First, thanks to Tiger Woods:
What's in a word?What has happened to the standard of education when people don't know what trangression means?
Well, for Internet searchers, many aren't quite sure.
When Tiger Woods apologized today for "transgressions" after Us Weekly posted a voice mail of the world's No. 1 golfer talking to an alleged mistress, confused readers flooded Google with searches of the 14-letter word in search for clarity.
Google Trends, which lists in real-time the fastest rising searches on Google, lists "transgressions" as No. 1.
The search engine gave the query its highest ranking: volcanic.
To help you out, I've reached over to the Merriam Webster's Collegiate Dictionary on my desk for the definition:
• an act, process, or instance of transgressing: as a: infringement or violation of law, command, or duty b: the spread of the sea over land areas and the consequent uncomfortable deposit of sediments on older rocks
(We're pretty sure he meant the first part.)
I've mentioned my 20 x 20 question before (ask your teenager what 20 times 20 is; 90% won't say 400) and this is another example of not teaching the basics.
The next example comes from the world of cricket. Apparently, retired English captain Michael Vaughan has taken up art.
First it was tennis legend Martina Navratilova, and now former England cricket captain Michael Vaughan is using his sporting skills to produce art.Check out the so-called 'art'...
Vaughan, who led England to Ashes glory in 2005, has created a series of paintings by throwing paint-spattered cricket balls at canvasses, in a technique dubbed artballing.
The works -- with titles such as "Six!" and "Power Play" -- went on display Wednesday night at a gallery in London's upmarket department store Harrods.
"With my art it's been good to get away from cricket and switch off those thought processes required to captain at the highest level, the day-in day-out questioning of yourself and the team - the art is quite therapeutic," he said.
Vaughan, 35, who retired from professional cricket in June, admitted he first became interested in art when teammate Ashley Giles took him to trendy London galleries during rain-delayed Test matches.
"I tell people what I'm doing and they raise an eyebrow and say 'Oh, really?'. But then they see the finished works and it really takes them aback, which is great," the former batsman said.
A work entitled "183" commemorates his Ashes Test innings in Sydney in 2003, with a maroon ball spot for every single he scored, a red spot for every two, a pink spot for his fours and a solitary green spot for his only six.
Navratilova held an exhibition at Roland-Garros, home of the French Open Grand Slam tournament, in 2007 of her works produced by hitting balls soaked in paint against canvases, and bouncing them on canvases on the ground.
All that's missing is a government grant.
When bouncing painted balls against a canvas counts as art then there's nothing that doesn't.
In the bottom left (Vaughan's right) you can see that he signed the 'art', as well. Is he beyond embarrassment?