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“Seven year itch” originally referred to scabies

Via: Tywkdbi

The seven-year itch that [Thoreau] had in mind was an infection by a mite which lays its eggs in burrows under the skin. Its medical name is scabies, whose name comes appropriately from Latin scabere, toscratch.

It was once extremely common in all kinds of situations and historical American sources are full of names for it, among them Indiana itch, Illinois itch, Jackson itch, Cuban itch, prairie itch, camp itch, army itch, ship itch, jail itch, mattress itch, swamp itch, winter itch, barley itch and grain itch.

It was very hard to treat before effective insecticides came along…

Because it was so hard to get rid of, a story grew up in North America that those who got the itch were stuck with it for the next seven years.

The phrase was sometimes later reinterpreted to mean that it would recur after seven years, or would reappear every year for seven years.

Found at World Wide Words, where the discussion continues as to how and why the phrase was adapted as the title of the famous movie.



Seriously, I could have gone all day, without learning this.

oh well


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Keep calm and carry on

Via: Tywkiwdbi

A boy sits amid the ruins of a London bookshop following an air raid on October 8, 1940, reading a book titled “The History of London.”
(AP Photo)
This boy exemplifies the attitude in the now-famous poster.
Via: Shorpy.com  – Always Something Intersting’
Designed by the British Ministry of Information during WWII, the Keep Calm and Carry On poster was used to calm the nerves of the public and help boost morale, circa 1939.

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(3 of 3) Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY)

“The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.”

– July 10, 2011




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(2 of 3) Debt Ceiling Deal Will Cost 1.8 Million Jobs In 2012

Via: Think Progrress

The Economic Policy Institute, a top nonpartisan think tank, estimates that the deal struck this weekend to raise the nation’s debt limit will end up costing the economy 1.8 million jobs by 2012.

Today the Senate is expected to approve the package passed yesterday by the House and send it to President Obama. But while the unemployment rate remains above 9 percent, the deal does nothing to address chronic joblessness.

The agreement would reduce spending by at least $1 trillion over 10 years, but even the near-term cuts could shrink already sluggish GDP growth by 0.3% in 2012. According to EPI, the plan “not only erodes funding for public investments and safety-net spending, but also misses an important opportunity to address the lack of jobs.” In particular, the immediate spending cuts and the “failure to continue two key supports to the  economy (the payroll tax holiday and emergency unemployment benefits for the long term unemployed) could lead to roughly 1.8 million fewer jobs in 2012.”



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(1 of 3) Welcome to the Double-Dip!

‘Americans Cut Spending for First Time in 20 Months’

Via: New York Times

Americans cut their spending in June for the first time in nearly two years after seeing their incomes grow by the smallest amount in nine months. The latest data offered a troubling sign for an economy that is adding few jobs and barely growing.

Consumer spending dropped 0.2 percent in June, the Commerce Department said Tuesday. It was the first decline since September 2009.

Some of the decline was the result of food and energy prices moderating after sharp increases earlier this year. When excluding spending on those items, consumer spending was flat.

Still, consumers also cut back on big-ticket items, such as cars and appliances, which help drive growth.

Incomes rose 0.1 percent, the smallest gain since September. Many people are also pocketing more of their paychecks. The personal savings rate rose to 5.4 percent of after-tax incomes, the highest level since August 2010.

The data confirmed last week’s report that showed the economy expanded at an annual rate of just 1.3 percent in the spring after ONLY 0.4 percent growth in the first three months of the year. It also highlighted that consumer spending softened at the end of the April-June quarter, which could mean the sluggish economy is worsening.

Stocks fell after the report was released. The Dow Jones industrial average dropped more than 100 points in morning trading. Broader indexes also declined.

“The recent run of weak economic news has made us more concerned that any rebound will be more modest than previously looked likely,” said Paul Dales, senior U.S. economist at Capital Economics.

High gas prices and unemployment have squeezed household budgets this spring. Many Americans are cutting back on purchases of cars, furniture, appliances and electronics. Consumer spending is closely watched because it accounts for 70 percent of economic activity.

Employers have responded by reducing hiring. The economy added just 18,000 net jobs in June, the fewest in nine months. The unemployment rate rose to 9.2 percent, the highest level this year.

The government issues its July employment report on Friday.

Businesses are creating fewer jobs despite reporting strong earnings and sitting on large cash reserves.

“What worries me is that businesses are deriving their strong earnings growth through productivity gains, limited wage increases and foreign activities,” said Joel Naroff of Naroff Economic Advisors. “While that may be good for anindividual firm, when most companies do that, income gains become so limited that spending and ultimately growth fades. That is the problem we are now facing.”



 ‘… income gains become so limited that spending and ultimately growth fades’; more likely, DISAPPEAR!

And, I can hear the teabaggers now, “They should have cut MORE!”


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