An IRREVERSIBLE BINOMIAL is a stock phrase formed from a pair of words that has become so established in the language that reversing the order of its elements would immediately sound wrong—which is why we say ‘salt and pepper’, and never ‘pepper and salt’. (via @HaggardHawks)

Farewell to the Highlands, farewell to the North,
The birth-place of Valour, the country of Worth;
Wherever I wander, wherever I rove,
The hills of the Highlands for ever I love.

My heart’s in the Highlands, my heart is not here;
My heart’s in the Highlands a-chasing the deer;
A-chasing the wild-deer, and following the roe,
My heart’s in the Highlands wherever I go.

Farewell to the mountains high covered with snow;
Farewell to the straths and green valleys below;
Farewell to the forests and wild-hanging woods;
Farewell to the torrents and loud-pouring floods.

My heart’s in the Highlands, my heart is not here;
My heart’s in the Highlands a-chasing the deer;
A-chasing the wild-deer, and following the roe,
My heart’s in the Highlands wherever I go. – Robert Burns #burnsnight

In Japan, the god of wealth is often shown with a golden mallet and a white rat, just like this woodblock print.

Rats are thought to be auspicious, bringing good fortune to a household #LunarNewYear #YearOfTheRat (via @britishmuseum)