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4 things to do before you start writing an essay

 

As tempting as it might be to just launch into the process of writing, there are important steps to take before actually…

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OED appeals: can you help us find earlier evidence of the word FLOTUS?

 

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The language of Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials

 

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the publication of Northern Lights (published in the US as The Golden Compass), the…