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Etiquette Comes and Goes
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State Secrets
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As children, we dug in the dirt during outdoor play. Many enjoy re-creating that activity as an adult by practicing this hobby.

 What is gardening? Fun fact: A study in the Netherlands suggests that gardening can help lower one’s levels of the stress hormone cortisol. It also raises a person’s level of vitamin D.

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You should do this if RSVP appears on the invitation.

What is respond? You should usually do this whether you’re asked or not. Sometimes, regrets only is printed on the invitation. In that case, honor the sender’s wishes.

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This comedian got no respect.

Who is Rodney Dangerfield? He was famous for his “I Don’t Get No Respect” stand-up routine. In addition, he appeared in many comedic films such as Caddyshack.

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This blanket is made by sewing scraps of fabric into intricate designs.

What is quilt? They originated in the Middle East and were brought to Europe in the 11th century.

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Also called films, we used to watch them in theaters, then on VHS and DVD; now we stream them from the internet.

What are movies? Today, most home viewing is done by streaming movies on the internet through subscription services.

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This state has the largest landmass in the United States

What is Alaska? It also has the largest coastline of any state. In terms of landmass, No. 2 is Texas, and No. 3 is California.

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This type of pool exercise is safe for people of all ages.

What is swimming or water aerobics? Water activities are low impact and provide many health benefits.

200

At the table, this goes on your lap.

What is napkin? While it is useful for discreetly wiping one’s hands, at a fine restaurant it is also considered poor etiquette to use your napkin to wipe your face.

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 In this Chinese medical practice, a practitioner places needles in the body to stimulate meridians, the pathways along which the body’s vital energy flows.

What is acupuncture? The practice was developed somewhere between 6000 and 600 BC.

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In this 1970s drama, Jack Krugman played a medical examiner.

What is Quincy? You were just as likely to find Dr. Quincy in the field as you were to see him in the morgue. He had a knack for solving crimes.

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This piece of equipment, which was once used for voice communication, has taken over many people’s lives.

What is phone? Today’s phones double as cameras and have apps that mimic computer programs. Even with all the expanded capabilities, we still call them phones. The official term is smartphone or device.

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This smallest U.S. state once had the longest name.

What is Rhode Island? The official name used to be State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations. In 2020, it was renamed to Rhode Island.

400

This is a favorite summertime citrus beverage.

What is lemonade? Try adding mint or raspberries to lemonade for a special treat.

400

Your mother probably warned you that these should never go on the table while eating.

What are elbows? Today, it is still considered improper to have elbows on the table when plates of food are on it. However, between courses or after the meal, this rule is no longer considered necessary according to etiquette experts.

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This is what one verse of a poem is called.

What is stanza? A verse that is repeated is called a refrain.

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When someone becomes sick or infected, they might be expected to spend time at home in this 10-letter word.

What is quarantine? The practice of quarantining began in the 14th century. At the time, they would require ships to anchor and quarantine for 40 days before landing in Venice.

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When we were young, people looked forward to this recurring, two-day respite from work as party time.

What is weekend? Now, many people look at it as a time to catch up on sleep, to destress, and/or to run errands and do housework.

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This is the “Live Free or Die” state.

What is New Hampshire? While many state license plates are manufactured in prisons, it’s ironic that the New Hampshire license plates are made in prisons because they say “Live Free or Die” on them

600

This is a favorite non-alcoholic beverage enjoyed on Southern porches.

What is sweet tea (or iced tea)? Sweet tea is sweetened with sugar or simple syrup.

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During an earlier era, we didn’t wear this color after Labor Day.

What is white? Depending on where you live, white wasn’t worn either before Easter or before Memorial Day. These days, anything goes.

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Fred Smith, founder of this freight company, gambled with his last $5,000 and saved the company from bankruptcy.

What is FedEx? He went home with $27,000, and his winnings paid his employees for one week.

600

A type of kitchen counter is made from this crystalline substance.

What is quartz? It’s made of one part silicon and two parts oxygen, also known as silicon dioxide.

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We used to think of apples as fruit; today it’s also the name of this type of company.

What is computer? Steve Jobs loved apples and came up with the name after visiting an apple orchard.

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This state is the only state with a royal palace, the Iolani Palace.

What is Hawaii? The palace houses relics from the Kalākaua Dynasty. Visitors are allowed to view the palace.

800

Two al fresco dining activities are popular in the summer. Name one of them.

What are picnics or backyard barbecues? Vinegar, lemon juice, and/or mint help keep bugs away. You can spray a tablecloth or blanket with vinegar or lemon juice and let it dry before using.

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Once upon a time, a man should not have worn this in the house.

What is hat? It’s still perfectly proper to remove the hat when entering a building.

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When corn, beans, and squash are planted together, we call it this garden.

What is Three Sisters? When these three plants are planted as companion plants, nutrients are returned to the soil instead of stripping it.

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This is the minimum number of members who must be present to transact business.

What is quorum? It can be a fixed number of people or a percentage of the body.

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Nearly 500 years ago, this word meant “flicking something away” or “making a brisk or jerky motion.” Today, it is used to describe a behavior intended to attract someone romantically.

What is flirting? Some might argue one’s heart gets jerked around when flirting as well.

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Boeing has the largest manufacturing plant in the world in this state.

What is Washington? Boeing’s Everett campus is larger than Disneyland and includes its own fire department.

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This simple, everyday activity can help build strong bones, improve mobility, and relieve stress.

What is walking? In addition to physical benefits, it boosts mental activity

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We’ve been told TIPS stands for this at a restaurant.

What is to insure proper service? We’ve also been told TIP stands for to insure promptness.

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The traditional name for the August full moon is also the name of this fish.

What is sturgeon? Giant sturgeon are most easily caught in the Great Lakes during this part of the year.

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Four buildings placed in a manner that make up a rectangle or square is called this. The buildings need not touch each other.

What is quadrangle (or quad)? The placement of the buildings in a quadrangle creates an enclosure.

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) Now we say food and drink. People used to say this generic protein and drink

What is meat? Previously, the word meat was used to refer to any solid food.

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The first World Series game was held in this state, which is now home of the Red Sox.

What is Massachusetts? It was held in 1903 between the Boston Pilgrims and the Pittsburgh Pirates, with Boston prevailing 7–3.

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