stationery
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Stationary or stationery?

 

This pair of confusable homophones (words that sound the same) and near-homographs (words that are spelled the same) causes…

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What is the origin of the term scot-free?

 

To ‘get off scot-free’ means ‘to get away with something without being punished’. Since the familiar English word Scot refers…

procrastinate synonyms
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5 historical synonyms for procrastinate

 

Delaying an important but arduous task in favour of a more pleasurable less urgent one? Surely everybody has been guilty…