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  1. Where Did The Phrase “March Madness” Come From?

    When did March Madness begin to refer to basketball? The expression has referred to basketball games since 1908, but long before that March was associated with another kind of madness. What else does March Madness mean? Beginning in the mid-1900s, people began using March madness to refer to “a form of madness or uncharacteristic behaviour said to affect people in March” (according to the OED). The expression may have …

  2. How Do You Say “Basketball” In Latin?

    News of Pope Benedict XVI’s retirement has brought the Latin language to the front and center of minds worldwide. For one thing, the Pope announced his retirement in Latin. Giovanna Chirri, an Italian journalist assigned to the Vatican beat, was able to break the story before her peers thanks to her knowledge of the dead language.