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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 …

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 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 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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