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The Ellen DeGeneres Show The Ellen DeGeneres Show (often shortened to Ellen and stylized in all lowercase) is an American television variety comedy talk show hosted by Ellen DeGeneres. Debuting on September 8, 2003, it is produced by Telepictures and airs in syndication, including stations owned by NBCUniversal. For its first five seasons, the show was taped in Studio 11 at NBC Studios in Burbank, California. From season 6 onwards, the show moved to being taped at Stage 1 on the nearby Warner Bros. lot. Since the beginning of the sixth season, Ellen has been broadcast in high definition. The show has received 166 Daytime Emmy Award nominations and has won 61 Daytime Emmy Awards as of 2019, including four for Outstanding Talk Show and seven for Outstanding Talk Show Entertainment, surpassing the record held by The Oprah Winfrey Show, which won nine. The show also won 17 People's Choice Awards. The talk show's YouTube channel is in the top 20 most-subscribed YouTube channels.
Easy As Pie - The Idiom's Meaning & Origin Meaning: If something is “as easy as pie,” that means it’s simple; a job or task that is easy to do; a piece of cake. Example: My friend never had a pet cat before. He wanted to get one, but he was worried about how much work it would be to care for it. notes on the origin of ‘easy-peasy (lemon squeezy)’ A reduplication of easy, the colloquial adjective easy-peasy means very straightforward and easy. According to the Oxford English Dictionary (OED – 3rd edition, 2002), easy-peasy originated in British English; the earliest instance that the OED has recorded is from The Bookseller (London) of Saturday 22nd January 1966. But the earliest occurrence that I have found seems to invalidate that origin.
Barack Obama citizenship conspiracy theories Conspiracy theories falsely asserting that Barack Obama is not a natural-born citizen of the US In response to the conspiracy theories, the White House released copies of the President's long-form birth certificate on April 27, 2011, and posted an image of it to the White House website, reaffirming that he was born on August 4, 1961, in Honolulu, Hawaii. During Barack Obama's campaign for president in 2008, throughout his presidency, and afterwards, a number of conspiracy theories falsely asserted Obama was ineligible to be President of the United States because he was not a natural-born citizen of the U.S. as required by Article Two of the Constitution. Theories alleged that Obama's published birth certificate was a forgery—that his actual birthplace was not Hawaii but Kenya.
Clothes horse Modern hanging clothes horse with pulley system A clothes horse, sometimes called a clothes rack, drying horse, clothes maiden, garment donkey, drying rack, scissor rack, drying stand, Frostick, airer, or (Scots) winterdyke, is a frame upon which clothes are hung after washing, indoors or outdoors, to dry by evaporation. The frame is usually made of wood, metal or plastic. It is a cheap low-tech piece of laundry equipment, as opposed to a clothes dryer, which necessitates electricity. Types of drying racks
Wheelchair costumes turn kids into superheroes Ryan Weimer: Normally there’s this awkwardness around disability. But with that costume on there, that changed how people saw my son. They saw him first before they saw his disability. It just helps break down that barrier. ‘Magic Wheelchair’ is a non-profit that builds epic costumes for amazing kiddos in wheelchairs. Magic Wheelchair started when my son was three years old.
Japanese women demand right to wear glasses at work Japanese women on social media are demanding the right to wear glasses to work, after reports that employers were imposing bans. In the latest protest against rigid rules over women’s appearance, the hashtag “glasses are forbidden” was trending on Twitter in reaction to a Japanese television show that exposed businesses that were imposing the bans on female staff. “These are rules that are out of date,” one Twitter user said, while another described the reasons given by employers as “idiotic”. One woman who works in restaurants tweeted that she was repeatedly told not to wear her glasses because it would appear “rude” and they did not go with her traditional kimono. “If the rules prohibit only women to wear glasses, this is a discrimination against women,” Kanae Doi, the Japan director at Human Rights Watch, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation on Friday.
Great Vowel Shift The Great Vowel Shift was a major change in the pronunciation of the English language that took place in England between 1350 and 1700. The Great Vowel Shift was first studied by Otto Jespersen (1860–1943), a Danish linguist and Anglicist, who coined the term. Because English spelling was becoming standardized in the 15th and 16th centuries, the Great Vowel Shift is responsible for many of the peculiarities of English spelling. Effect
Noun and verb syllable stress Some nouns and verbs have the same form in English. For example: She set an Olympic record. (noun) She’s recording her new song in the studios. (verb) However, the pronunciation (i.e. syllable stress) is different. Why do we have silent letters in the English language? Silent letters are the ghosts of pronunciations past. The word 'knight', with its silent 'k', and silent 'gh', is cognate with the German word for servant, 'knecht', where every letter is pronounced. Silent 'e' (eg, tot vs tote) is a bit more of a complicated story. In Chaucer's day, the 'e' was pronounced. So, in a word like 'bite' (not a real old-English example, but simpler for exposition) the 'e' at the end would have meant that the word was pronounced bi.te, with two syllables.