It's Independence Day, and it's time to raise Old Glory high, spend a few greenbacks on fireworks, and sing "The Star-Spangled Banner"! While you're doing that, pause for a moment and reflect on a great seldom-asked question: What is the definition of spangle?
We all sing it. We all know it in the phrase "star-spangled banner." But it wasn't invented for that phrase. It's one of a few odd words and phrases connected with America and the Fourth of July that we may use without thinking twice about ... until now.
1. SpangleA spangle is a sparkly thing that dangles: a geometric [...]