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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

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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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