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What is a “shivaree”?

May 8, 2017 | Author: | Posted in Language

Charivari, in the sense of a mock serenade of a newly married couple, is popularly spelled and pronounced shivaree in the United States. It is a French term and is correctly spelled charivari and pronounced sha-reeĀ­va-ree in English. Some authorities suppose the word was of onomatopoeic or imitative origin and was suggested by the sound …

Why is Latin America so called?

April 28, 2017 | Author: | Posted in Language

The countries in the New World to the south of the United States are called Latin America because the prevailing languages are of Latin origin. France, Spain, Italy and Portugal are called Latin countries from the fact that their languages were influenced more by Latin than were the languages of other countries. For the same …

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Why is “colonel” pronounced “kurnel”?

April 10, 2017 | Author: | Posted in Language

Colonel is merely the English form of Italian colonello, diminutive of colonna, “column,” and literally means “little column.” At first the little column or company at the head of a regiment was called colonello, which in the course of time was transferred to the leader or commander of the column or regiment. The term passed …

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Why is a ten-cent piece called a dime?

April 6, 2017 | Author: | Posted in Language

Dime is derived from the Latin decem (“ten”) or decimus (“a tenth”). In the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries dime was applied in England to the tithe or tenth part of one’s income paid to the church. According to the King James Version of the Bible, the last part of Genesis 14:20 reads, “He gave him …

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What distinguishes a blond from a brunet?

March 2, 2017 | Author: | Posted in Human Physiology

Blond and brunet are relative terms. It is impossible to draw a sharp distinction between them. Many persons have both blond and brunet characteristics. Generally in such a classification the complexion of the skin and the color of the hair and the eyes are taken into consideration. A blond is a person with light or …

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