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Pronunciation: ˈmeɪlstrəm
a powerful whirlpool in the sea


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Remembering the language of Seamus Heaney


When Seamus Heaney’s death was announced last year the prevailing mood was one of sadness; a feeling that the world had not…

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Scrabble: a logophile’s view


National Scrabble Day was on 13 April, and it feels like a good opportunity to celebrate the wordiest of all games. Even…