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Along with fucktard, cockbite, dickwad, douchebag, and jackass, asshat is a wonderfully spondaic profanity used by speakers of Late Modern English, especially on the Internet, for describing somebody whose complete lack of consideration toward others is only overcome by their similarly-impressive stupidity about how they perform their interpersonal disservices.

Much like a hat for one's posterior, the asshat is somebody…

Fearnought, most properly, was a thick woollen cloth often used on sailing ships in the late 1700s through the 1800s. It was used for all sorts of things -- covering portholes, helping to line and seal the door to the powder magazine, and most particularly, protecting the sailors from the weather.

Which brings us to the most common meaning of the word fearnought, AKA a dreadnaught; this thick cloth was used to make the thick cloaks or jackets (and less…

Game-based learning is pretty much what it says on the tin: it's the use of a game to teach specific skills or concepts. For instance, most of us are familiar with online typing games that help people assess and improve their keyboarding skills. There are plenty of educational games that are directly designed to teach concepts such as the many offerings at Game Classroom or The Beer Game, which…

In Greek mythology, Cadmus, grandson of Poseidon, slaughtered a sacred dragon belonging to Ares, and Athena advised Cadmus to plant the dragon's teeth into the soil as though they were seeds. Cadmus planted half of them at Thebes, immediately, and the Spartoi - Σπαρτοί, literally "planted ones" - leapt out of the earth: quarrelsome mighty warriors. Cadmus initially thought the Spartoi were sent to slay him, and in his fear he tossed a stone at one of them, striking him. The warrior…