Clean words: The words “terse” and “detergent” share an unexpected kinship. “Terse” comes from a French word meaning “clean;” “detergent” is from the Latin for “wipe away.” Both words are ultimately derived from the Latin “tergere,” meaning to rub, polish, or wipe.”

What single letter came to symbolize the slacker generation that came of age in the 1990s?

A) K B) W C) X D) Z

Wednesday’s answer: “What’s My Line?” host John Daly rubbed his ear to alert panelists that that a line of questioning was getting too risque.


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