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Butterflies and worms: a linguistic look at pasta for World Pasta Day

 

Did you know that pasta had its own day? No? Well, 25 October 2014 is World Pasta Day. We’ve taken the opportunity to look…

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Plurals of nouns

Most words which have come into English from Italian form their plurals with an -s, as if they were English words. For example, the Italian plural of cappuccino is cappuccini, but when the word is used in English, its plural form is cappuccinos. Here are some more examples...

Word of the day Sprachgefühl
Pronunciation: ˈʃprɑːxɡəˌfuːl
noun
intuitive understanding of a language’s natural idiom…

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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…