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Friday, March 2, 2012

Who Invented the "Nerd"?

The first recorded instance of the word “nerd” appeared in "If I Ran the Zoo," by Theodor Seuss Geisel published in 1950.

And, yes, Theodor Geisel is the beloved Dr. Seuss the writer, poet and cartoonist known for his 46 children’s books including the bestselling the bestselling Green Eggs and Ham and The Cat in the Hat.

The lens through which Dr. Seuss saw the world speaks to adults as well as children. To celebrate his birthday (March 2, 1904), here are some words of wisdom for you grown up kids:

“I have heard there are troubles of more than one kind. Some come from ahead and some come from behind. But I've bought a big bat. I'm all ready you see. Now my troubles are going to have troubles with me!"

“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind.”

“Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened.”

"Why fit in when you were born to stand out?"

 “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You're on your own, and you know what you know. And you are the guy who'll decide where to go.”

“I meant what I said and I said what I meant.”

“Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try!”

"If you never did you should. These things are fun and fun is good."

“Today was good. Today was fun. Tomorrow is another one.”

"It's a troublesome world. All the people who're in it are troubled with troubles almost every minute. You ought to be thankful, a whole heaping lot,for the places and people you're lucky you're not."

“Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you-er than you!”

NOTE: Geisel's birthday, March 2, has been adopted as the annual date for National Read Across America Day, an initiative on reading created by the National Education Association.

ANOTHER NOTE: "Oh The Places You'll Go" is my favorite gift for friends and colleagues that have made the decision to change jobs or careers. It is the final Seuss book published before he passed away in 1990 and it sells about 300,000 copies every year (primarily as gifts for college and high school grads).

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

i think he might be a distant relative..!xo, wendy gsell..

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