“IDIOM” - an expression in the usage of a language that is peculiar to itself In other words, it’s American Slang which you may not always get. In fact, idioms can make you totally lost in conversations! We Americans seem to roll them off our tongues very easily and we are so busy gabbing that we really are clueless when we even use them!
HTML has always been about interconnection. Back in the ancient days, when electronica
was cool and not called “house music” and before the Rolling Stones qualified
for Medicare, the web was littered with big huge documents. In fact, it was exactly the
opposite of today, where most people think enhanced digital books are just electronic
wrappers around full-text copies of what’s in print.
In the ’90s, the web was full of 15-page specifications, all in a single file. You scrolled
through those massive documents just like you paged through an encyclopedia.
The biography of Geoffrey Chaucer is no longer a mixture of unsifted facts, and of more or less hazardous
conjectures. Many and wide as are the gaps in our knowledge concerning the course of his outer life, and
doubtful as many important passages of it remain--in vexatious contrast with the certainty of other relatively
insignificant data--we have at least become aware of the foundations on which alone a trustworthy account of
it can be built.
It will be remembered by those connected with the military service that towards the end of the late Civil War,
there went through the camps and barracks of the volunteer soldiers agents of publishing houses busily
engaged in procuring material for "company histories," and still more anxiously soliciting subscriptions for
No undue liberties with history have been attempted in this romance. Few characters in the story are purely
imaginary. Doubtless the fastidious reader will distinguish these intruders at a glance, and very properly
ignore them. For they, and what they never were, and what they never did, merely sugar-coat a dose
disguised, and gild the solid pill of fact with tinselled fiction.