History of Words


The Oath Of Office: Thirty-Five Words That Can Change History

Like clockwork, we hear the presidential oath of office every four years. Thirty-five words that basically give the incoming Chief Executive the keys to the proverbial car. And the nuclear launch codes. The National Museum of American History says that Article 2, Section 1 of the Constitution “requires that before presidents can assume their duties [...]

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    Friday the 13th Fears

    Can you turn to the person next to you, look them in the eye, and honestly say that you’ve never felt even a slight pang of concern when waking up on the morning of Friday the 13th? No? You’re not alone. Maybe it’s triskaidekaphobia, the fear of the number thirteen, that gets you down. But if [...]

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    The Origin of Black Friday

    With Thanksgiving feasts come Black Friday sales. While many people believe the term Black Friday finds its roots in the sense of black meaning “showing a profit; not showing any losses,” this isn’t actually the case. Historically, black has been associated with days of economic stress as opposed to days of booming commercial success. The [...]

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