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Why do we bury the hatchet? The phrase, meaning to end an argument or conflict, refers back to a Native American custom in the seventeenth century whereby a hatchet or tomahawk would be buried in the ground to signal the laying down of arms and the declaration of peace between warring groups. Why do we […]more
The below is excerpted from The Diner’s Dictionary. The apple was probably the earliest of all fruits to be cultivated by human beings. Its wild ancestor was a sharp, mouth-puckering little thing, like today’s crab apple, and this abel-, as our Indo-European ancestors called it, no doubt needed sweetening with honey. But as it spread through […]more
For the increasing number of us who own a smartphone or tablet, apps have become a part of 21st century life. And they’re big business: the market in apps is now worth billions of pounds a year, and is growing rapidly. As smartphones — and the apps that run on them — have become more […]more