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Cream of the Cool

The etymology given by Webster below was in former days most credited, but the word is understood now to derive most probably from espada ropera, a Spanish term translating roughly to »dress sword« — that is, one suitable for civilian dress. As is common in English, the term was loaned via French, in which latter language it had become espée rapiére; hence the word rapier.

The flourishing period of the rapier is from the mid-16th century to the early 18th; it developed in…

"After we came out of the church, we stood talking for some time together of Bishop Berkeley's ingenious sophistry to prove the nonexistence of matter, and that every thing in the universe is merely ideal. I observed, that though we are satisfied his doctrine is not true, it is impossible to refute it. I never shall forget the alacrity with which Johnson answered, striking his foot with mighty force against a large stone, till he rebounded from it -

"Conure" is, in this case, a word representing a vaguely defined group of birds in the parrot order, psittaciformes. The term is usually used in aviculture rather than actual scientific ornithology as a way to differentiate bird breeds by size. Conures range in size from large parakeets (which in itself is a word used scientifically as a vague way of referring to even smaller parrot subspecies, or to Budgies if you're an American) to small true parrots. A lot of times…

The Virginia Gazette

The Virginia Gazette was a four-page colonial newspaper first published in Williamsburg, Virginia in 1736. Through four different iterations, it stayed in print until 1780. These iterations (sometimes competing) are denoted by the different publishers under whose leadership the Gazette continued. They are:

  1. 1736-1780, Virginia Gazette 1, printers - William Parks; William Hunter; Joseph Royle; Alexander Purdie;