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Was Cleopatra a blonde or brunette?

April 9, 2017 | Author: | Posted in Celebrities

There is just as much reason for supposing that Cleopatra was a blonde as there is for supposing that she was a brunette. According to the popu­lar conception, she was a decided brunette, with dark skin, dark eyes and dark hair, and she is frequently referred to as the “dark queen of Egypt.” But historical …

How did “bunk” originate?

January 24, 2017 | Author: | Posted in General Knowledge, History, Language, Literature

The original form of this word was Buncombe, which has been corrupted into bunkum and bunk. It originated in the United States House of Representatives on February 25, 1820, at the close of the historic debate on the Missouri Compromise. Felix Walker, a naive old mountaineer, represented the North Carolina district including Buncombe County. He …

How did “passing the buck” originate?

January 16, 2017 | Author: | Posted in Poker

This expression, which means shifting responsibility, originated in the cardroom. In various card games a counter or marker is placed on the table before one of the players to remind him of his turn to deal. This marker, which is to prevent mistakes as to the position of the deal, is called the buck and …

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When did the round “s” supplant the long “s”?

January 15, 2017 | Author: | Posted in Literature

The modern form of the letter s began to be used in print to the exclusion of the old f form or long s about the time of the American Revolution. Before that time it was customary for printers to use both forms of the letter. The long or cursive s was used any place …

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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 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 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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How is “Eyre” pronounced in “Jane Eyre?”

December 27, 2016 | Author: | Posted in Literature

Eyre in Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte’s famous novel, is correctly pronounced as if spelled air. It is frequently mispronounced ire, to rhyme with dire. The proper pronunciation of the heroine’s surname is indicated in Chapter XI of the book in the following dialogue between Jane Eyre and her pupil, little Adele wrens: “And Mademoiselle—what is …

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