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Silent S in Island

If you were stranded on a desert island, wouldn’t you get to thinking how odd it is that we don’t pronounce the s in island? It was added during the Renaissance in an attempt to make the word look more like its Latin source, insula. This...

Scissors, Paper, Rock

What’s the best way to win at scissors, paper, rock? Grant delves into the game’s various monikers, its roots going back centuries in Europe and Asia, and the role it plays among children learning about fairness. Studies have even been...

toga

toga  n.— «In Mexico and Europe over the past two to three years, 98 patients have had the new weight-loss surgery, named Toga (for transoral gastroplasty).» —“Weight-Loss Surgery, No Cutting Required” by Denise...

shooting brake

shooting brake  n.— «Mercedes calls the Fascination a modern twist on a body style known in Europe as the “shooting brake,” which, according to tradition, is a luxury coupe with the rear end of a wagon. As such, the Fascination...

cathedral thinking

cathedral thinking  n.— «Rogers described how he has embraced something called “cathedral thinking” and he was calling on the valley to join him. I cringed at first mention of the term, worried that he was going to digress into...

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