Basil is a mint. So is lavender. Likewise rosemary.

Q. Where’d we get the exclamation “Wow!”?

A. Some now unknown vaudeville performer coined it. You can say the same for such words as “flop,” and “blue” meaning off-color.

In Portugal’s Alcobaca stands the Cisterian Monastery. A great cement trench divides its kitchen floor. Through that trench flows a branch of the Alcoa River. When the fathers want fish, the cook lowers a net.

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