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"Twitchers" are birdwatchers in England. In the United States, they are called "birders."

“Boborygmology” is the study of stomach rumblings.

“Citius, altius, fortius” is the Olympics' motto, and means “Faster, higher, stronger.”

“Hotdoggers” are the people who drive the Oscar Mayer Wienermobiles. To become a “hotddogger,” you need a college degree and you should be skilled in the field of communications, journalism, advertising, or public relations. The competition is stiff, of nearly 1,000 applicants received each year, only 21 are hired and sent to Hot Dog High in Madison, Wisconsin

“Love” in a tennis match means zero points.

“Oneiromancy” is the use of dreams to forecast the future.

“Pecan” is Algonquin for “all nuts requiring a stone to crack.”

“Rafferty's Rules” mean no rules at all in Australian slang.

“Raise” and “raze” are a remarkable pair of words. They're both homonyms and antonyms of each other.

“Romanji” is a system of writing Japanese using the Latin alphabet.

“Toboggan” is derived from the Algonquin language and loosely meant “instrument with which to drag a cord.”

“Wassail” comes from the Old Norse “ves heill”--to be of good health. This evolved into the tradition of visiting neighbors on Christmas Eve and drinking to their health.

“Yakka” means “hard work” in Australian slang.

Go figure: "Ol' cheese" is an Aussie slang expression for "Mother."

Graffito is the little-used singular of the much used plural word graffiti.

A pip is one of the spots on dice, dominoes, or playing cards.

A poem written to celebrate a wedding is called a "epithalamium."

A poet writes poems; the writer of inferior poems is called a "poetaster."

A raga is a piece of Indian music that follows a strict form, similar to the way a Shakespearean sonnet keeps with its form. Hundreds of ragas have been composed, with some being in existence for more than 1,000 years.

A rebec is an old form of stringed musical instrument somewhat similar to a violin, having three or four strings, tuned in fifths and played with a bow.

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