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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 …

What is a white elephant?

January 21, 2017 | Author: | Posted in General Knowledge

So-called white elephants are merely albinistic Indian elephants in which much of the usual dark pigment is absent from the skin, giving it a pale gray or yellowish color. Figuratively white elephant means a dignity or possession that is costly to maintain and that yields no profit. A person having such property is said to …

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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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