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What sound does a French duck make? (Or onomatopoeia in different languages)

 

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English words of French origin have two possible plural forms: the original French plural and an English one...

Word of the day terpsichorean
Pronunciation: ˌtəːpsɪkəˈriːən
adjective
relating to dancing

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From muggle to whizzpopper: invented words in children’s literature

 

When Roald Dahl invented words such as lickswishy, which describes the way English boys taste to giants in The BFG (1982),…