1. quizPutonghua is more commonly known as Mandarin.
  2. Pamela Wallin returned to the Senate this past week after being suspended two years ago over disputed expenses.
  3. The  2015 ‘word’ of the year is the suffix ‘-ism’ but only as it is attached to certain words, such as socialism, fascism, racism, feminism, capitalism, communism and terrorism.
  4. In 1816 Mohr (lyrics) and Gruber (music) composed ‘Silent Night’, or ‘Stille Nacht’, in the small Austrian village of Oberndorf, just a matter of hours before Christmas mass.
  5. A collective noun for cobras is quiver.