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  1. Cooking Terms Every Thanksgiving Foodie Should Know

  2. The Popular Story About Black Friday’s Name Is A Myth

    After Thanksgiving feasts come Black Friday sales. But, where did Black Friday come from? Black Friday myths While many people believe the term Black Friday finds its roots in the sense of black meaning “showing a profit; not showing any losses,” this isn’t actually the case. Historically, black has been associated with days of economic stress as opposed to days of booming commercial success. The first Black …

  3. Which Came First: Turkey The Bird, Or Turkey The Nation?

    The republic of Turkey (look north of Egypt, east of Greece) isn’t exactly a breeding ground for the bird that Americans associate with Thanksgiving. In fact, the turkey is native to North America … so, why do they share the same name? Let’s get the word facts The word turkey has been used to refer to “land occupied by the Turks” since the 1300s and …

  4. Yams Vs. Sweet Potatoes: What’s The Difference?

    If you’re not arguing about politics or whether or not it’s time for Grandma to get some more grandchildren, there’s one topic that’s always guaranteed to make a splash at the Thanksgiving dinner table: Are those  yams  or sweet potatoes  in your holiday casserole? Wait a second, aren’t they the same thing? Not according to the dictionary! Yams vs. sweet potatoes Yams and sweet potatoes …

  5. Why The Turducken Is One Of The Best Word Plays Of All Time

    It’s Thanksgiving time, and while some folks will be piling their plates with turkey and mashed potatoes, we can’t pass on the opportunity to consider a dish named with one of the greatest portmanteaus of all time: the turducken . Let’s talk turducken A portmanteau is a blended word that’s made by putting together parts of other words—like motel, made from motor and hotel, or …

  6. Recite These Drunken Quotes At Your Next Happy Hour

  7. What’s The Difference Between Socialism And Communism?

    Socialism has three main meanings: 1. a theory or system of social organization that advocates the vesting of the ownership and control of the means of production and distribution, of capital, land, etc., in the community as a whole. 2. procedure or practice in accordance with this theory. 3. (in Marxist theory) the stage following capitalism in the transition of a society to communism, characterized by …

  8. 8 Election Words To Know Before You Vote

  9. Made-up Words Said By The People In Charge

  10. Why November Is The 11th Month

    A new November has arrived, and whether it means pulling out your winter coat, adding another blanket to your bed, or searching for the perfect pumpkin pie recipe, it’s time to begin preparation for the winter months. The etymology of our 11th month, however, speaks little to its role in the course of the year. November follows the same pattern as the months before it, …

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