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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…

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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Pronunciation: ˈdeɪktɪk
adjective
denoting a word whose meaning depends on context...

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Battels and subfusc: the language of Oxford

 

Now that Noughth Week has come to an end and the university Full Term is upon us, I thought it might be an appropriate time…

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Not just heffalumps and woozles: the words of A.A. Milne

 

If you’ve heard of A.A. Milne, there is almost certainly one reason for that – and that reason is a Bear of Very Little Brain,…