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Orphants to foster kids: a century of Annie

 

One of the best-known musicals of the 20th century is Annie, which tells the story of a plucky orphan girl who warms the…

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What’s in a name? Bob’s your uncle and other curious expressions

 

If you’ve ever said Bob’s your uncle or called someone a smart Alec, you might have asked yourself: why do certain names…

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Embiggening English: The Simpsons and changing language

 

The first episode of The Simpsons aired twenty-five years ago, on 17 December, 1989, and since then, English has never been…