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When in Rome… read some place name idioms

 

We recently looked at people’s names in common expressions, and now it’s the turn of place names. Why do certain locations…

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Pronunciation: ʃeɪ ˈdəːvr(ə)
noun
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Did you know that James Murray… was called ‘the grandfather of the telephone’?

 

2015 marks the centenary of the death of James Murray, the first Editor of the Oxford English Dictionary. Murray’s work as…

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English is a truly global language with hundreds of regional variations worldwide, including over 50 dialects of British…