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Book quiz: how well do you know traits named after fictional characters?

 

The origins of some traits named after fictional characters are very well known. You probably won't be surprised to learn…

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Pronunciation: kwɑːˈfəː
noun
a hairdresser

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Taking Portuguese idioms literally

 

Learning a new language often allows for lots of fun cultural titbits, including unexpected literal meanings of common idioms.…

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Clarity about ‘the gay thing’

 

Sometimes, we say what we don’t really mean. ‘You look really tired’, for example, when we mean to be caring rather than…