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Palabra del día haughty
Pronunciación: ˈhɔːti
arrogantly superior and disdainful

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Cita de la semana

“Give me the right word and the right accent and I will move the world.”

Joseph Conrad


Polish-born English novelist

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Book quiz
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Book quiz: how well do you know traits named after fictional characters?


The origins of some traits named after fictional characters are very well known. You probably won't be surprised to learn…