ken \ken\, noun:
- knowledge, understanding, or cognizance; mental perception: an idea beyond one's ken.
- range of sight or vision.
- Chiefly Scot. a. to know, have knowledge of or about, or be acquainted with (a person or thing). b. to understand or perceive (an idea or situation).
- Scots Law. to acknowledge as heir; recognize by a judicial act.
- Archaic. to see; descry; recognize.
- British Dialect Archaic. a. to declare, acknowledge, or confess (something). b. to teach, direct, or guide (someone).
- British Dialect. a. to have knowledge of something. b. to understand.
Ken comes from the Old English cennan meaning "to make known, declare." It is related to the common English word "can." Today this verb is chiefly used in Scotland.
devil is beating his wife
- This expression is used to describe the weather when it is raining and sunny, also referred to as a "sunshower."
"Looks like the devil is beating his wife today," muttered the old coot as he felt the rain hit the back of his neck.
What creature uses its eyes to help it swallow food?
- The frog, which can’t chew its food or use its tongue to get food down its throat. Instead, the frog’s eyes sink down to the roof of mouth to help push the meal into its stomach.
- Julius and Ethel Rosenberg: were executed in New York's Sing Sing prison for conspiracy to commit espionage for the USSR (1953)
- Civil Rights Act of 1964: was approved after outlasting an 83-day US Senate filibuster
- The Rocky Horror Show: romped for the first time, on stage in London (1973)
- John Neumann: Philadelphia bishop became the first US male saint when he was canonized by Pope John Paul II (1977)
- Garfield: Jim Davis's comic strip about a lazy, overeating cat debuted (1978)