License or licence
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‘License’ or ‘licence’: what’s the difference?


Should you use licence or license? Well, it depends where you are in the world. Our video explains the differences. …

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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“Imagination is more important than knowledge.”

Albert Einstein


German-born theoretical physicist

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What is the longest English word?

Explore the lengthiest words in English, and find out what the longest place name in Britain is.

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Quiz: quotation or misquotation?


"I always have a quotation for everything - it saves original thinking." So said the gentleman detective Lord Peter Wimsey…

Bond villain Blofeld and his cat
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11 acronyms that are actually ‘backronyms’


Everyone knows what an acronym is – an abbreviation formed from the initial letters of other words and pronounced as a word,…