Fandango’s One Word Challenge (12 October 2020)

Did you know that, in chemistry, another name for Sulphuric Acid is Oil of Vitriol?

Sulphuric Acid is a nasty substance, very corrosive. Its main use is in the manufacture of fertilizer.

for Fandango’s One Word Challenge (FOWC), vitriol.

Author: Mister Bump UK

Formerly Stroke Survivor UK. Designed/developed IT systems for banks, but had a stroke in 2016, aged 48. Returned to developing from home, plus do some voluntary work. Married, with a grown-up, left-home daughter.

23 thoughts on “Fandango’s One Word Challenge (12 October 2020)”

        1. I first had in mind a poem, but as I thought, I thought “I bet that’s a brand name” of some bleach, or something. Whilst I couldn’t find any product, I did find the chemistry link. But now that I found that, I probably won’t forget.
          Do you remember the day I posted about facetious? That’s another odd fact!

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          1. Yes, I do remember… it falls to the category of words we often see on books but don’t care check what it means πŸ˜…πŸ˜…πŸ˜… and as a person whose mother tongue isn’t English, I often encounter words that I don’t know how to pronounce, I just read them silently πŸ˜…

            Vitriol does have that brandish feels…

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            1. My grandad was not an educated man, but in later life used to love reading cheap paperback cowboy fiction. We, of course, asked him what he did when he came across words he didn’t understand. His response was that he just skipped them!
              What is your first language? I admire anybody who can maintain something like a blog in a foreign language. I know a Belgian blogger who reads/writes English incredibly well, and I follow an Indian guy who posts in English, but the simplicity of his posts make it clear that English isn’t his first language. I tend to “like” everything he posts just because it might encourage him.

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              1. I am from the Philippines and I was raised there… we were part of the generation that spoke Filipino all throughout… unlike Filipino kids these days, I mean like my son… his mother tongue is English and barely understands Filipino.

                I love writing the way I talk… hence the blabbermouth-ish feels, because I am generally like that, I do get good IELTS scores but as a Filipino who isn’t exposed to a lot of English speaking folks, I do struggle with pronunciation at times…and my cousins who were born and raised in the States would make fun of me because you know, the more you talk, the more mistakes you make… although that’s the kind of mockery that I don’t mind.. gone are the days that I get offended for not knowing things… hehehe

                One example is Hermioneβ€” When I first read Harry Potter, I’d pronounce it differently πŸ˜…πŸ˜…πŸ˜… until the movie came… thank God for the movie!

                Your grandfather was a wise man! Why make life difficult, right?!!πŸ˜…πŸ˜…πŸ˜…

                But honestly, youtube and google helped me a lot… being able to listen to the actual pronunciation of words have prevented a lot of possible embarrassments on my part πŸ˜…πŸ˜…πŸ˜…

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                1. Kumusta Janis.
                  I always thought that because the Phillipines covers such a large area, there would be several languages, but “Filipino” sounds pretty dominant.
                  I had similar problems learning French – British pronunciation is generally terrible and it was only really when I used to visit France that I picked it up properly. And, trying and failing is absolutely how we learn.

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                  1. Mabuti (I am good)

                    There are lots of dialects but we (our family) are from the region that speaks Tagalog (the generic Filipino language) so we did not learn how to speak the actual dialect from our province although the children are now being taught a mandatory subject called mother tongue which is the dialect of one’s province so if I were a primary school student in the Philippines, for people like me who lives in a province that spoke a dialect called Kapampangan, it will be so hard for me to cope having been raised in a Tagalog region.

                    Yes, we learn from mistakes and by trying to get better at it, for next time 😊

                    Is French being taught at British schools as second language?

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                    1. No, we are very conceited. It is possible to graduate without any other language.
                      However, other languages are offered as optional courses. Several languages are offered, I think the most common are French and German. Back when I was at school, I studied Latin (although I was not much good).

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                    2. Although Latin is a dead language… I am fascinated by it and by the people who know of it… like you, my sister did study Latin for her Music/Theater Degree, she’s amazing! Although she says she isn’t an expert, but who would know right? As long as it sounds good… πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

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                    3. I am sure that if you use it more, you’d be better at it eventually.. who else takes Latin? Lawyers? Got any lawyer friends to practice with? or Priests perhaps?

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