Tissue + Sneeze

The origin of the “tissue paper” and sneezing as requested by misscupcake1 :-)

The Sneezing Panda is from sneezingbabypanda.com – thanks to them for giving me permission to use the clip!

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  1. mijj says:

    so .. whatever happened to James?

  2. wetsuit5 says:

    I’m a full blown sneezer.
    I make my door bell ring in agreement.

  3. theotherjeremy says:

    Marina, I would like to know the origin of the term [beast mode]. I’m certain everyone else wants to know, too, even if they don’t know they know. Thank you!

  4. cufan71 says:

    :shock: Hurry Marina :!: Post a new lesson :!: I’m going stir-crazy :!: :twisted: :mrgreen:

  5. bobsully says:

    I sneeze and I almost always do it twice. Mostly in private where I can really let loose with it. :)

  6. James says:

    It’s funny to think I was born when marina was only 12. My god has she grown since then

  7. James says:

    Marina just incacase no one has requested this already and as you have already done the other long words maybe you could put [honorificabilitudinitatibus] into video form xx

  8. muggins says:

    Movie critic at large. Film: Delicatessen (1991)

    This is the best European film I’ve seen since “The Eighth Day”, and really, it’s even better. The highest score for the camera work. Excellent concept for a movie, just dripping (literally) with atmosphere. Excellent casting, and generally an overall success of a film. I rated it 4 stars out of 5 @ Netflix, as it was one of their “watch instantly” movies, but I might as well have rated it a 5.

  9. Billy Frey says:

    i’v just heard from my friend that beds are called beds because the word [bed] looks like a bed! please explain!

  10. seeking says:

    You’ve done ‘coffee’, but you haven’t done [chocolate], which is far more interesting, etymologically speaking.

    By the way, have you ever read “A Mouthful of Air”? I think you’d like it. It’s by Anthony Burgess, who also wrote “Clockwork Orange”, in which he borrowed a few words from Russian.

    Love you! Spaseeba!!

    • muggins says:

      Interesting recommendation, seeking. The Burgess’ novels, “Clockwork Orange” and “1985” are both excellent books. I read C.O. after I saw the film, but the novel was well written and hard to put down. I remember reading “1985” but it deserves reading again, since I don’t remember much about it (it’s been 30 years), except it dealt with the stultifying effect on a nation with too much bureaucracy, specifically Britain post-WWII. Topical, since the U.S. seems poised to expand it’s bureaucracies. I see that “A Mouthful of Air” is about languages and linguistics. I’ll have to put that on the short list. Having read up on Burgess at wiki, it’s clear he had the credentials to write such a book.

  11. PageDoll says:

    Just saw the new Jamesatwar video. He did a great spoof on the song and lightly rips on the the new vampire movie thats out. Check it out >>>
    I think its the best one since he did “Popstar” and of course “The way I are” featuring our lovely teacher. :mrgreen:

  12. BigBhd95 says:

    Marina you must be very busy with life & such right about now,
    however i am jonesing waiting soooo long for new video’s yours
    of course :lol: also let me take this opportunity to wish you & yours
    a happy & especially healthy Thanksgiving, from me & mine ;-)
    :cool: B.B. :mrgreen: p.s. that wish goes for all the HFW family on
    her web site :smile:

  13. I have no idea where it comes from and hope you can shed some “light” on it. [Padiddle] Refers to one working headlight on a car & a game but where does it come from?

  14. dolinator says:

    What about the word (SCREW)??………Hmmmmmmm is this a good one ……YES!!!

    Keep up the good work………
    Dolan for short

  15. Rijk says:

    Hey Marina,

    word / phrase – request,
    you can do a lot with this on : )
    [knock on wood]

    • Venomrock67 says:

      Hey Rijk, :smile:

      A couple of these dudes claim that knocking on wood saved their lives. I don’t know about the satire being enjoyable and it was initially for HotForWords, but I do give them credit for trying.

      QUEEN (A day at the races intro) We Will Rock You
      :arrow: Fast
      :razz: :cool:

      Commercial break NINE INCH NAILS :mrgreen: ;-)

      • Rijk says:

        hey Vrock

        you mean she did it already, didn’t see it? Oo noooo.

        we have afkloppen and you do that on wood, so there is some kind of relation.
        i think it comes from sailing to knock on the ship for a save trip, but that’s just a guess.

        like the queen song.
        lol haven’t got two minutes, the second one puzzles me : ?

    • Venomrock67 says:

      No Rijk,
      She did not do that one already. The link for “dudes” was actually someone’s video request to her initially, so your phrase request
      [knock on wood] is still OPEN. ;-)
      And your guess is probably better than theirs.

      Oh and why does the second one puzzle you? It’s just a random song I picked for you to check out, It’s my favorite Nine Inch Nails
      song. :cool:
      Hey here’s
      Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, Mick Taylor and Jim Dickinson are listening to a recording of their Song Wild Horses. Taken from the documentary ‘Gimme Shelter’ from Charlotte Zwerin, Albert und David Maysles about the Rolling Stones and the Altamont Free Concert in 1969.
      Take it easy Rijk :smile:

      • Rijk says:

        oke, thought you wanted to tell me something with the song, great song.


        had to look long for this one, but i got it lets dedicate this one to the hfw site ; )

        thanks Vrock i will : )

        • Venomrock67 says:

          Yeah, I guess those lyrics are serious. But no intention on any message with that, at least here anyways.

          Your long search was worth it for that song. :cool:
          Nice dedication….Rijk ;-) :smile:

        • leoNard says:

          While some say there is no such constitutional right to secede or nullify federal law, and others argue that the Ninth and Tenth Amendments to the US Constitution protect such states’ and individuals’ rights, there is a higher law that takes precedence over Constitutional law, namely Natural Law, which governs our natural, inherent rights as human beings, as noted in the Declaration of Independence.

          Further, given that the US Constitution is a “contract,” its terms are legally binding to all who reside within the US territories whether or not they voluntarily consented to participate in such a contract. 19th-century entrepreneur Lysander Spooner observed that the Constitution’s contractual obligations are to those who signed such a document, and applied to the people living at the time, and cannot possibly apply to people living in future generations. And, Spooner notes,

          …. only a small portion even of the people then existing were consulted on the subject, or asked, or permitted to express either their consent or dissent in any formal manner. Those persons, if any, who did give their consent formally, are all dead now…. It is not only plainly impossible…. that they Could bind their posterity, but they did not even attempt to bind them…. the language neither expresses nor implies that they had any right or power, to bind their “posterity” to live under it. It does not say that their “posterity” will, shall, or must live under it. It only says, in effect, that their hopes and motives in adopting it were that it might prove useful to their posterity….

          thanks for the wild horses and this was from a Venomrock67 tweet

          … :smile:

  16. stevie93 says:

    I would like the request the phrase [Beat around the bush]

  17. astroman says:

    I would like to know the history about the word [lightening] in reference to [lightning] Why do people use the incorrect spelling, how did the spelling come about, is it still used in places around the world?

    • CampKohler - Sacramento CA says:

      Lightening has an entirely different meaning. It means to reduce the weight of something (as an aircraft structure), by making holes in it, using thinner material and so forth.

      Sometimes lightning punches holes in aircraft, which lightens it. Arf, arf. :smile:

  18. seanmc says:


  19. seanmc says:

    I would like to request the phrase [ clean as a whistle ] , [ clear as a bell ] stay sweet and humble Marina MUAH!

  20. dewitt28214 says:

    [ask] proper pronunciation

  21. jnha says:

    Pleaaaaaaaaaaaase, could you give us a lesson about [funemployed]… It is a so nice word!!!! :razz:

  22. Valeriya says:

    And one more word ….please :idea:
    Always wanted to know the origins of the world [Choreography]
    Thanks again Marina. :smile: Have a great day!

  23. barmar says:

    I would like to request the ford [fornicate]. I recently learned that it has an interesting origin.

  24. Valeriya says:

    Hi Marina! I would like to request the word [Cheerleader]
    Thank you. :razz:

  25. leonard says:

    ;-) My daily word or phrase request…..[APPLE PIE]…Mom’s Apple Pie
    …happy at thanks :razz: :cool:

  26. nigedownunder says:

    I really, really, really need to know the origins of the word [salacious] as this is a word that comes to mind whenever I am studying your etymology videos…can HotForWords help?????????

  27. inuyashamaroku says:

    I have been very curious on how the word anime like the japanese cartoons got that name?

  28. gunju221 says:

    Can you please do the word [pizza] and/or [pizzeria] Im surprised you have not done that yet :lol:

  29. PageDoll says:

    I’m embarrassed to say that this is the first time I’ve watched this video. It Was incredible! :shock: So long and so so funny. I really enjoyed the whole thing. You had me cracking up big time when you sneezed the big green “hocker” on the other you. This lesson had a major old school feel to it, the same but 10x better. I just felt a lot more personal and I for one dig it. Its so fun to watch you let yourself go with some of the characters you play. Outstanding video- Five stars x10! :cool:

  30. CampKohler - Sacramento CA says:

    It has been FIVE DAYS since the last lesson! Is M asleep at the stick?

    • pedanticKarl says:

      Speaking of Closed Captioning for the deaf, here is an article I just came across.

      YouTube Automated Captioning Changes Game For SEO
      • “The machine-generated service will generate English-only captions initially on 13 partner channels.”

      • “The captioning service isn’t perfect, but will improve in time…”

      • “… the automatic feature could help to further optimize videos for people searching for content…”

      • “…while it’s a great feature to make content more accessible for the deaf, other benefits exist for marketers.”

      • “Today, very little text from video is being captured on the Web because no one wants to transcribe thousands of videos. “

  31. James says:

    Why does [terrific] mean something good but [terrified] is something bad. How can the c and ed switch a meaning so much? Has there been some kind of awe full – full of awe- awful switch?

  32. James says:

    I miss this site. But no one talks to me (or each other really) anymore.

  33. LIBOC says:

    I would like to request the word [mugging]

    Was studying and thought of why my peers(Singapore) label intense studying for exams as [mugging].

    Thanks Marina!

  34. lilonefour says:

    I would like to request the word [spandex] ;-)

  35. BigBhd95 says:

    ;-) tissue, I dont even know u :oops: Marina :cool: i would be pleased :lol: to kiss you anytime :cool: B.B. :mrgreen: p.s.
    your new place looks great :!: hope u feel right at home real soon :smile:

  36. seankim says:

    how about [SORRY]?

    when i cause someone trouble, i often apologize by telling them “I’M [SORRY].”

    BUT, when i’m listening to another person’s problems and i tell them “I’M [SORRY],” they almost always say “IT’S NOT YOUR FAULT.”

    where did this term go wrong? of course it’s not my fault. i didn’t do anything wrong. i just wanted to convey sentiment. can you shed some light?

  37. jcr says:

    P.S. Your newest interview is up now :smile: http://ow.ly/DODl

    Enjoy! My son made me put in every possible detail and links to your new book info and YouTube and everything. He practically browbeat me into making sure the article included every detail possible. I had to remind him that YOU wrote a book and this was to be a profile.

    • leonard says:

      Amazing what a small town can produce… :lol: I enjoyed the association :smile: …[burlesque]…Dialectology :lol:

    • pedanticKarl says:

      Hi Jan,
      I read your article earlier today and enjoyed it very much and your article added a new dimension in getting to know Marina. been seeing your tweets and I’ve been very busy in the last few weeks. I’ll also leave a comment on your site. Good to hear from you again.

    • pedanticKarl says:

      Hi Jan,
      I hope you don’t mind me adding some corrections to the article.
      Marina’s actual physical appearances on O’reilly has been 9 times.
      I’m keeping track over on the Forum. Click here to see 8th appearance on Forum I haven’t added the 9th appearance (Halloween edition) yet. The other Marina sightings on O’Reilly were composite re-reruns.

      On page 4 of your article, middle of 1st paragraph:
      Corrections are in bolded curly braces {x}
      Square brackets on this site are used to isolate word requests.

      “… (and, from personal experience, I know that Marina often answers those comments). The{n} she checks emails and reader comments on a related HotforWords website. She gets emails in the thousands daily so {s}he has to quickly decide how to prioritize her replies.”

      • jcr says:

        Yes, I caught those, too. Unfortunately, the publishing template at the site occasionally adds or subtracts letters. I proofed it over 10 times and it still did it. Sorry about thinking Marina was on O’Reilly 9 times. Doesn’t she have an appearance coming up quickly? I would be more than happy to add a note about her appearing only 8 times but if she is going to be on there soon, I wonder if that would be appropriate. Your take? Marina’s take? I want to be accurate, always, and appreciate your feedback very much.

        • pedanticKarl says:

          Sorry for the confusion Jan,
          On page 3, 3rd paragraph of your article you said:

          “She has appeared at least ten times on the O’Reilly factor, discussing all sorts of words”

          I would correct that to:
          “Marina has appeared 9 times….” and optionally add a note about the edited or composite re-runs.

          I only show 8 appearances on the Forum because I have not added the 9th appearance (Halloween edition), yet.

      • leonard says:

        Are those e-mails of you-tube?… :?: :lol: An art intervention is an interaction with a previously existing artwork, audience or venue/space. It has the[ auspice of conceptual art] and is commonly a form of performance art. Good new day is here already……

    • pedanticKarl says:

      Hi Jan,
      I hope you don’t think that I am anally retentive. I’m really not (OK, a little) and I hope this will help you. :grin:

      I was not able to comment on your site using FireFox 3.5.5.
      It looks like your site is 100% Microsoft built. My guess is that if your site were not proprietary MS, you would have a lot more comments. I don’t know if people with Macs are able to comment and if they are, why am I not able to comment using FF.

      I was able to comment using MS IE 6.x
      The only reason I did that is because I know you, otherwise I would not have left a comment because I do not use MS IE, except on very rare occasions when I know the site.

      You also mentioned the templates thing. I don’t know how locked up you are using your site and my recommendation would be to move the site to an open sourced site such as WordPress or other great open sourced blogging platforms.

      I am a technology geek, and this HotForWords site is the best anywhere in the world. The technology and ease of access to a site is important. I am doing some research into the area of accessibility of web sites, etc.

      • jcr says:

        I think this is extremely important info. That is not actually MY site but is news and media site which is highly ranked. They are moving to a better format but have had some technical issues through the transition.

        Firefox often works there better than anything.If it isn’t working as well now, it could be:
        1. Overload and too many people checking out the info

        2. The site upgrading

        3. Unknown factors.

        I’ll be happy to pass on your experience in trying to leave comments. The site owners want everyone to be able to access it.

        • pedanticKarl says:

          Thank you for your reply regarding the site, Jan.

          Regarding the number of appearances on O’reilly, since your article will be read for some time to come, it think it would be OK to say that Marina has appeared at least 9 times.

          Of course, if Marina appears on O’Reily again soon, then you could leave the article as is, as the article will be self correcting. :smile: Looking at the Calendar (see navigation links above), I don’t see any upcoming O’Reilly events.

      • CampKohler - Sacramento CA says:

        Are you looking into accessibility with regards to the handicapped, such as the deaf? It seems to me that having a notated version of the videos for the deaf to read would not be too much of an additional workload, especially if the work could be done by TA’s.

        • pedanticKarl says:

          Hi CK,
          My reference to accessibility refers more to the idea of usability in terms of browser standards and ability to present a consistent user experience across all platforms and browsers. Handicapped accessibility certainly is one of those elements and comes under a variety of guidelines such as WAI, UAAG, ATAG, ADA and others.

          Hearing impaired Closed Captioning is usually done by people with the skillset and technology to create accurate captioning. It is not a trivial task unless a TA has that skillset or the time. Of course you don’t have to be a TA to volunteer to do this kind of work. Anyone with the time and skill set can do it.

          All one needs is to get permission from Marina to replicate the video and then to insert the captioning which can be either hard captioned (visible at all times) or Closed Captioned using YouTube’s player technology.

          A two minute video would take me about 20 min to an hour or more to transcribe and add the captioning. The reason for the time is that some words require to be looked up, insert corrections as needed and verify the proper transcription. Someone with a transcribing skillset would be able to do it much more quickly than I could. There are tools that can help, such as speech to text converters. I have not tried it on these videos yet.

          Many of the hearing impaired institutes hire people to do these kinds of tasks, and I think many of them are very busy. There is always the question of demand and how many hearing impaired users would this help.

          I would think that anyone aligned with the hearing impaired community would take the lead in this endeavor in order to create and implement a plan for captioning.

    • pedanticKarl says:

      Hi Jan,
      I added a summary of Marina’s 9th visit to the O’Reilly Factor show in the Forum. You can also see my previous summaries of all of Marina’s visits to O’Reilly.

  38. leonard says:

    OK…[toys] are toys and Marina rhymes with purr–rina…object request [Barbie] as like a [toy]-[doll]………This is the first Barbie commercial that first aired during Mickey Mouse Club!
    …boy toys and girl toys girl toys and boy toys**!**diversity toys too**!**tech toys for girl geeks and boy geeks

    & nerds

    :cool: Aerosmith – Toys in the Attic (Cal Jam 78) and the girls say: boys in the attic, oh, political correctiveness :???: :smile: :razz:

  39. Andrew Colville says:

    I would very much like it if you could explain or put into a sentence the word [ENGORGE]….what use is this word? [ENGORGE]…I think there may be one i can think of but that is breaking the terms of use policy…

  40. tonyb says:

    HOw about [kernard] or [Kenard]. I remember ML Jones ol Living Faith Literary Agency in 1992 using that word in a brochure. I did not have the $300.00 for a supposedly “non-fee charging agent”! And the term [boiler plate contract] They said Leon Jones was some kind of crook.

  41. foghorn-leghorn says:

    I would like to request the word [acai berry]. Really just to understand how they came up with such an awkward name and to learn a little bit about them. I heard it could kill cancer cells but i want to know more. ;-)

  42. rugerdawg says:

    [LOT] [CAR LOT]

  43. taskapa says:

    i have a word request…is unthaw proper english for thaw. I got smacked around by my girl cuz i teased her about wanting “unthaw” some steaks. I told her if you un something your doing the opposite of what your uning…unthaw=freeze.

  44. mythman says:

    My sneeze? Like [snort]ing up [phlegm], but in reverse (and no, not “mgelhp pu gnitrons” :roll: ).

  45. Che Mero says:

    Ah….choo!! Anita Tizzue

  46. cufan71 says:

    :cool: Holiday Word Request

  47. haryvampire says:

    hey sweetie….
    i have already requested two words on youtube… have u seen them??
    word 1 was [kink]
    and others are weekdays [sunday], [monday] , [tuesday]…….plzzzzzzzzzz

  48. noizytribe says:

    Zdrastvuj Marina ;-)
    I’m a huge fan of yours and recently I’m in a very hectic exam-taking period. And so it came to my mind, to ask you about the origin of the word [University]…is it something “universal” or has it something to do with the “universe” ? Seems so funny to me, so I just want to ask the PRO ^_^


  49. mrmyk says:

    I was talking with a friend of mine, and he said, [It's no skin off my nose] and then he said, “I wonder where that phrase came from?” well I immediately thought to come here. Search the database with no results, so there you go. :-)


  50. leonard says:

    Hi: My word or daily phrase request; (laser this)-[incarnation]- could this be related to a carnation flower? Or, how about ennarled nation?…something we all are—GroUp THiNk :oops: :lol: :oops: William H. Whyte coined the term in 1952, in Fortune magazine:

    Groupthink being a coinage—and, admittedly, a loaded one—a working definition is in order. We are not talking about mere instinctive conformity—it is, after all, a perennial failing of mankind. What we are talking about is a rationalized conformity—an open, articulate philosophy which holds that group values are not only expedient but right and good as well.
    :smile: h0Tf0Rw0rdS is etuc=cute :smile: +[abstract]+

  51. Hs4Mm says:

    Evan and Bob: You guys know how to read the following? Did you know of this quote by Dorothy Parker already?

    You can lead a horticulture, but you can’t make her think.

  52. Hs4Mm says:

    Not sure if this is a myth or a real condition: seems when a woman has this condition she gets an orgasm every time she sneezes; could be just a joke since almost everyone who mentions this adds something along the lines of her using pepper as a “cure”. Anyway, here’s a story from 2007 of a woman with a much more advanced condition: http://bit.ly/1J2UG3

  53. Hs4Mm says:

    Just found out that people in New England distinguish between physical unattractiveness and mental unattractiveness; they use the term “homely” for the former and reserve the term “ugly” for the latter. http://twitter.com/GoForThisWorld/statuses/5846711367

  54. CampKohler - Sacramento CA says:

    A neighbor of mine had black mold in her house, so she needed someone to test it. I found this guy whose sole job was identifying the mold specie. He charged $30 if you bring a sample in and $700 if he comes to you (for which he has increased liability). He had an office which had one chair and a small wooden table upon which sat a microscope. That was it. There was not anything else in the room, so if his rent ever increased too much he could pack up in about three minutes flat. Ah, the simple life of a mold-tester.

  55. chard2 says:

    Hi Marina, Love your book. I was wandering where the word [hoagie] came from.


  56. dts1314 says:

    I recently saw the words pugnacious and repugnant and they have similar meanings pugnacious is an adj. meaning quarrelsome, fond of fighting, and repugnant is an adj. meaning offensive, disagreeable, distasteful. i was wondering where the pug came from in those words i always thought a pug was a dog do they have pug in there because of the breed?

  57. stigmatasaurus says:

    I can’t believe MissCupcake actually believed ’tissue’ came from the sound of sneezing! Anyway, I am a loud sneezer. Some people think it’s too loud; what am I supposed to do, suppress it? That could be dangerous, no?

    • CampKohler - Sacramento CA says:

      When I wrenched my back last month, a sneeze shot stabbing pains all along my back. After a while I learned to curl up in the fetal position and tense up to prepare for the shock. I am usually a three-sneezer, but after a bit of this, I soon learned to use mind over matter and “defuse” an oncoming sneeze.

      Normally when a sneeze almost seems to be coming on, I can hold my breath a bit and kind of balance just at the start of the sneeze until it triggers, because it feels good. I guess it works in reverse too, such that you can outwait it until the urge dissipates.

    • Evan Owen says:

      No, MissCupcake used the onomatopoeia ploy to get Marina to do the lesson. I did the same thing with “handkerchief”. :lol:

  58. hotdave says:

    Hot for Words,

    I once sneezed loud enough to scare a lady over 50 feet away.


  59. gallupmisfits says:

    i would like to request the word [whale-tail]

  60. fglrx says:

    Many people like eating their snot after picking it out of their noses, but they rather don’t admit it. I did it only when I was a child. Yuck! Have you ever done the same, guys?

  61. Evan Owen says:

    Word request:


  62. pat haskett says:

    When I see the three of you sitting in a row, a word request comes to mind…[foursome]…Hey! Every class has to have a naughty,sassy student! Marina, here is an apologetic love song, it’s one of my favorites. To those filthy minded classmates…how do you know I wasn’t thinking about [golf]?!?!

  63. thematrix75 says:

    Great video Marina,the length of the video made it easier to absorb the info a little easier!The panda sneezing and blowing you away was funny indeed!Over all excellent job!I love you Marina,and hope your new apartment has helped you out!When I sneeze I sneeze about 2 or 3 times about medium pressure,which is better than I was younger,I used to sneeze so hard my insides shook!Well it was good see you again Marina,I wish you well :!: Thank you for all that you do for us :!: :smile:

  64. James says:

    If you look at the play button on the video out the corner of your eye, the panda looks like it has a rather big.

  65. Hs4Mm says:

    Once at a conference, I ended up getting loud, strong individual sneezes separated by a minute or so. During the half-time break, someone told me that he once had a similar thing and he closed his mouth when he sneezed. The next time I got a sneeze, I consciously kept my mouth closed — not only did the sneeze get muffled, but after about two such sneezes it stopped! But be careful: closing your mouth might end up adding internal pressure on your ear-drums and bursting them!

  66. Hs4Mm says:

    Sounds like a naughty question: Are you [littoral]?

  67. pedanticKarl says:

    VOTE for HotForWords!
    Marina is nominated as
    Most Educational To Follow
    on the Mashable site
    Login with your Twitter or Facebook
    name, select Most Educational To Follow
    and select HotForWords

  68. red_cresent_moon says:

    I have a phrase that has confused me for a while [Sworn Enemy] why Sworn?
    From your new student :oops: red_cresent_moon

  69. kaibanator says:

    This is my first post in what feels like a year, far too long for my liking. I would like to congratulate Marina on her ongoing success that she has had in the recent months, you truly deserve it. I wish you all the best with your continued success as the world’s favourite teacher. :mrgreen:

    On the video topic at hand, I have noticed that there are also different type of sneezes as well as different sounding sneezes. For example, when I sneeze, its a slightly wet sneeze but not loud. However when my brother sneezes it can be deafening at times, but not wet. I sometimes wish all sneezes are the same. :lol:

  70. ernesto estayo says:

    i still love you marina, i know you’re rich, famous and engage i’m still your secret admirer. ;-)

  71. thoughtonfire says:

    Dear HotForWords,

    When I sneeze it sounds like “bless you”.


    And when other people sneeze I don’t say bless you, because I think sneezes sound like Bless You anyways. Peace.

  72. ddranger says:

    I have a word request. How did sailors come up with the phrase [poop deck] ? And what do they actually do there anyway?

  73. ddranger says:

    The answer is blowing in the wind.

  74. ilikesexytime says:


  75. eugensdiet says:

    I’m glad you are doing words again. I would have also related tissue to skin tissue as an example or you could use it in a sentence like “I’m glad I have skin tissue.”
    I was just recalling our candle lit dinner and just as we clinked our glasses and I said prost and you said something in Russian, my dog jumped on me and woke me up. He could have at least waited until after dessert. I knew it was a dream. I’m not allowed to play with matches anymore.

  76. willywally says:

    HOTFORWORDS!!! where do the words ‘bazaar’ and ‘bizarre’ come from? are they related?

  77. trash ,, white, black, or what so ever

    ME have the same rights as You to think, believe, live,

    I am really sad!!! You all thinks the worst ,, thank You !
    I stand for Love Peace Understanding

  78. swampwiz says:

    Misscupcake1 is hot. :razz:

  79. Capman911 says:

    Great video. I like this style of Teaching it’s like the older videos.
    Home Work: I do full sneezes and about 4 or 5 at a time.
    I have a word request. A friend from the Federal Government sent me an e-mail today with the top header stating Classification: Classified and on the next line was [ Caveat ] none. Curious what and where does that word comes from. :smile:

  80. seesixcm6 says:

    Dear Marina,
    When you ask a question, please make it a proper question. For instance, “What was I talking about?” (Чем я говорил о?)

    You said, “What I was talking about?” This seems declarative, not interrogative. English is not like Russian. We’d ask “What was I talking about?” It’s not “What I was talking about.”

    The difference might seem subtle, but it’s obvious to us. “Sneezes were what you were talking about.”
    I still like you,

  81. fglrx says:

    Hotforwords feat. misscupcake1, so… the video might be also entitled…
    “2 girls 1 cup” :idea: ;-)

    Detention for me ;-)

  82. Chemikal says:

    Oh good, my account is still active. :smile:
    Thank you for mentioning Nadia, Marina. Here is a good resource to instantly find out how words and names are pronounced in different languages.

    And how did you ever guess the exact way I sneeze? (*hapciu*) :mrgreen:
    I came across this story about the weirdest sneeze ever, The girl who can’t stop sneezing.

    Kudos for finding such a beautiful picture of the Arch of Triumph, in Bucharest. :-)

    About the panda sneeze, I have a question. Does your editing suggest that the adult panda blows you away when he sneezes?
    Because if that is the case, I draw your attention to the baby panda that actually does the sneezing. It’s mommy only gets startled. But looking at the title of the video on YT, I’m thinking maybe I’ve just misinterpreted it.

    I hope everyone is doing great. Marina is on top of her game, as usual. And I hope to be able to comment again alongside all of you, soon.

  83. doncross2bear says:

    Hi, Teacher, loved the video. As far as sneezing goes, when out in the world it’s restrained and gentlemanly. Home alone – explosive! I was just over at YT rating your video. It’s the only reason that I go over there anymore. The plethora of miscreants that troll thru the comment sections make me ill. That’s why I was about to bag the whole idea of user created content, until I stumbled upon you. I’ve grown quite fond (and protective) of you in the short time that I’ve been a student here, and when some jerk makes a hateful comment I get cheesed off. Sometimes I hammer on them on their channel so as not to lower the property values on yours, even tho’ that’s what they’re after and it plays into their hands. Hate to see your feelings hurt. This site, however, has a much more dignified clientele. Everybody seems very friendly; Leonard has spoken to me (HI, LEONARD!), and there’s lots of great info to absorb. You just keep being your charming, intelligent self. The YT morons can go get bent. Love to Teacher, dc

  84. pedanticKarl says:

    I love how Marina changes the thumbnails.
    In that last thumbnail I was debating whether to check out your tonsils or your eyes. The eyes won out.
    Now, I’m debating whether to check out your eyes or your smile.
    Damn, that’s a tough one. OK, the eyes one out, but only by a very small margin. :grin:

    • pedanticKarl says:

      Dang, did you notice that I got so distracted by the eyes and smile that I couldn’t even spell “won” correctly. I guess I was thinking that Marina being number one. It’s been a funny day like that.

  85. fglrx says:

    I also think this old good (but now pimped up thanks to the new technology) style is much better than the one used in the short videos from the few last month. It’s again very interactive and personal (video requests, the teacher’s pet, comments evaluation etc.). Furthermore, much more information and trivia related to the words were able to be contained because of the extended length. It’s always good to step in the etymology recursively. I find it funny when the several haters’ comments got disarmed in an intelligent, witty and cultural way at the end.


  86. Kain says:

    Marina, I was wondering the entomology of the word [centaur]. Although it refers to a creature half horse and half man, it seems that it comes from “cent” which means 100, and “taur” which means “bull”. How did they get a horseman out of one hundred bulls?

  87. sahok says:


  88. mashunja says:

    Hello Marina!
    I would like You to deal with the phrase
    [snail mail]
    I saw this programme where a person was telling the history if this word…but unfortunately I changed the channel by the end of the story and couldn’t know the whole explanation. I think you can make it more interesting and enjoyable, then any boring people on TV.
    С любовью из Эстонии:)

  89. James says:

    Wha….? I am finding it hard to find h8erz on YT! Ok there are the odd few boobs comments but nothing too bad. Everyone loves it.. I think your views will reflect it too. I am so happy. MARINA IS BACK WITH THE SHIZZ! :lol: :lol: :smile: :smile: :smile: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :razz: :razz:

  90. James says:

    Video requests are back? Hmm, I watched the video.. I now remember the origin, and then just when I thought it couldn’t get better there was a teachers pet!!! AAAHHH And the old music!! AAAH and it was more than 2 mins!! And you are engaging with your audience!!! AAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHH Oh my god Marina, this was BRILLIANT. This was EXACTLY what I was talking about. I can’t wait for more. It’s amazing! 100 stars!

  91. Che Mero says:

    Marina you and your high quality video, you [snuck] into my dreams last night.

    It was very vivid, started off innocently enough then ♫ ♪ “bom chika wah wah” ♫ ♪ Marina you found out I was handy with my hands. So I did some home maintenance for you. ;-) ;-)

    Then we were jumping off a cliff hand & hand into a pool of beautiful blue ocean.

    Woke up in a very good mood.

  92. pig-in-a-poke says:

    “Thar she blows!” I sneeze violently, sometimes 2 or 3 times in a row, often triggered by the sunlight or dust and sometimes cramping my internal or external organs. Why would the sunlight cause me to sneeze?

    Marina, :idea:
    I enjoy your family pictures and those when you were younger. I thought it would be fun if you produced a video of you interviewing your mother, friends from your childhood, or teachers in the Russian language with, of course, your good faith interpretation of the answers. The questions about you would come from your inquisitive fans for you to select from.

    • leonard says:

      [Inquisitive] :smile: Adding my 2cents + everything in my pockets :lol: pig-in-a-poke: very well put request for Marina and the whole “Orlova” family…

      YEAH!!!…why does the sun make one sneeze?…catch a sneeze before the breeze…fLu

      :???: :lol: :cool:

  93. bsomebody says:

    Full-force sneezer. Hoolding your nose is a bad idea. My Dad literally blew out his face doing that. He ruptured his sinus cavity and had to have it reconstructed. Ouch! :shock:
    Canned rats! Damiana on being teacher’s petted. It looks good on you.

  94. pat haskett says:

    God bless you. Gazuntite(help me). I sneeze with a blast through my lips. I recognize your sister, is that your cousin in the middle?

    • pig-in-a-poke says:

      Pat I found a source that has gesundheit as having both German and Yiddish backgrounds. I had trouble with the spelling, too.

      1914, from Ger., lit. “health!” Also in toast auf ihre Gesundheit “to your health” (see sound (adj.)). Lith. aciu, echoic of the sound of a sneeze, has come to mean “good luck, God bless you.”

  95. Evan Owen says:

    ***Nerd Words***

    Heard on the radio this AM:

    Unfriend, v.: To delete a friend from one’s online social network.

    Lex appeal, n.: The perceived usefulness and popularity of a new word or phrase. :cool:

  96. lars2 says:

    Back in the ’60s we used to say ‘Hashish’ when sneezing !
    Try it sometime, you might like it, it works well, but not in the copshop ! lol

    Hey Marina, it looks like you have a student/teacher impersonator over on the APOD discussion board.

    “I agree, the explanation of how stars nova and supernova is completely erroneous, because it’s based on incorrect assumptions.

    “What actually happens is: The arriving negative polarity electric current in the form of arriving electrons from beyond the star’s heliosphere, which is forming an electric Double Layer (DL) that surrounds the star, reaches an influx that is too great for the fluorescing neon layer in the star’s photosphere to sustain conductive transmission of because it has reached its ‘arc mode’ conductance capacity, and it ‘flares’. This causes a dramatic resistance change and the DL reacts, but the massively extrasolar arriving current flow is already inprogress of arrival ! There is a DL failure, and like an electrical transmission station here on Earth, the capacitance envelope explodes; and that my dear students is what a nova is ! (Hot 4 Science ! – yes, Marina has influenced my writing here ! lol )”

  97. sense says:

    This video made me laugh, good job. (=

  98. hitoshi says:

    hahhhoooo thats my style

  99. cufan71 says:

    :cool: I’m so glad you went back to the longer lessons Marina :!: :grin: AWESOME :!:
    Homework At home I’m a loud sneezier, but in public I try to be as quiet as possible.

  100. Venomrock67 says:

    Just dropping a couple of tracks here :mrgreen:

    :razz: The Cult’s classic “Wild Flower” from their
    album “ELECTRIC” (1987).

    :arrow: UFO’s Love to Love from the album Lights Out / An underrated song from a highly underrated band. (1977) :cool:

  101. Venomrock67 says:

    Hi Marina, :smile:

    I see the elements from past lessons (closer shot of you explaining the origin or origins, the length of the video being longer and teacher’s pet!) mixed with the polished production of the present, makes this a fun video, it didn’t seemed rushed, hope this a trend, very nice :razz:
    The compilation of sneezes from around the world, very funny and a nice touch. You could start out with comedy, Don’t sell yourself short on acting. ;-)
    Besides learning origins of words and phrases which i know you’re passionate about maybe I need a lesson in computer etiquette. I guess I pushed on someone pretty
    hard :oops: because of their comments
    But WTF to me anyways their words seemed vulgar and disrespectful to you which made me see red. Did I read the intent wrong? Not trying to sound like a hypocrite I do use certain four letter words too, But not in that way on this site, at least I don’t think I do. I don’t normally go after someone like I just did. Maybe I’ve had some disagreements or some retaliatory comments with no pun intended. (I don’t comment a helluv a lot) I guess you and some others on HFW have experience with controversial comments (thankfully not a lot and hopefully not some of mine) but you know ways to deal with it. I guess you exercise will power and don’t respond.
    Hey I’m glad you’re feeling better Marina and you conveyed that you’re getting back to normal. :smile:

    But I have a feeling that dude will be back, as someone said something about me, nobody leaves this site. There’s too much fun and a lot going on here. ;-)

    This maybe controversial But I think this dude is pissed off at YT.

    • Rijk says:

      Hey VR,

      she is back to basics, like it way better too!

      Just went through your comments,
      don’t be to hard on yourself, the comment wasn’t that negative. just gave him a piece of your mind : ) ; )

      • Venomrock67 says:

        Yeah, I sure did give them a piece of my mind. But looks like I’m right, their back. :lol:
        It must be the Cult of Marina/HotForWords. :mrgreen:
        :oops: I mean that in a good way!

        I agree Rijk, she does look like she’s back to the basics and I like it too. Did you notice towards the end of Tissue+Sneeze she was reading some comments including some (not so nice ones) off of the YT page. Looks like she was finding humor in them.
        I hope so, she’s come a long way from this.

        and hey THANKS for the smokescreen :smile:
        Suicide Blonde! :razz: I haven’t heard that song in ages.
        Right On! ;-)

    • Rijk says:

      i’ll make a smokescreen for you ; )

      suicidal blond now where is that fish?

  102. raven62 says:

    I have a full blown sneeze. I need to get that tickle out. Right? :lol:

  103. pandion says:

    I give a full blown hearty sneeze, but I mush neater than the one in the video.

  104. labbatt78 says:

    I’ve had a feeling I’ll be using a tissue very soon. No I’m not sneezing. It’s much worse than that. I’m in a stress right now. :cry:

  105. muggins says:

    I sneezed last night.
    ah…ah…ah-CHOO – HOO :!:
    My entire body quaked, my hat shot straight in the air, and I think my heart stopped. I’m sure it frightened the neighbors.

  106. darlingj says:

    Didn’t that horrible 3 months include some time on a Mega-Yacht on the French Riviera? :???: :lol:

    Marina is the greatest! I like her. :grin:

    • darlingj says:

      Life has those bitter and sweet moments.

      I find that it’s the [tapestry] woven from the differing threads of experience that give character to our existence.

      That’s not even a quote from someone else – I made it up! :roll:

      Point being – I think our dear Teacher willl remember the struggles of achievement with as much fondness as the easier moments as the years go by.

      I know I have!

  107. Evan Owen says:

    Hi Marina,
    Thanks for letting us know what was happening with you (black mold in your apartment). I could tell something was amiss and was a bit worried.
    Your loyal fan

  108. Damiana says:

    teacher’s pet! ~blushes~ sweet! thank you.

    sneezes around the world was fun. nicely done. : )

    i’ve heard sneezing described as the first orgasm that we experience.. maybe kinda. Oo

  109. Che Mero says:

    BTW I’m not looking on your ugly pillows in the hold photo.

  110. Jett Vero says:

    I would like to request the phrase [sugar daddy]


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  111. pedanticKarl says:

    Dang, that black mold really got to Marina.
    Don’t read the comments over on YouTube as some chick highlighted in yellow is trying to answer every comment. LOL
    That is way toooo funny. Loved reading your comments. :lol:

    • Captain Jack says:

      Dude, Have you ever been in a house with black mold? You can’t stop coughing. It’s horrible stuff. It won’t kill you but it will annoy the heck out of you. Over time it can cause issues and even make you sick.

      • leonard says:

        White mold is now what was and is…holy fuNgus…[][] [yEast and milDew] [][]—HI-JACK—The black mode of mold hails bad and habits of not “to be” on top………………:[dirt]::::………….{keep it pretty}but; CLeaN :lol:

  112. Greatest Potential says:

    :smile: Congratulations to Damiana for becoming teacher’s pet :!:

  113. Greatest Potential says:

    :smile: Gesundheit!

  114. smokey36bear says:

    Homework:I am a full out sneezer, although I do cover so I don’t spray all over.

  115. animalntaz says:

    “I’ll show you a tissue sample.”

    (These guys fucking suck at rifting/commentary that they are ruining the cartoon, but it is the only video for that line.) :x

  116. Che Mero says:

    Are you in a penthouse now? ;-)

  117. wyo550 says:

    Cool evolution of HFW lesson style, combining the original girl in apartment simplicity with the always-fun acting/ good production AND added element of grading students (positive reinforcement and feedback to fan base) and (as CJ says below) Teachers Pets again.

    Don’t worry about the brain damage from the mold. You’re blonde and in LA. Nobody will notice.

    Nice to see the Ushanka got unpacked after the move, since I know it’s SO cold in LA these days (poor Twitter baby’s been in La La Land too long and needs to huddle by the fire at the CC mall) Mine from Irkutsk was used today, as I was out chipping ice. It’s three degrees above zero now with a breeze. You have email at “biz”. Cheers :-)

  118. Captain Jack says:

    WOW! That is such an awesome video Marina! I’m happy your have gone back to your original show and stopped following the church of YouTube advice. Being a large successful company doesn’t mean they are always right.

    I like it when you talk slower. It’s much easier to understand you. I didn’t even have to replay the video. The length is much better too. A minute and 32 seconds is just to short of time to cram in a lesson. I’m now able to absorb what you’re teaching.

    I’m excited that you brought back Teachers Pet and Video requests. Now we feel like we are included in the class and not just another number on your stats.

    I’m so exited! I’m going to look forward to many real HFW video lessons. It’s like a breath of fresh air. :mrgreen:

  119. pedanticKarl says:

    Wow! That was a nice long lesson and love the teaching couch.
    Very informative and loved the change of scenes and
    many other features such as the comments review,
    teachers pet and examples of sneezing around the world.
    That panda sneeze still makes me laugh and you added a
    special touch to that. That was soooo funny.
    Excellent video!!!

  120. okay4now says:

    Nice piece of teaching Marina, really well done!

    Hwk: I try to sneeze honestly with some consideration for anyone around. In the restaurant business you are suppose to sneeze into the inside of your arm were the elbow bends and not your hands. I’ve incorporated that into my sneezing routine–most of the time.

  121. CampKohler - Sacramento CA says:

    Hey, Marina, what do they have to eat for Thanksgiving in Russia?

    Is there any way to put the latest post first in the forum? It would really be more convenient to be able to see the newest stuff right up front.

    • Lorena says:

      hi! I wanna know where the word [detergent] comes from?

    • pedanticKarl says:

      Hi CK,
      What you are really asking is, can the latest post be placed on page 1, where currently, the latest post is on the last page.

      I’ve thought about that, but I don’t favor it. I like it the way it is. The last page number is very easy to find in the Topic index, and lets me see the latest post. Since the posts are not threaded, it is much easier to go down the page of posts in chronological order.

      If the posts are reversed, then, it is a pain to follow one post to the next in chronological order. Try it. What happens is that I have to read the posts from the bottom up. That means I have to scroll up to the next post, then scroll down to read it, then scroll back up to the earlier post, and then scroll down to read that one, which gets very tiring.

      I like the way it is currently setup.

    • leonard says:

      :grin: Hi: in Russia “Thanks giving is every day and not like some indigenous up-rising”…ex-President Hoover took care of staving in Russia so eating was allowed again :lol: :idea: …speCial guilt given back to GODbLess…..haves*verses*have-nots….http://www.hotforwords.com/2008/12/21/handkerchief/

  122. urmom212 says:

    hey i want to know why do some people call a toilet the john

  123. CampKohler - Sacramento CA says:

    I sneeze like your dress: AH – AH – AH – FUSCIA!!

  124. leonard says:

    cool…Three months…3 tears for sneezers and freezers…booger [kleenixs](sp) :P tish the season to sneeze :-) in Russia… :lol: I sneeze with my nose

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