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This advertisement (by Coca Cola in 1889) features the sentence "A glass adds to the pleasure of a drive or a walk by brightening and refreshing the faculties"

In this case, what does faculties mean?

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closed as general reference by Kris, kiamlaluno, Kate Gregory, Hugo, tchrist Apr 23 '13 at 13:40

This question is too basic; it can be definitively and permanently answered by a single link to a standard internet reference source designed specifically to find that type of information.If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

You're asking about an obscure and little-known meaning of a word; I don't fault you for that. That said, you'd find such questions much better received at the site for English Language Learners, which was designed to answer such questions. I don't recommend you re-ask this over there, as you're getting answers here. But I think you'd have more success in the long run asking similar questions over there. – J.R. Apr 11 '13 at 7:15
@J.R. Would not be more correct to say that ELL is for questions about English asked from English learners? I don't think faculties has in this case an obscure meaning, maybe because in Italian we say nel pieno possesso delle mie facoltà. – kiamlaluno Apr 11 '13 at 7:48
@kiamlaluno: I'm just saying that if you can't figure out the word what the word faculties means after consulting a dictionary, then there's a good chance ELL might be a better place to ask your question. But you're quite right; you've given a better overall description of ELL in your comment than I did in mine. – J.R. Apr 11 '13 at 19:33
@J.R. I got it: You meant the meaning of the word is obscure for the OP. I guess we misunderstood that part. :) – kiamlaluno Apr 11 '13 at 19:46

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From Wiktionary:

An ability, skill, or power.

He lived until he reached the age of 90 with most of his faculties intact.

It refreshes the mental faculties.

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Yes, in this case, the advertisement is merely saying that the beverage will keep you awake and alert. – J.R. Apr 11 '13 at 7:17
I don't wish to be part of any faculty that drinks only Coke. – Edwin Ashworth Apr 11 '13 at 8:28
@EdwinAshworth -- with a name like "Edwin Ashworth", you should be from Georgia. Don't work here. – Malvolio Apr 11 '13 at 18:12

Faculties means, "any of the physical or mental abilities that a person is born with."

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