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Windbag

A boring person who talks a great deal about uninteresting topics.

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Dink

A soft return in tennis. The tennis ball will drop abruptly after crossing the net.

January

Named for the Roman god Janus, protector of gates and doorways. Janus is depicted with two faces, one looking into the past, the other into the future.

Relative humidity

The amount of moisture in the air compared to the maximum amount of moisture the air could hold at a given temperature; measured as a precentage of saturation.

Wallop

A quick, rolling movement; a gallop. To boil with a continued bubbling or heaving and rolling, with noise.

Alaska

Alaska's name comes from an Aleut word meaning "great land."

Halcyon Days

About 14 days of calm weather follows the blustery winds of autumn’s end. The ancient Greeks and Romans believed them to occur around the time of the winter solstice, when the halcyon, or kingfisher, was brooding. In a nest floating on the sea, the bird was said to have charmed the wind and waves so that the waters were especially calm during this period.

Buccaneer

The name was first given to the French settlers whose business was to hunt wild cattle and swine. A robber upon the sea; a pirate; -- a term applied especially to the piratical adventurers who made depredations on the Spaniards in America in the 17th and 18th centuries.

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