Monthly Archives: October 2015


If you hear the word Jack-o’-lantern, you likely picture a hollowed-out pumpkin with carved eyes and mouth lit by a candle inside the pumpkin. Some are scary and some are funny. However, the association between carved pumpkins, now an iconic

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What do you picture when you hear the word tawdry? You probably think of something cheap or gaudy: maybe some loud shirt that people wore to discos in the ’70s; maybe a woman’s bright yellow silk necktie with purple and

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Walnut, acorn, almond, chestnut, hazelnut. Those are all nutty-sounding names for nuts. But filbert? Where did that one come from? Filbert is an alternative name for a hazelnut. The present spelling came into usage in the late fourteenth century. It

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