Origin of the word “OK”

There have been numerous attempts to explain the emergence of this expression, which seems to have swept into popular use in the US during the mid-19th century. Most of them are pure speculation. It does not seem at all likely, from the linguistic and historical evidence, that it comes from the Scots expression och aye, the Greek ola kala (‘it is good’), the Choctaw… Read More

Hold Your Horses (new: audio included!)

BBC Learning English is an excellent tool to improve your English skills. Transcript William: Hello and welcome to The English We Speak. My name is William Kremer. Li: And I’m Li. William, what’s our phrase today? William: Well, hold on a second Li, let me just play you – Li: No, come on, tell me… Read More

Whose idea was it to add cheese to the hamburger?

Adding cheese to hamburgers became popular in the late-1920s to mid-1930s, and there are several competing claims as to who created the first cheeseburger. Lionel Sternberger is reputed to have invented the cheeseburger in 1926 at the age of 16 when he was working as a fry cook at his father’s Pasadena, California sandwich shop,… Read More

Neuroscientists Find That Men And Women Respond Differently To Stress

Functional magnetic resonance imaging of men and women under stress showed neuroscientists how their brains differed in response to stressful situations. In men, increased blood flow to the left orbitofrontal cortex suggested activation of the “fight or flight” response. In women, stress activated the limbic system, which is associated with emotional responses. There are many… Read More

Enquanto muitos acham que o mundo é plano, outros já exploraram as bordas e descobriram que não é

Desenvolvido inicialmente para o público brasileiro, o blog da BIRD GEI foi criado em janeiro de 2010 através do conceito “edutain” (em inglês educate + entertain) ou educar e entreter. Naquele mês tivemos 8 acessos, mas hoje estamos comemorando mais de meio milhão, para ser mais preciso 532.492 “views”, 298.260 visitantes (média de 1,78 views por visitante,… Read More

BIRD GEI: O que faz um consultoria de idiomas?

Novembro, 2002, artigo publicado no O Estado de S. Paulo “Até meados de 1990, o Brasil era um país onde as empresas e as pessoas podiam enclausurar-se em seus territórios e viver da ilusão de que, quanto mais independentes da tecnologia, das negociações e do intercâmbio cultural, melhor. De lá para cá, todos sabemos o… Read More