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Definitely versus defiantly – is there a difference?

 

The simple answer to that question: yes, there's definitely a distinction between these words, but it's most unlikely that…

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Pronunciation: ˈbəʊɡ(ə)l
noun
a phantom or goblin

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Butterflies and worms: a linguistic look at pasta for World Pasta Day

 

Did you know that pasta had its own day? No? Well, 25 October 2014 is World Pasta Day. We’ve taken the opportunity to look…

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A closer look at hi-fi, sci-fi, DIY

 

Hi-fi, sci-fi, DIY. Three expressions which, for me, typify the late lamented twentieth century. Do-it-yourself The concept…