Opinions are divided on the subject of ‘trigger warnings’—statements cautioning you that what you’re about to read, watch, or listen to might cause emotional or psychological distress.
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You have been warned: the debate on trigger warnings

 

Opinions are divided on the subject of ‘trigger warnings’—statements cautioning you that what you’re about to read, watch,…

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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Quote of the week

“To scrutinize the trivial can be to discover the monumental.”

Henry Petroski

(1942– )

American engineer and author

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Beyond ‘historical fiction’, very little shared vocabulary exists to describe even the most common of recurring types of Proper Fiction.
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A rallying cry for more subgenres, please

 

Spend twenty minutes on Pandora and you’ll be told that you prefer folk-influenced indie rock with strong harmonies. Toss…

Money talks not just in English but in other languages as well. Find out in which country people 'buy the pig in the bag' and other money idioms.
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Cost in translation: money idioms around the world

 

Money makes the world go round – every day we use it, think about it, talk about it. It is therefore no surprise that English…