16 November 2009
Previous • Next
Q.What's a 'pokey downer'?
A.A 'pokey downer' is the small, removable, plastic part found in a Clipper lighter. Its name originates from its usefulness in compacting roll-up smokes.
Q.How many points is the blank tile worth in scrabble?
A.Blank tiles in Scrabble have no value other than their usefulness. Even if you could use it on a triple letter scoring space as a Q, it still scores 0.
Q.In which year were farthings no longer legal tender ?
A.The farthing (which was worth a quarter of a penny) ceased to be legal tender on 31 Dec 1960. It had outlived its usefulness due to inflation.
Q.why is the word abbrevation so long?
A."Abbreviation" is so long in order that it can be abbreviated to "abbrev.", thus demonstrating its own usefulness. Original Latin was abbreviationem.