Colonel

Why is the word colonel pronounced like it has an “r” in it?

The American word, colonel, was derived from the French word, coronel, through a process called dissimilation. In the 1500's, English borrowed a handful of military...
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Why are there two Koreas?

The division of Korea into North Korea and South Korea occurred after World War II in 1945, ending the Empire of Japan's nearly four-decade-long...
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Was Colonel Sanders a real colonel?

Colonel Sanders was really a colonel, but not a military colonel. "Kentucky Colonel" is an honorary title awarded to an individual in Kentucky by the...
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Where is the hottest place on Earth?

There are different types of temperature measurements so it depends on which type of measurement we are talking about when answering this question. I...
Fortnight

What is a fortnight?

The etymology of the word fortnight is rather bland. It’s short for “fourteen nights." More specifically, it comes from the Old English word, "fēowertīene niht,"...

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