July 04, 2013
firework (noun)
\FYRE-werk\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
1 : a device that makes a display of light or noise by the burning of explosive or flammable material2 plural : a display of fireworks3 plural : a display of temper
How do you use it?
This July my family is traveling to Boston to see what many people claim is the most brilliant display of Independence Day fireworks in the United States.
Are you a word wiz?

Happy birthday to the United States, which turns 237 years old today! How old do you think today's Buzzword, "firework," is?

Celebrate if you chose C! The word "firework" has been in use since the late 1500s, two hundred years before the United States declared its independence on July 4, 1776, and people in the United States began using fireworks to commemorate the birth of their nation. A few other words that might remind you of the Fourth of July also entered English in the 1500s, including "democracy," "congress," "representative," and "flag." The word behind the idea of Independence Day, "independence," didn't come into English until the 1600s.
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