spam origin
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Video: why do we call unwanted email ‘spam’?

 

We all know – and probably hate – spam emails. This variety of spam means ‘irrelevant or unsolicited messages sent over the…

Random questions

Have you ever wondered whether a penguin is a bird, or whether a tomato is a fruit or a vegetable? Here you'll find a collection of answers to peculiar questions.

Weird and wonderful words

Learn new and unfamiliar words which you probably won’t need in everyday conversation or writing, but which are fun, interesting, and unusual.

Was the first computer ‘bug’ a real insect?

Find out how 'bug' came to mean 'an error in a computer program or system' and whether or not a real insect contributed to the origin of the term.

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“Cricket is basically baseball on valium.”

Robin Williams

(1952–2014)

American actor

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Alexander Hamilton
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Alexander Hamilton in the OED

 

Can’t get – or afford – a ticket to Hamilton, the hit musical about US founding father Alexander Hamilton? Try the next best…

words ending in -cracy
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60 words ending with –cracy

 

When you’re tracing the etymology of a word, you’ll find that many roads lead to Greek. A large amount of English word do…