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Thursday, February 12, 2009

Where do we get the word denim from ?

If you have a pair of Jeans you will know that what they are made of is called denim, but do you know where the word comes from?
At first, it was used to describe a serge cloth made in Nimes, France – the original name was ‘serge de Nimes’. Gradually, these last two names were shortened and adapted to the word we know as denim, although now denim is made all over the world sand not just in Nimes.


Friday, February 6, 2009

How did the Oscar get its name?

In 1929, the first awards for best performances in films were made. These awards where shaped like as man, and a secretary at the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences on seeing one for the first time, remarked that it looked just like her uncle Oscar. The name stuck, and the awards have been called Oscars ever since.