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Video: what is the origin of the term ‘UFO’?


2 July is World UFO Day, commemorating the purported UFO crash on 2 July 1947, in the Roswell UFO Incident. Whether or not…

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Discover how we monitor and research language in order to decide which words to include in our dictionaries.

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Seeing ‘Magic Mike XXL’? 6 words from the world of stripping


With Magic Mike XXL coming out this week, we thought it might be enlightening to take a look at a few terms from the wide…