a ventilated enclosure for storing or experimenting with chemicals with harmful vapours
Words Bookworms Mispronounce Because We Read Them FirstBooks teach us new words, but we're left to our own devices when it comes to pronunciation. Sometimes, we use phonic clues and do ourselves proud, but then there are the other times . . . when we're completely at a loss. Take a look at some of the words butchered by Dictionary.com fans who admit they learned them while reading.
Holy $#!%: Where Did The Symbolic Swear Come From?Why is @#$%&! naughty? When the force of a swear word is too extreme (but some form of cuss must be used) symbolic stand-ins have long been used for lewdness. Suffice it to say, any emotional keyboard-striker can blurt out something that people perceive as a sub for swears. Whether it’s to diminish the force of swear, to get around censorship rules, or maybe just because symbols are @#$%ing cool …
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