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America’s war on language

 

2014 marks the centennial of World War I, time to take a closer look at one of its offshoots, America's little-known War…

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Pronunciation: ˌhɪpnə(ʊ)ˈpɒmpɪk
adjective
relating to the state immediately preceding waking up

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