General News Archive - June 24, 2009


Forty-nine percent of US adults admit body insecurity keeps them from engaging in warm-weather activities such as swimming, a survey indicates.

Word of the Day
  • A pivoted catch designed to fall into a notch on a ratchet wheel so as to allow movement in only one direction (e.g. on a windlass or in a clock mechanism), or alternatively to move the wheel in one direction.
The word 'pawl' probably comes from a Latin word meaning 'stake'.