Saturday, April 7, 2018

Brand New Today

I found an article on how to use the boolean operators in a Google search.  It is  in this article on 'advanced Google search operators' HERE

So I tried out the search "brand new *" which is to search for 'brand new .... anything.

First, let's start with the meaning of the phrase brand new. I've thought of it as something like 'fresh from the box' and 'never been used or seen before' and 'completely new'.

It is the word brand in the expression that caught my attention.    So I went to the Merriam-Webster dictionary and find out that "brand" means: 
  • a charred piece of wood
  • firebrand
  • something (such as lightning) that resembles a firebrand
The meaning is 'fresh from the fire'.  So an interesting and curious origin of the phrase.

Returning to the search, there are lots of brand new things - homes, songs such as Sting's "Brand New Day", Bob Dylan's "Brand new leopard-skin pillbox hat."  There's a band named Brand New.

Disney has a brand new theme park in the works in Tokyo, and there are many new products launched on the market that are 'brand new'.

Are there any brand new jokes?  Here are two that claim to be brand new.

Father: “Son, you were adopted.”

Son: “What?! I knew it! I want to meet my biological parents!”

Father: “We are your biological parents. Now pack up, the new ones will pick you up in 20 minutes.”

A linguistics professor says during a lecture that, "In English, a double negative forms a positive. But in some languages, such as Russian, a double negative is still a negative. However, in no language in the world can a double positive form a negative." But then a voice from the back of the room piped up, "Yeah, right."

I hope these are 'brand new' train module pictures today!

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