City and Guilds of London Institute
(in Britain) an examining body for technical and craft skills, many of the examinations being at a lower standard than for a degreeOften shortened to: City and Guilds
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. …
Why is New York City known as “the Big Apple” and “Gotham”?
New York City goes by many names, such as the “City that Never Sleeps” and the less humble “Center of the Universe.” But the Big Apple is the most kenspeckled. There are many rumors about the history of the nickname. Did the city used to be filled with apple orchards? Does the name originate with a brothel madam named Eve? Actually, the widespread use of …
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