SYNONYMS

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The Battenberg Cake was given its current name to celebrate the 1884 marriage of Prince Louis of Battenberg to a granddaughter of Queen Victoria, also called Victoria.
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5 elaborate cakes with equally elaborate names

 

Readers with a sweet tooth will be interested to note that at the end of July each year, dessert-lovers around the world…

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To date, region-specific pronunciations for words from 10 varieties of English have been added to the OED, namely Scottish, Irish, Canadian, Australian, New Zealand, South African, Caribbean, Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysian, and Philippine English.
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Shibboleth, Sibboleth: pronouncing international Englishes

 

‘Then said they unto him, Say now Shibboleth: and he said Sibboleth: for he could not frame to pronounce it right’ says Judges…