chortle \CHOR-tl\, transitive and intransitive verb:
- To utter, or express with, a snorting, exultant laugh or chuckle.
- A snorting, exultant laugh or chuckle.
Chortle a combination of chuckle and snort. It was coined by Lewis Carroll (Charles L. Dodgson), in Through the Looking-Glass, published in 1872.
productive procrastination n.
- Doing stuff to keep busy while avoiding what really needs doing. When all is said and done, your room is clean, your laundry is folded -- but you haven't started your English paper.
I should really do my program. But instead, I think it's time for some productive procrastination... Where's the mop??
- Daniel Webster: orator delivered his Seventh of March speech defending the Compromise of 1850 (1850)
- telephone: transmitter/receiver of sound was patented by Alexander Graham Bell (1876); exactly 50 years later, the first successful trans-Atlantic radio-telephone conversation took place, between New York City and London (1926)
- fair use: the US Supreme Court ruled in Campbell v. Acuff-Rose Music that parodies are not copyright infringements (1994)
- Luther Burbank 1849
- Pieter Mondrian 1872
- Maurice Ravel 1875
- Anna Magnani 1908
- Lee Young 1917 - Musician (Nat King Cole Trio)
- Mahlon Clark 1923 - Musician (Lawrence Welk's band)
- James Broderick 1927
- Lord Snowdon 1930 - Photographer
- Frank Morelli 1932
- Willard Scott 1934 - Television personality ("Today")
- Homero Blancas 1938
- Daniel J. Travanti 1940 - Actor ("Hill Street Blues")
- Michael York 1942
- Michael Eisner 1942 - Walt Disney CEO
- Tammy Faye Bakker 1942
- Billy MacMillan 1943
- Chris White 1943 - Musician (The Zombies)
- John Heard 1946
- Peter Wolf 1946 - Musician (J. Geils Band)
- Matthew Fisher 1946 - Musician (Procol Harum)
- Donna Loren 1947
- Hugo Ferreira 1974 - Musician (Tantric)
- Jenna Fischer 1974 - Actress ("The Office")
- Laura Prepon 1980 - Actress ("That 70s Show")