n Word of the week: “phthisiologist.” It is the study of tuberculosis. It appears on a 76-cent U.S. stamp issued last May. The stamp honors phthisiologist Dr. Edward Trudeau, founder of the American Lung Association.

Time magazine has been choosing its Person of the Year since 1927. Multiple people have been honored in some years, and abstract individuals in others. The first time the award went to a nonhuman, in 1982, the awardee was a:

A) Mechanical device

B) Country

C) Company

D) Laboratory animal

Fridy’s answer: As stated by a character in the George Bernard Shaw play “Back to Methuselah,” “Silence is the most perfect expression of scorn.”

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