I was looking for the meaning of this saying. Seems an interesting sight too.
Q From K Mackay: I would appreciate your knowledge of the origin of the expression his nibs, which was always applied to my beloved, albeit autocratic, father.
A This is a mock title used to refer to a self-important man, especially one in authority. It is modelled after the pattern of references to the British aristocracy, such as his lordship. Most sources say something like “origin obscure”. It is first recorded in print about 1820, but is presumably older. There is some evidence that nibs is a variant form of nabs, and that both may have their origin in the ancient word neb, meaning a beak or nose, or more generally, the protruding bit of anything our word for the business end of a pen comes from the same root. Also, nib itself was once used as a slang term for a gentleman, as was another old slang word still to be heard, nob, and these could very probably be connected. Several early examples of the latter are spelled nab and his nabs is a variant recorded form of his nibs. It seems the vowel was highly fluid, not surprising considering the different dialects and periods it has come through. Perhaps the association with supposed social superiors may have something to do with people so elevated in self-importance that they “have their noses in the air”?
via World Wide Words: His nibs.
I’ve always been slightly amazed how the new car market is so readily embraced. I know it takes all those new car buyers to allow us used-car shoppers the luxury of so much inventory. I just want to stay in the ranks of the latter, not the former.
via 7 Ways My Clunker Is Smarter than a Hybrid | Wise Bread.
Investor Marc Faber said China’s economy will slow and possibly “crash” within a year as declines in stock and commodity prices signal the nation’s property bubble is set to burst.
via China May ‘Crash’ in Next 9 to 12 Months, Faber Says (Update3) – BusinessWeek.
The more TV a toddler watches, the higher the likelihood they will do badly at school and have poor health at the age of 10, researchers warn.
via BBC News – ‘Long-term harm’ of too much TV for toddlers.
Getting less than six hours sleep a night can lead to an early grave, UK and Italian researchers have warned.
via BBC News – Lack of sleep ‘linked to early death’.
Analysis of DNA from a Croatian cave reveals that we are not the pure Homo sapiens that we’d imagined
via You calling me a Neanderthal? You’re right | Chris Stringer – Times Online.
Cloud computing has been an information technology buzzword for many years. Now it is going mainstream.
via BBC News – Cloud computing for business goes mainstream.
For insight into what can happen when the Earth's carbon cycle is altered — a cause and consequence of climate change — scientists can look to an event that occurred some 720 million years ago.
via Global glaciation snowballed into giant change in carbon cycle.