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What makes the jumping bean jump?

March 13, 2017 | Author: | Posted in Zoology

Mexican jumping bean, jumping bean and broncho bean are popular names given to the separate cells of the seed pods of several varieties of swamp shrubs native to northern Mexico and southwestern United States. These shrubs belong to Euphorbiaceae, or spurge family. When the shrub is in bloom or shortly thereafter a bean moth (Carpocarpsa …

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What does “savvy” mean?

January 28, 2017 | Author: | Posted in Language

Savvy or savvey is an American corruption of Spanish sabe, a form of the verb saber, meaning “to know.” “Do you savvy?” is equivalent to Spanish “¿Sabe Usted?” Both mean, “Do you know?” Savvy was orig­inally acquired from the Mexicans by early ranchers in the Southwest who spelled and pronounced the word savvy rather than …

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