Words That Should Exist In English 4

I love being concise (although you probably wouldn't know it from speaking with me!), so welcome to my 4th entry with short words in other languages that have amazingly specific meanings!

Reader's Digest thankfully found these for me in the book The Meaning of Tingo by Adam Jacot de Boinod.

Zhaghzhagh (Persian): The chattering of teeth from cold or from rage.

Yuputka (Ulwa): The phantom sensation of something crawling under your skin.

Cotisuelto (Caribbean Spanish): One who wears how shirttail outside of his trousers.

Pana Po'o (Hawaiian): To scratch your head in order to help you remember something.

Here's an example short sentence to help you all incorporate these into your daily speech:

"When the cotisuelto felt a yuputka, he pana po'oed to figure out why, but noticing he had zhaghzhagh, too, he figured he was just cold."


If you liked those - you should pick up the book. It's apparently jam-packed with character-saving words like these.


Why Do We Celebrate July 4th With Fireworks?

This actually dates back to the day before the Declaration of Independence was signed!

According to slate.com:
Why do we commemorate Independence Day by setting off thousands of small explosions? 
Because John Adams wanted us to. Before the Declaration of Independence was even signed, he envisioned fireworks as a part of the festivities. In a letter to Abigail Adams on July 3, 1776, he wrote that the occasion should be commemorated "with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.” The first commemorative Independence Day fireworks were set off on July 4, 1777. The Pennsylvania Evening Post wrote that in Philadelphia, “The evening was closed with the ring of bells, and at night there was a grand exhibition of fireworks (which began and concluded with thirteen rockets) on the Commons, and the city was beautifully illuminated.”
Not a bad thing to add to your great legacy, John Adams!