• The little bits of paper left over when holes are punched in data cards or tape are called "chad"
  • A "quidnunc" is a person who is eager to know the latest news and gossip
  • The name "piano" is an abbreviation of Cristofori's original name for the instrument: piano et forte, or soft and loud
  • The "left bank" of a river is the left side as you look downstream
  • The Rx sign that pharmacists use was originally the astrological sign for Jupiter
  • The average person's field of vision encompasses a 200-degree wide angle
  • Someone who is "pauciloquent" uses as few words as possible when speaking
  • A building in which silence is enforced, like a library or school room, is referred to as a "silentium"
  • Poliosis is the graying of the hair. It comes from polios, the Greek word for "gray"
  • The loop on a belt that holds the loose end is called a "keeper"
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