will try & advise
      if there seems to be any trouble. Your faithful servant B.B. :mrgreen: :twisted:

      Seems to work fine, even the edit function….B.B.

    • pedantickarl says:

      Now I can reply to your comment.
      Thanks for removing the Java thingie.
      It was Java? No?
      My Edit:

  136. pedantickarl says:

    Hey, I had to blow my nose

  137. Che Volay says:

    Wot’s up with the ‘close caption’ a new feature or is that your twin sister making fun of you?

  138. popzzz says:

    #1 for class ….. na na na na na LOL!

    Marina was late for class because she was over in the forum posting to the word game instead of teaching about 1:15 LOL!

    But I forgive her :)

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