Strange to think that some of the most seemingly stable names we attach to the objects around us were embraced only gradually and by a process of elimination. The English astronomer and inventor Sir John Herschel’s proposal of the word ‘photograph’ in 1839 had to see off rival coinages before becoming fixed permanently in the world’s vocabulary. Had history taken another path, your gran might be admonishing you for not sending enough ‘sun-prints’ or ‘photogenes’. One competitor, heliograph, which predated ‘photograph’ by a generation, gave Herschel’s suggestion a serious run for its money.
BREAKING: Three people injured, one seriously, in a stabbing at a London tube station in what police are treating as a terror attack.
“A tense and peculiar family, the Oedipuses,” a wag once observed. Well, when it comes to dysfunction, the Wittgensteins of Vienna could give the Oedipuses a run for their money.
EuroVox | 10.03.2008 | 05:30
Meet Hobnox -- A New Media Platform
German's Hobnox is Taking Internet Interactity to the Next Level.File sharing sites like YouTube and MySpace have been giving record labels, film companies and TV stations a run for their money for some time now.
Hobnox is looking to join this movement by enabling it’s users to view content on demand, as well as providing them with the opportunity to upload their own videos and audio – legally. So how does it work?
wag (HUMOROUS PERSON) Show phonetics
noun [C] OLD-FASHIONED INFORMAL
a humorous person who likes to make jokes
waggish Show phonetics
adjective OLD-FASHIONED INFORMAL
Idioms: run for one's money, a
A close contest or a strong competition, as in We may not win the game, but let's give them a run for their money.
This term probably comes from horse racing, where one may get considerable pleasure from watching the race even if one does not win much. Its first recorded use was in 1874.