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What is a fourflusher?

January 11, 2017 | Author: | Posted in Poker

A fourflusher, in common parlance, is a bluffer, braggart or cheat. The term originated in the popular indoor diversion known as poker. In this card game a flush consists of five cards of the same suit, all spades, hearts, diamonds or clubs. If a player gets four cards of one suit and one card of …

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What is an inferiority complex?

January 10, 2017 | Author: | Posted in Psychology

Complex is used by psychologists to denote, according to Webster’s International dictionary, “a system of desires and memories, especially a repressed and unconscious system which in disguised form exerts a dominating influence upon the personality.” The Standard dictionary defines the term as “a group of mental contents which have become consolidated into a unit mass.” …

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Do snakes go blind during dog days?

January 9, 2017 | Author: | Posted in Zoology

There is only a grain of truth in the old belief that snakes go blind during dog days. Before sloughing its skin a snake assumes a dull grayish color and appears to be blind. Shortly before shedding, the eyes of snakes have a milky appearance, owing to the separation of the outer layer of the …

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What is the meaning of “and/or”?

January 8, 2017 | Author: | Posted in Language, Legal, Literature

And/or is a device frequently found in legal and commercial documents and means “either both or only one” and indicates that the idea expressed is both distributive and inclusive. “John Brown and/or Paul Jones” signifies the same as “John Brown and Paul Jones or either of them”; that is, they are responsible individually as well …

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How do broadswords differ from small swords?

January 7, 2017 | Author: | Posted in History

The broadsword has a long cutting edge and usually an obtuse or blunt point. It is a distinctively military sword and was originally so called because of its broad blade. In 1842 James Shields challenged Abraham Lincoln to a duel and the latter chose as weapons “cavalry broadswords of the largest size.” A thrusting sword, …

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What time of day is evening?

January 6, 2017 | Author: | Posted in General Knowledge

Evening has been applied to different parts of the day at different times and places. The term is derived from Anglo-Saxon aefen, which is akin to after and which signified “late” or “behind.” Originally the evening was merely the latter part of the day. Strictly speaking, according to modern usage, evening is from sunset to …

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Can a peacock be a female?

January 5, 2017 | Author: | Posted in Zoology

In popular speech any peafowl is called a peacock, whether male or female. Strictly speaking, only the male should be called a peacock. The female is properly called a peahen. Peafowl is the proper term to apply to the birds when speaking of them generally without reference to sex. The young are known as peachicks. …

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How did “stealing thunder” originate?

January 4, 2017 | Author: | Posted in Drama

John Dennis (1657-1734), an English dramatist and critic, was responsible for the expression to steal one’s thunder. In 1709 his play Appius and Virginia was produced at Drury Lane in London, and for its production the playwright introduced a new method of simulating thunder on the stage. Previously stage thunder was produced by large bowls. …

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Is steam visible?

January 3, 2017 | Author: | Posted in Science

Strictly speaking, steam is invisible. The term is properly applied to the transparent gas or vapor into which water is converted when heated to the boiling point. The visible mist commonly called steam, which consists of minute droplets of water in the air, is not formed until the water vapor has cooled and condensed.

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Is part of a ten-dollar bill redeemable at face value?

January 2, 2017 | Author: | Posted in Central Banking

Three-fifths or more of a mutilated United States paper currency bill, note or certificate is redeemable at face value by the United States Treasury Department. When less than three-fifths, but clearly more than two-fifths of the original bill remains it is redeemable at one-half of the face value of the original bill. However, fragments containing …

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