Why Are There Four Silent Letters in the Word “Queue”?

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What are Silent Letters? In English pronunciation, the term silent letter is used for the letters or the combination of alphabets that are not pronounced. For example, “c” scissors, “k” in knife, “t” in listen, “g” in design, etc.  Types of Silent Letters These can be broadly classified into: 1. Dummy Silent … Read more

Are The People with Braces Buried with the Braces On?

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An interesting question that might pop up in mind related to dentistry is the fate of braces when the person dies. Death is imminent and factual. It has to happen to everybody. However, the process of burial or cremation can be decided beforehand. You can write a will or have someone close … Read more

Are Eyebrows and Eyelashes Considered Facial Hair?

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No! Facial hair refers to the hair of the face, grown usually on the chin, cheeks, and upper lip area. Hence it represents beard, mustache, and sideburns – not the eyebrows and eyelashes. Facial hair is the secondary sex characteristic of a male. Females also tend to develop facial hair, especially after … Read more

Does Astrology Work in Real Life?

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The debate about whether astrology actually works or not is divided mainly between the scientists and the believers. Most scientists state that astrology does not work, but those who believe in this concept will disagree. However, neither party is really wrong.  Astrology refers to the concept that the alignment of the moons, … Read more

Are Wooden Houses the Hallmark of Americans?

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Ever wonder why most of the American houses are not made of concrete and brick but woods? Why is the United States not building homes using bricks even after repeated natural disasters? Despite having so many advantages, wood is used instead of bricks for several reasons. As compared to brick houses, wooden … Read more

What Were Roman Snickel ways?

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The word “Snickelways” first appeared in the book of author Mark W. Jones in 1983 entitled A Walk Around the Snickel ways of York. Jones coined the term, and was a portmanteau of the word snicket, meaning a passageway between walls or fences, ginnel, a narrow passage between or through buildings, and alleyway, a … Read more

What is the difference between economic recession and depression?

What is the difference between economic recession and depression

An economic depression is considered a longer form of a recession. A recession is determined by two or more consecutive quarters of negative GDP growth, while a depression is measured in years and not quarters. During the Great Recession, the United States experienced six quarters of negative GDP growth (from the 3rd … Read more