Welcome to Stuff I Learned Yesterday. My name is Darrell Darnell, we had so much food left over from Christmas that I ate the same thing for lunch and dinner 7 meals in a row, and I believe that if you aren’t learning, you aren’t living. In today’s episode of Stuff I Learned Yesterday we’re back with another installment of the Friday Forum.

Today’s Fun Fact: Got big plans for the weekend? New Year’s Eve is one of those days where most of us stay up late, hang out with friends, drink champagne, watch fireworks around the world via your TV set, or maybe even go to a local event and see them in person. As the clock strikes midnight we’ll give our significant other a kiss and sing Auld Lang Syne. Do you know the real words to the song? Better yet, do you know what it means or where it comes from? (Source: How Stuff Works)

Isn’t it funny how it’s possible to sing and hear a song so many times and have no idea what it means? And wouldn’t it be funny if it meant “Big Pink Elephants”? A good sub-question is, what language is it?

It turns out that “Auld Lang Syne” is an extremely old Scottish song that was first written down in the 1700s. Robert Burns is the person whose transcription got the most attention, so the song is associated with him.

According to [The Augusta Chronicle], a good translation of the words “auld lang syne” is “times gone by.” So (incorporating a couple of other translations) when we sing this song, we are saying, “We’ll drink a cup of kindness yet for times gone by.”

And for the record, here are the real lyrics according to Wikipedia.

Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind?
Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and old lang syne?

For auld lang syne, my dear,
for auld lang syne,
we’ll take a cup of kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.

Friday Forum
Today is the final Friday Forum!! Thank you to each of you who have participated throughout the year. In today’s episode of Stuff I Learned Yesterday I share contributions from Angela, Therissa, Andrew, Jess, and No One Special.

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