One of the clearest regional differences in the U.S. can found by tracking the words people use to refer to soft drinks, which is in fact the map you saw at the top of this story. Pop or soda, or even Coke, these small linguistic differences are not as small as we might think. While “soda” commands the Northeast and West Coast (green) and “pop” is in between (black), “Coke” reigns in the south (turquoise). These small distinctions can often act as touchstones for larger cultural differences.
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Dated March 16, 1865, Owen G. Warren of New York City sent this sketch for an attack-defense weapon to the U.S. Army’s Office of Ordnance. Warren’s invention was a shovel with a detachable scoop. The handle could convert into a double pointed pike to be used for attack. The scoop part of the shovel could be attached to a soldier’s vest as a protective breast plate. Warren wrote, “In strong hands it more than matches the bayonet.” His idea was not implemented.
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These are the kind of books I plan to get my children. They are probably going to be really messed up.
I believe the word you are looking for is “fagots.”
looking at bundles of sticks
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