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6 unexpected origins of vegetarian recipes


1 October is World Vegetarian Day, and to celebrate we’re looking at the language behind 6 famous vegetarian dishes – with…

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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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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9 translators on what they love about translation


To celebrate the International Translation Day, we called on several translators and asked them what their favorite thing…

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Does learning a language have to be boring?


I once knew of a young guy in his mid-twenties who was a former college baseball pitcher. He was obsessed with being fit…