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Branching out: tree idioms and phrases


Many countries around the world have days on which citizens, companies, and groups are encouraged to plant and care for trees.…

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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.

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What's the origin of the phrase ‘to have an albatross around one’s neck’?

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Guns, herbs, and sores: inside the dragon’s etymological lair


23 April marks St. George’s Day. While St. George is widely venerated throughout Christian communities, England especially…

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Rediscovering words from the Great War


In my recent book, Furphies and Whizz-bangs: Anzac Slang from the Great War, I had the opportunity to revisit some of the…