“As American president Theodore Roosevelt found, paring down language can go too far. In 1906 Roosevelt founded something called The Simplified Spelling Board, which suggested – among other things – changing 'bureau' to 'buro,' 'enough' to 'enuf' and 'though' to 'tho.' So taken was Roosevelt with their recommendations that he ordered the Government Posting Office to use the new spellings. However, the reaction – and the ridicule – was so extreme that he soon backed down.”
From “Speak plainly: Are we losing the war against jargon?” at telegraph.co.ukWhat do historians say was probably the bloodiest battle in history?“One of the true tests of leadership is the ability to recognize a problem before it becomes an emergency.” – Arnold Glasgow“We're not searching for a needle in a haystack — we're still trying to define where the haystack is.” – Australian Air Marshal Mark Binskin, on the search for the missing Malaysian jetliner.The Battle of Stalingrad (1942-43), which resulted in 800,000 to 1,600,000 casualties.catharsis (kuh-THAHR-sis), n. – the purging of emotions; relieving of emotional tensions, as in: “A stiff drink was the only thing that could provide catharsis for the editorial writer after a session with the mayor.”On this date in 1852, Ohio adopted the 10-hour work day for women and children under 18; sorry, guysAccording to RandomHistory.com, by the time an average child enters kindergarten, he or she will have witnessed 8,000 murders on television.