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2010-05-05 07:05:00

From the phrase "shining a light on" a topic to the cartoon depiction of a lightbulb signifying the formulation of a "bright" idea, light and enlightenment have been linked for decades.

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'.