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Friday, November 15, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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By L.M. Boyd Crown Syndicate

In 1456, the word “stove” described an entire room, heated, even as a sauna. Almost 100 years later, around 1545, it applied to any furnace-heated interior, such as a bedroom. But it wasn’t until still another 100 years that the word finally identified some sort of metal box that you and I might have recognized as a stove.

A “limnologist” studies lakes.

Q. Who first came up with the phrase, “Where the action is….”?

A. A fictional gambler, Sky Masterson, in the Damon Runyan story, “The Idyll of Miss Sarah Brown.”

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