Monday, August 11

n Word of the week: “unitard.” Derived from “uni” plus “leotard,” it is a one-piece leotard with full-length stockings, aka “bodysuit.” It may or may not have long sleeves. Unitards are worn by acrobats, equestrian vaulters and comic-book superheroes such as Superman.

n “Burning” question: Having made online purchases of new foreign-made music CDs on occasion, we’ve noticed that they’re often not shrink-wrapped in plastic, as is the custom in the U.S. Being the questioning sort, we wonder why this is — a matter of cost, of technology, something we haven’t thought of? If you can help, please let us know.

Marie Antoinette, the wife of King Louis XVI, is one of the best-remembered personalities of the French Revolutionary era. In what country was she born?

A) Poland

B) France

C) The Netherlands

D) Austria

Friday’s answer: The title of the recently published autobiography of TV host Barbara Walters is “Audition.”


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