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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…

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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.

What is the origin of the phrase ‘the bee's knees’?

Learn about the phrase's surprising change in meaning.

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Pronunciation: kwɑːˈfəː
a hairdresser

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Joseph Conrad


Polish-born English novelist

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Taking Portuguese idioms literally


Learning a new language often allows for lots of fun cultural titbits, including unexpected literal meanings of common idioms.…

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Clarity about ‘the gay thing’


Sometimes, we say what we don’t really mean. ‘You look really tired’, for example, when we mean to be caring rather than…