Pip: The Definition of a Fun Word to Say

Quick question: What do you think of when you hear the word “pip?” do you think of a sound effect, slang from somewhere to take a peek at something, or maybe a shorter way of saying the name of the main character from the musical Pippin? Well today we are going to examine what that mysterious and really fun word to say really means.

Snapple Pip

Today’s Snapple fact is that “the dots on a domino are called pips.” In every game of dominoes you need to make sure that the pips match up with the correct pip number. A domino with five pips on one side and seven pips on the other would have to be matched with a domino that has seven pips on a side to match the domino on the left and another domino that has five pips on it for the right side of the original five-pip-seven-pip domino.

Dominos(Image from apkdownloadget.blogspot.com)

The above paragraph used the word “pip” nine times. Did I mention that it’s fun to say?

Anyway, after looking at dictionary.com, the use of the word “pip” extends to more than the dots on a domino—it can also count towards dots on playing cards and even dice. That means that the next time you need to roll dice you can count the number of pips that show up on what you roll and compare it to the pip result of the opponent’s dice roll.

It goes farther than that though. A pip is also another name for a seed that you would find in fruit like an apple or an orange. If anyone is curious, by the way, an apple has on average three to five pips.

But wait—the use of pip in the English language isn’t done there! A pip can also mean a disease that birds can get, what officers in the military use to show their rank, a bird breaking out of its shell, and it’s even British slang for winning against someone—and the slang can even go as far as shooting to wound or kill.

So don’t forget; the word “pip” isn’t only something that you count on the dominoes you play Mexican Train with your friends. It’s also in that delicious apple that you had for lunch or slang for that one time you actually beat your friends in Mexican Train, whenever that was. Hopefully no gun was involved though.

Final Verdict: True. The word “pip” means a dot on a domino, and much more than that as well.

Source:

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/pip?s=t

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Your Elementary School Teacher Lied to You

Unfortunately, I couldn’t find a Snapple fact among my collection that had to do with Valentine’s Day. However, with President’s Day coming up I thought it would be a good time for another Snapple fact: “George Washington had false teeth made of gold, ivory, and lead—but never wood.”George Washington Teeth

Sorry to disappoint you, but this fact is very true. People believe that his teeth were made from wood is because after a while the ivory in his dentures started to look like wood. The fact is that wood wasn’t used for dentures by dentists at all during the time.

While we’re on the topic, George Washington never chopped down a cherry tree either. Your elementary school teacher lied to you. Sorry you had to find out this way.

However, Washington’s teeth DID help him during the Revolutionary War. During the Yorktown Campaign in 1781, the British intercepted a letter from Washington asking for dental cleaning tools to be sent for him to New York, claiming that he will not be in Philadelphia. This lead the British forces to think that the American and French forces in New York would not go south and isolate the British base in Yorktown, and no reinforcements were necessary in the area. Considering the Battle of Yorktown was one of the biggest victories for America in the Revolutionary War (as in, the decisive victory for the Americans), it isn’t that difficult to figure out that the British were wrong.

So to sum up, if it wasn’t for Washington’s bad teeth, the Battle of Yorktown could have very well turned out differently. Go figure.

Final Verdict: True. Washington’s teeth were made of a lot of different materials, but wood was never one of them.

Sources:

http://www.mountvernon.org/george-washington/the-man-the-myth/the-trouble-with-teeth/

http://www.mountvernon.org/digital-encyclopedia/article/wooden-teeth-myth/

http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/battle-of-yorktown-begins