noun (used with a plural verb) Chiefly Northern and North Midland U.S.
What is the “seven” in “7 UP?” What is the “root” in “root beer?”
Root beer and 7 Up are carbonated, sweetened beverages with peculiar names. What root is found in root beer? Burdock? Daikon? And what does the “7” represent? Good luck? The primary flavor of root beer was originally made using the root (or bark) of the sassafras plant. Sassafras is native to the Americas and was supposedly discovered by the Spanish in 1528. It is believed …
The City of “Denim” – And How “Jeans” and “Pants” Got Their Names
Whether they’re boot-legged, low-rise, or skinny, most Americans have at least one pair that they can’t live without. Blue jeans are as American as apple pie, right? Well, kind of. The word “jean” comes from the French jean fustian. Fustian is a type of twilled cotton cloth originally from Genoa, Italy. But the plural form of the word was first used in the United States, in 1843. …
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