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    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 30th Dec 17, 9:59 AM
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    Pyxis
    Well! I never knew that!
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    • 30th Dec 17, 9:59 AM
    Well! I never knew that! 30th Dec 17 at 9:59 AM
    I was googling the difference between nuts and seeds, when I came across a reference to cashew nuts and how they grew!

    I was so surprised! "Well!", I said, "I never knew that!"

    I don't know what I expected, as I'd never thought about it before. That in itself was strange, as I've been eating cashews for years and years.

    Maybe I just assumed they grew in pods like peanuts, but they don't!

    They start to grow on the ends of flowers which turn into yellow or red pear-shaped cashew "apples".
    They grow inside a case which has an irritant chemical on it to stop animals eating it. This is removed by proper roasting of the cashews.

    Apparently the cashew apples are also edible, but being very soft, do not travel well. They can be made into a refreshing drink.




    It got me wondering what you may have come across, little gems of info about things you have taken for granted for years without knowing the true facts about them.

    Do tell!




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    • Jackmydad
    • By Jackmydad 4th Apr 18, 5:23 PM
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    Jackmydad
    I was reading in the Radio Times just now about the origins of the words 'ink' and 'inkling'.


    Anyway, 'inkling' comes from the very real, but "rarely used verb 'to inkle', meaning to whisper or utter in an undertone", with its origins in the Middle English 'inclen'.

    So, to inkle is to murmur softly, and from that, an inkling has come to mean the faintest suggestion.

    I never knew that!

    Well, I don't know about rarely used, but from now on, I shall use 'to inkle'! I think it's lovely!




    (By the way, ''inkling' has no connection to "ink". That word derived from a Roman word for purple fluid used for emperors to write their signatures, and then went through Old French as 'enque' reaching English as "ink" in the Middle Ages).


    (I suppose that the name of the literary group "The Inklings" (which included Tolkien and C.S. Lewis) conflated the two meanings rather nicely, to describe their group!).
    Originally posted by Pyxis
    Never had an inkling about that. If I'd thought about it I'd have thought it was something to do with ink - - - writing - - - idea etc.

    I'm going to use "inkle" from now on.
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    • Fruitcake
    • By Fruitcake 4th Apr 18, 5:42 PM
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    Fruitcake
    I can feel a susurration of inkling coming on.

    I have a secret.

    Well come and inkle in my ear.
    Last edited by Fruitcake; 04-04-2018 at 5:46 PM.
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    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 4th Apr 18, 6:30 PM
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    I can feel a susurration of inkling coming on.

    I have a secret.

    Well come and inkle in my ear.
    Originally posted by Fruitcake
    Make sure you enunciate that last bit good an' proper!
    (I just lurve spiders! )
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    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 4th Apr 18, 6:33 PM
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    Pyxis

    I'm going to use "inkle" from now on.
    Originally posted by Jackmydad
    And thus was the Inkle Club born!


    All contributions written in size 1!





    And Courier font!




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    Last edited by Pyxis; 04-04-2018 at 9:50 PM. Reason: Courier font is a good idea, to simulate whispering!
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    • Fruitcake
    • By Fruitcake 4th Apr 18, 9:30 PM
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    Fruitcake
    And thus was the Inkle Club born!


    All contributions written in size 1!
    Originally posted by Pyxis
    It's as close as you can get to a secret society without actually being one.
    I married my cousin. I had to...
    I don't have a sister.

    All my screwdrivers are cordless.
    "You're Safety Is My Primary Concern Dear" - Laks
    • Sleazy
    • By Sleazy 4th Apr 18, 10:31 PM
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    Sleazy
    Inkle Inkle Little Star
    Sleazy
    In Vino Veritas, In Aqua Sanitas
    • Sleazy
    • By Sleazy 4th Apr 18, 10:33 PM
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    Make sure you enunciate that last bit good an' proper!
    Originally posted by Pyxis
    Did somebody mention a silent 'T' ?
    Sleazy
    In Vino Veritas, In Aqua Sanitas
    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 4th Apr 18, 10:41 PM
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    Pyxis
    Did somebody mention a silent 'T' ?
    Originally posted by Sleazy
    shhh! Sleazy! Don't mention silent 'Ts' - everyone will want one!

    (And anyway, how does one mention a silent T?)
    (I just lurve spiders! )
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    • Sleazy
    • By Sleazy 4th Apr 18, 10:45 PM
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    shhh! Sleazy! Don't mention silent 'Ts' - everyone will want one!

    (And anyway, how does one mention a silent T?)
    Originally posted by Pyxis
    Are you sure? Look at what's imvolved:

    Sleazy
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    • Sleazy
    • By Sleazy 17th Apr 18, 7:48 AM
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    Sleazy
    Sleazy
    In Vino Veritas, In Aqua Sanitas
    • Fruitcake
    • By Fruitcake 17th Apr 18, 8:21 AM
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    Fruitcake
    Originally posted by Sleazy
    Now that's my kind of science lesson.
    I married my cousin. I had to...
    I don't have a sister.

    All my screwdrivers are cordless.
    "You're Safety Is My Primary Concern Dear" - Laks
    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 17th Apr 18, 9:13 AM
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    Pyxis
    But how big a balloon?

    Gill, with her medication, might need a zeppelin-sized one!
    (I just lurve spiders! )
    INFJ(Turbulent).

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    • Sleazy
    • By Sleazy 17th Apr 18, 9:21 AM
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    Sleazy
    But how big a balloon?

    Gill, with her medication, might need a zeppelin-sized one!
    Originally posted by Pyxis
    I've been drinking fizzy water this morning and have been flactulating like a vuvuzela!

    I'm now wondering .... I suppose if more than one person farted in unison and to a tune, would that be a fartophony?
    Sleazy
    In Vino Veritas, In Aqua Sanitas
    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 17th Apr 18, 11:03 AM
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    Pyxis
    I've been drinking fizzy water this morning and have been flactulating like a vuvuzela!

    I'm now wondering .... I suppose if more than one person farted in unison and to a tune, would that be a fartophony?
    Originally posted by Sleazy
    Well, I hope I never find out!






    Edit....I had to google vuvuzela!
    (I just lurve spiders! )
    INFJ(Turbulent).

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    • Jackmydad
    • By Jackmydad 17th Apr 18, 12:01 PM
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    Jackmydad
    I've been drinking fizzy water this morning and have been flactulating like a vuvuzela!

    I'm now wondering .... I suppose if more than one person farted in unison and to a tune, would that be a fartophony?
    Originally posted by Sleazy
    Or fartphony, pronounced as in symphony. . .
    Of course if you all lit your farts, after proper H & S training of course, you could have a sort of "sonne et lumiere" show.
    Or you could blow up balloons of course. . .
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