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Could you tell me the origin of the phrase, "passing the buck?"
What is the name of the "@" symbol? We know "&" is an ampersand but "@" eludes us. Can you help?
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Besides English, what are the most popular languages spoken in the U.S.?
How many spoken languages are there in the world?
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What does the RSVP stand for when responding back to an invitation?
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What does the "D" in D-Day stand for?
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What are the five most common words in the English language?
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Do people actually speak Esperanto?
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Why are policemen called "cops"?
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Is it "A historian" or "AN historian"? I've seen both.
Why is unwanted e-mail referred to as "spam"?
How often is a bimonthly meeting held?
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What does "auld lang syne" actually mean?
In what direction is Arabic read?
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Why is New York City called the Big Apple?
What is a group of rhinoceroses called?
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Where did the dollar sign originate?
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How did the petri dish get its name?
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What is a "Hail Mary" in football?