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Nancy in Panama City Beach, Florida, remembers that as a girl, whenever she asked why her mother was looking at her, her mother would respond, Well, can’t the cat look at the queen? This phrase goes all the way back to the mid-16th century. via Pocket

Mark from Los Angeles, California, is curious about the slang term gank, meaning to steal. via Pocket

If you’re of a certain age, you may remember the smell of pages from ditto machines. Before those fragrant pages, there were sheets printed by mimeographs. Both the words ditto and mimeograph were originally brand names. via Pocket

Julie in Nantucket, Massachussetts, was tickled when her father used the expression weak as hen turd tea. via Pocket

Eric in Fairbanks, Alaska, notes the use of the phrase I’m just saying as a way to soften one’s comment or avoid responsibility for an observation. Linguists, who’ve been studying this phrase since the early 2000s, call such a statement a rhetorical backoff. via Pocket

How colors got their names, and a strange way to write. The terms “blue” and “orange” arrived in English via French, so why didn’t we also adapt the French for black and white? Plus, not every example of writing goes in one direction across the page. via Pocket


MQTA S3 E14…… Bendable toy can be programed by an App and it can be activated remotely…. A brother tried saving his sister embarrassment by hiding a “Pencil Holder”…. via Pocket

The declaration of a “Space Force” is probably as close as we are going to get to government disclosure for the time being. And while 2017 may have the year of confirmation, 2018 is the year of acclimation. via Pocket

New studies about microbiome effects on the gut actually suggest that brain function is affected by what is churning away inside you. via Pocket

Today, President Donald Trump abruptly reversed himself and signed an executive order halting his administration’s policy of separating children from their parents when they are detained illegally crossing the U.S. border. via Pocket
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