To abacinate means ‘to blind by placing hot irons close to the eyes’.
A samurai on horseback, wearing armour and horned helmet, carrying bow and arrows
The word aa is the first in the Dictionary of Official Scrabble Words. It is a kind of lava emitted by Hawaiian volcanoes.
Guns were introduced into Japan by the Portuguese in 1543, but banned by the government 100 years later. The only weapon a samurai was allowed to carry was a sword, and no one else was allowed a weapon of any kind.
In 1999, the total number of people killed by guns in the USA was 28.874 out of a population of 279.040.000, which equalled 1 in 966. In Britain, the figure was 207 out of a population of 58.579.000, which equalled 1 in 282.990.
Sixteen and a half million Yemenis between them own 50 million guns.