A Bit of Lit (part 1)

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*the Bible is the number one best-selling book in history

*Don Quixote is the number one best-selling novel in history

*Dr. Seuss originally pronounced his pseudonym as “sois” because it was German.

*Ogden Nash died of complications from a bad dish of coleslaw

* C. S. Lewis coined the word “verbicide”–it means “killing a word’s meaning.”

* Jane Austen, author of Regency era romances, never married

*sesquipedalia verba means “foot-long words” in Latin

* Evelyn Waugh’s first wife’s name was also Evelyn

*Dickens gave Bleak House a “growlery” for Mr. Jarndyce to retreat to when the “wind was in the east.”

*Les Miserable contains a sentence 823 words long

*It took Noah Webster thirty-six years to finish his first dictionary

*John Keats trained to be a doctor but died of tuberculosis

*Queen Elizabeth I wrote poetry

*The song “It’s a Grand Thing To Be a Christian” takes its tune from the chorus of “It’s a Long Way to Tipperary”

–photo by Libby

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