Scalawag, or scallywag, is a word from the Shetland Islands that refers to a small, stunted domestic animal, such as a pony or cow, that is of little value. Most likely, your mother used the word as an affectionate diminutive, along the lines of "you little rascal."
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Ducks just love rain. They are quite happy to stay out in it, and they often preen their feathers and poke around in puddles. (The British refer to a rainy day as "a lovely day for ducks.") They don't even seem to mind snow or sleet, but they dislike cold and windy weather.
We recommend cleaning them with a paste of baking soda and water. Let the paste sit on the bracelet for an hour or so, then rub off with a soft, dry cloth.
I saw an old sign that read "Think Safety First . . . Philip Morris" and had a picture of a bellboy on it. What do bellboys, cigarettes, and safety have in common?
The cigarette company's logo -- or mascot -- was a bellboy. In fact, an actor played the role for years, both in TV and radio commercials (his famous line was "Call for Philip Morris!") and promotional appearances. We can't be 100 percent sure, but we think the old signs appeared along roads and highways as public service announcements urging traffic safety.
A post road was any recognized mail route. Early post offices were just coffeehouses or taverns, and letter carriers were horsemen who worked in a relay system. Richard Fairbanks's tavern in Boston was one such mail repository, established in 1639. Later, both navigable waters (1823) and railroads (1838) were designated as "post roads" by Congress.
The Liberty Party began in 1839 as an antislavery political party formed in Warsaw, New York, by a group of people who had broken away from the American Anti-Slavery Society. The party nominated abolitionist leader James Gillespie Birney as a candidate for U.S. president. He received only 7,069 votes in the 1840 election. In 1844, he received 62,300 votes, enough to draw support away from Henry Clay, the antislavery Whig candidate, which led to the election of James K. Polk, the pro-slavery Democratic candidate. The original split between the Liberty Party and the American Anti-Slavery Society, two strong abolitionist forces, fueled the pro-slavery sentiment that led to the annexation of Texas as a slave state in 1845. No party goes by that name today.
Is there a best feeding time for fish, and is this also the best time to see deer, rabbits, and other animals?
All fish in all waters -- salt or fresh -- feed most heavily when the ocean tides are restless, before their turn and in the first hour of ebbing. Fish also feed after sunup for a short while and just before and after sundown. The latter habit also applies to deer, rabbits, and other creatures.
Nectarines are pretty much the same as peaches, without the fuzz, and one reason canners give for not packaging them this way is that they bruise too easily. The mechanical processing involved in canning would make them look so bad that people wouldn't want to eat them. Plus, there is a high demand for the fresh version, which is more costly and therefore more lucrative for growers. There are far fewer nectarines than peaches grown, which also may account for the lack of canning.