potlatch \POT-lach\, noun:
- A ceremony at which gifts are bestowed on the guests in a show of wealth that the guests later attempt to surpass.
Potlatch comes from the Chinook language, meaning "gift." Nearly identical words exist in the languages of various tribes of the Pacific Northwest.
- To test if an item of already worn clothing is suitable to wear out. common amongst students who cant be bothered to do their washing.
Friend1: Hey man cant you just wear those boxers?
Friend2:(sniff test) yeah i can get a couple more uses out of those
- Lionel Nathan Rothschild: became the first Jew to sit in the British Parliament — 11 years after he was elected; the House of Commons had to allow a special oath (1858)
- Unua Libro: the "First Book" of Esperanto was published, by Dr. L.L. Zamenhof (1887)
- Suez Canal: was nationalized by Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser, leading to an international crisis (1956)