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1. Mark, pen name of Samuel Langhorne Clemens. 1835--1910, US novelist and humorist, famous for his classics The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876) and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885)
2. Shania , real name Eilleen Regina Edwards. born 1965, Canadian country-rock singer; her bestselling recordings include The Woman In Me (1995) Come On Over (1997), and UP! (2002)


(graphics, standard)
An image capture API for Microsoft Windows and Apple Macintosh operating systems that enables the user to control a scanner or digital camera from image processing software.

TWAIN was first released on 1992-02-29 and is currently ratified at version 2.0 as of 2005-11-28. It is maintained by the TWAIN Working Group.

Kevin Bier, chairman-emeritus of the TWAIN Working Group and the one of the original co-author/editors of TWAIN 1.0, chose the name TWAIN after reading letters by Mark Twain. It was unofficially considered to mean "toolkit without an important name."

The word "twain" is an archaic form meaning "two". It appears in Kipling's "The Ballad of East and West" - "...and never the twain shall meet...", reflecting the difficulty, at the time, of connecting scanners and personal computers. It was up-cased to TWAIN to make it more distinctive. This led people to believe it was an acronym, and then to a contest to come up with an expansion. None were selected, but the entry "Technology Without An Interesting Name" continues to haunt the standard.

The TWAIN Working Group.


(Technology Without An Interesting Name) A programming interface that lets a graphics application, such as an image editing program or desktop publishing program, activate a scanner, frame grabber or other image-capturing device.
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Apparently, both Swift and Ballerini are huge Shania Twain fans.
My Google search led me to several other Twain quotation sites.
Drainage creeks twisted through the fields in tight green serpentines, miniatures of the lower river on which Twain piloted as a young man.
More than any other issue, Twain was critical of Roosevelt's foreign policy, which the writer viewed as empire-building in the Philippines, Cuba, and the Dominican Republic, inspiring him to call Roosevelt "the worst president in American history.
At times, past and present collide so that early friends of Twain end up filtering their remembrances through the public figure Twain later crafted.
He even railed against the event chairman's decision to sit on the stage behind him, "a thing I detest," wrote Twain.
In 1861, Twain headed west to earn his fortune in the Nevada silver rush.
D]espite its daunting heft, the work provides distinct pleasures for even the casual Twain fan.
In pieces that were largely not published, or intended for publication, Twain lets loose his invective and skepticism more fully on Christianity itself.
The fully-managed component enables users to acquire images from any TWAIN compliant device, such as scanners and cameras, or load local images.
Thomas Paine's The Age of Reason, for example, was "a book that Twain swallowed whole and nearly memorized in about 1857" (31).
However, Vogel is on the defensive, and he directs his assault against two sources: my article, "'A Number-One Troublemaker': Mark Twain's Anti-Semitic Discourse in 'Concerning the Jews,'" (Studies in American Jewish Literature 15 [1996]) and Sander Gilman's "Mark Twain and the Diseases of the Jews" (American Literature 65 [March 1993]).