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What relation to you is your cousin’s child?

March 1, 2017 | Author: | Posted in Home & Family

Cousin is derived through French from Latin consobrinus, “the child of one’s mother’s sister.” Consobrinus was formed from con and soror (“sister”). The term was used loosely for various degrees of relationship before it acquired its present meaning. At one time it signified little more than “kinsman” or “kinswomen.” Formerly cousin, often shortened to coz, …

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What is the color of Negro babies at birth?

February 2, 2017 | Author: | Posted in Babies

That the Negro enters the world with a skin as light as that of the Caucasian is a common notion. Frequently travelers refer to the faintly colored newly born children of the black race. In 1911 Eliezer Edwards, in Words, Facts and Phrases, quoted Sir R. Phillips as having written: “The children of the blackest …

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What causes pounding in hot-water pipes?

January 29, 2017 | Author: | Posted in Plumbing

The pounding and banging in hot-water and steam pipes is called water hammer or hydraulic shock. This snapping noise is produced by moving water thrown against the sides of the pipes when hot steam comes in contact with cooler water and condenses suddenly. A clanking sound is produced when a water pipe is hit with …

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What is a weed?

December 30, 2016 | Author: | Posted in Gardening

Weed, which is of unknown origin, is a relative term. In the most widely accepted sense, a weed is any troublesome and useless plant growing on cultivated ground to the injury of the crop or vegetation desired. The Oxford dictionary defines the term as “a herbaceous plant not valued for use or beauty, growing wild …

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