Definition: (adjective) Naughtily or annoyingly playful.
Synonyms: impish, mischievous, pixilated, prankish, arch, wicked.
Usage: My puckish new roommate apparently thought it would be funny to hide my car keys in the teapot.
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Spanish Treasure Fleet Sinks off Florida Coast in Hurricane (1715)

From the 16th to the 18th centuries, the Spanish Empire used a system of convoys, called treasure fleets, to transport a wide variety of items to Spain from its territories in the New World. Seven days after departing from Havana, Cuba, all 11 of the ships in the 1715 treasure fleet sank during a hurricane near present-day Florida, resulting in the deaths of thousands of sailors. The disaster also resulted in the loss of what precious items, some of which still occasionally wash ashore? Discuss
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Chincoteague Pony Swim and Auction

The Chincoteague Pony Swim is an annual saltwater roundup of the famous wild ponies of Assateague Island off the Delmarva Peninsula. The volunteer firemen of Chincoteague Island, Virginia, ride to Assateague, round up as many as 300 ponies, and then guide them into the water to swim across the channel to Chincoteague. The next day some foals are sold at auction and the rest of the herd swims back to Assateague. A week of festivities surrounds the roundup, and tens of thousands come to watch the excitement from land and small boats. Discuss
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Peter Benenson (1921)

Peter Benenson was an English lawyer who organized a letter-writing campaign in 1961 calling for amnesty for “prisoners of conscience.” His campaign resulted in the establishment of Amnesty International, a human-rights organization that works to combat violations of human rights, especially abridgments of freedom of speech and religion and the imprisonment and torture of political dissidents. Why did Benenson resign from his position within Amnesty International in 1967? Discuss
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laxative – Can mean "having the power of relaxing" (from Latin laxare, "loosen"). More…

loess – Loam composed of matter transported by wind, from German losz, "loosen." More…

resolution – From Latin resolutio-/resolution, from resolvere, meaning "to loosen or dissolve again," which was the original meaning. More…

solve – First meant "loosen"—from Latin solvere, "free, unfasten." More…

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