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Doris Lessing: another world of words

 

Doris Lessing (22 October 1919 – 17 November 2013) was an astonishing wordsmith, as any reader of her many novels, stories,…

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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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.

Word of the day rebuff
Pronunciation: rɪˈbʌf
verb
reject (someone or something) in an abrupt manner…

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The super-language of Superman

 

17 October marks what would have been the 100th birthday of Jerry Siegel (d. 1996), who, along with artist Joe Shuster, created…

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Fresh fish in stir: The Shawshank Redemption and prison slang

 

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the 1994 film The Shawshank Redemption, the prison drama following the lives of prisoners…