November 3rd – Cliché Day

November 3, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning lovers of hackneyed expression. Today is Friday, November 3, 2017. Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

Cliché Day

Cliché Day is music to my ears. I love a good cliché more than life itself. Clichés are so much a part of the everyday language that we just accept them in due time. We can hate them, but we can’t seem to stop using them. Cichés are phrases which have been overused to the point of language teachers wanting us to put on our thinking cap to find a better turn of phrase.
The word Cliché has two meanings:
1.  An overused expression, something that is said a lot that has become some common, it no longer really has any relevance or is even noticed in conversation. Phrases such as  “to this day” or “next thing I knew” are examples of such a cliché, and you often say these phrases without noticing you are doing so.
2. An idea with a different meaning from its literal meaning. For example, the phrases sweaty palms or twinkling eyes have come to mean more than the fact that your palms are just sweaty or that your eyes have a twinkle. When you say someone has sweaty palms, everyone knows you mean “he is nervous” because the expression has become a cliché.
Clichés are often idioms. Idioms are figurative phrases with an implied meaning; the phrase is not to be taken literally. Idioms are either opaque or transparent:
Opaque – When you translate an opaque idiom, it will not make sense because the literal meaning is nothing like the real meaning. An example of an opaque idiom is bag of bones, which means someone is very underweight.
Transparent – A transparent idiom has similarities between the literal and the expression. For example, playing your cards right is an expression that actually came from card games but that can apply to other situations.
Clichés can be true or not and some are stereotypes. Clichés can be figurative or literal. An example of a figurative cliché is raining cats and dogs, meaning it is raining heavily. An example of a literal cliché would be, to tell the truth, because you are going to do just that. A figurative idiom can become a cliché if it is used often enough in our language.
So, if you like clichés, you should be as happy as a pig in mud.  If you don’t like clichés, don’t get all bent out of shape. I don’t want people to be fighting like cats and dogs over something as trivial as clichés. Use clichés as much as possible today. Give it a shot. Win some, lose someYou’ll never know ’til you try.
If you think that I used a lot of clichés writing this, check out this blogger’s coverage of Cliché Day. He obviously had more time on his hands than I do.

Fountain Pen Day

Fountain Pen Day is celebrated annually on the first Friday in November and honors the writing implement of choice for centuries. It was created to embrace and promote the use of fountain pens in day-to-day life.
The tools used for writing have gone through significant changes throughout history. In the beginning, there were chisels and stone tablets. Next, bits of charcoal were used to make marks on pieces of birch bark. Later, papyrus paper was invented and dyes from different plants were used to mark on it. Eventually, ink was created, using various types of plant matter, animals, and eventually iron. Ink required the development of a new tool, and that tool was initially the dip quill pen – a feather (usually goose) with a carefully cut nib to draw up the ink and transfer it to paper. Ultimately a new creation was invented that didn’t require constant dipping, and that didn’t require constant recutting of the nib…the fountain pen.
The first fountain pen was invented in 1636. It combined an ink reservoir with a metal nib that didn’t didn’t need to be constantly recut – the ultimate writing tool…at least for the next 300 years or so. The invention of the ballpoint pen in the 20th century took its toll on the use of fountain pens. Ballpoint pens were even more convenient to use and less messy than fountain pens and could be used with carbon paper to write multiple copies at once. Today, fountain pens have been relegated to being used by a few purists…and some executives who want to flaunt their importance.
Modern technology has virtually eliminated the need for writing implements of any kind. You can do anything online these days, even sign documents and fill out forms without using any form of a writing tool at all.  Fountain Pen Day seeks to revive the almost-lost art of handwriting as a whole.
To celebrate Fountain Pen Day, find your old fountain pen (it’s probably in that box in your attic, basement, or garage) and bring it back to life. Write a letter to an old friend – preferably one who at least knows what a fountain pen is. Instead of simply posting to social media sites like Twitter and Facebook, use your fountain pen to write the message you want to convey on a piece of paper first, then post a picture of it, along with the fountain pen you used to write it, and post that on your preferred social media site instead. If you want to, use hashtags like #oldschool or #thewayitshouldbedone.

Give Someone a Dollar Today Day:

You can start with me! Ha, ha.
Give Someone a Dollar Today Day is not meant to be taken literally. It’s sad to say that in this economy, many people literally can’t afford to give away a dollar. This holiday is more about the concept of giving unconditionally, without the expectation of getting something in return. Buy a lottery ticket, then give it to the next random person you encounter. The next time you go out for coffee, pay for the person behind you in line also. Who knows, it might just turn their day around, and it’ll make you feel good.

Housewife Day:

Housewife Day recognizes the importance of stay at home wives and moms. Housewife is an old term. It hails back to the days when one income could support the family in a manner of comfort. It was also a time when women did not have equal rights. While those days are long gone, women’s views of working or staying at home, fall on both sides of the fence. The decision to be a “housewife”, or stay at home mom, is still preferred by many. Unfortunately, income needs often necessitate going to work.
In today’s topsy-turvy economy, the term housewife sometimes needs to be replaced by the term househusband. More frequently, the wife is the breadwinner of the family, and the husband stays at home doing all of the things synonymous with being a housewife: caregiver to the children, household manager, chef, chauffeur, errand runner, and general all-around chief cook and bottle washer.
This holiday honors “housewives,” of either gender, who keep a home running smoothly and efficiently. Do something today that will mask their job a little easier. Give them the day off, and take over their job for them. They will be appreciative, and you will learn to appreciate just how hard they work every other day of the year.

National Sandwich Day:

It would require an entire rainforest to make enough paper to individually list all of the possible combinations of meat, vegetables, bread, and condiments possible to make all of the different kinds of sandwiches that exist.
It is no coincidence that National Sandwich Day falls on this date. Today is also the birth date of John Montagu, the fourth Earl of Sandwich, who is credited with inventing the sandwich. Folklore has it that this 18th-century English nobleman was a compulsive gambler and didn’t like to interrupt his gambling sessions to eat. So one day he instructed his servants to serve him his meat between two slices of bread. And, the “sandwich was born. Personally, I don’t find this tale very credible. I find it hard to believe that since the creation, or evolution, of man it took thousands of years, until the 18th century, before someone thought to put meat between two slices of bread.
Sandwiches are a favorite food in many parts of the world, and nowhere more so than here in America. To celebrate this holiday, enjoy one of your favorite sandwiches. The list of possibilities is endless, so you better start the decision-making process now.

More Holidays  

Below are listed some other holidays celebrated on this date that are worthy of mention: 

Historical Events

Below is a list of significant historical events that occurred on this date:

  • In 1507 – Leonardo DaVinci was commissioned by the husband of Lisa Gherardini to paint her. The work is known as the Mona Lisa.
  • In 1631 – The Reverend John Eliot arrived in the Massachusetts Bay Colony. He was the first Protestant minister to dedicate himself to the conversion of Native Americans to Christianity.
  • In 1793 – Stephen F. Austin was born. He was the principal founder of Texas.
  • In 1796 – John Adams was elected the 2nd United States President.
  • In 1838 – The Times of India was founded. The world’s largest English-language daily outside the United Kingdom and America was launched as a bi-weekly publication by the Bombay Times and Journal of Commerce in Bombay, India.
  • In 1868 – John Willis Menard was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. He was the first African-American to be elected to the House.
  • In 1892 – The first automatic telephone went into service at La Porte, IN. The device was invented by Almon Strowger.
  • In 1900 – The first automobile show in the United States opened at New York’s Madison Square Garden.
  • In 1911 – Chevrolet Motor Car Company was founded by Louis Chevrolet and William C. Durant.
  • In 1934 – The first race track in California opened under a new parimutuel betting law.
  • In 1941 – U.S. Ambassador to Japan John Grew warned that the Japanese may be planning a sudden attack on the United States.
  • In 1952 – Frozen bread was offered for sale for the first time in a supermarket in Chester, NY.
  • In 1953 – The Rules Committee of organized baseball restored the sacrifice fly. The rule had not been used since 1939.
  • In 1954 – The classic film, Godzilla, was released. The Japanese science fiction movie starring a mutated monster of the same name became an instant hit.
  • In 1957 – Sputnik II was launched by the Soviet Union. It was the second manmade satellite to be put into orbit and was the first to put an animal into space, a dog named Laika.
  • In 1973 – The United States launched the Mariner 10 spacecraft. The last of the Mariner Program, Mariner 10 was the first spacecraft to flyby two planets – Venus and Mercury. The probe flew by Venus on February 5, 1974, and did 3 flybys of Mercury on March 29, 1974, September 21, 1974, and on March 16, 1975, after which communications with the probe were terminated.
  • In 1978 – Dominica gained its independence from Great Britain. The Caribbean Island nation was colonized by the British in 1805.
  • In 1979 – Five members of the Communist Workers’ Party are shot to death in broad daylight at an anti-Ku Klux Klan rally in Greensboro, NC. Eight others were wounded.
  • In 1986 – The Ash-Shiraa, pro-Syrian Lebanese magazine, first broke the story of United States arms sales to Iran to secure the release of seven American hostages. The story turned into the Iran-Contra affair.
  • In 1987 – China told the United States that it would halt the sale of arms to Iran.
  • In 1991 – Israeli and Palestinian representatives held their first-ever face-to-face talks in Madrid, Spain.
  • In 1994 – Susan Smith of Union, SC, was arrested for drowning her two sons. Nine days earlier Smith had claimed that the children had been abducted by a black carjacker.
  • In 1995 – President Clinton dedicated a memorial at Arlington National Cemetery to the 270 victims of the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103.
  • In 1998 – Bob Kane, the creator of Batman, died at the age of 83.
  • In 1998 – A state-run newspaper in Iraq urged the country to prepare for to battle “the U.S. monster.”
  • In 1998 – Minnesota elected Jesse “The Body” Ventura, a former pro wrestler, as its governor.
  • In 2003 – In Kabul, Afghanistan, a post-Taliban draft constitution was unveiled.

Noteworthy Birthdays

If you were born on this date, Happy Birthday. You share your birthday with the following list of illustrious individuals – and about 20-million other people.


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