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Where does the word Halloween come from?

Halloween or All-Hallows-Eve takes place on the night of 31 October.

US Election Vocabulary: Electoral college? Battleground states?

US presidential elections are not decided by the popular vote (counting the number of votes obtained nationally for each candidate). Each voter  votes for a state representative to allocate a vote for the president and vice president in what is called an electoral college.

What is the Hobson-Jobson dictionary?

In 1872 two men began work on a lexicon of words of Asian origin used by the British in India. Since its publication the 1,000-page dictionary has never been out of print.

What is a curveball?

In American English a curveball is a deceptive or unexpected action which poses a new challenge e.g. He threw a curveball by threatening to walk out of the meeting.  

What is a rookie? Where does the word come from?

A rookie is someone recently promoted to a higher level of competition or responsibility