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Telling all about ‘all told’

 

What is it we tell when things are all told? It’s a common enough expression.  A newspaper observes of a political candidate…

‘A number of people is’ or ‘a number of people are’?

Though the expression ‘a number’ is strictly singular, the phrase ‘a number of’' is used with plural nouns (as what grammarians call a ...

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Is 'snuck' a real word?

Snuck as the past tense form of the verb ‘sneak’ is considered to be a real word chiefly used in North American English. The origin of the word ‘sneak’ itself ...

Why do such words as hour and honest have a silent h?

H is silent in many English words, for various reasons. Sometimes it is because of the word's derivation (e.g. messiah from Hebrew or rhapsody from Greek); sometimes it is as a result of ...

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Colourful language: colours in international idioms

 

Although we have a plethora of words in our vocabularies to describe colour, it’s unlikely that we each perceive colour in…

Word of the day bouffant
Pronunciation: ˈbuːfɒ̃
adjective
styled to stand out in a rounded shape...