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What is the origin of ‘banana’?

 

Banana appears to be a tropical African word, but its lexical origins represent only a single stage in the fruit's worldwide…

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Pronunciation: ˌ(h)yo͞oməˈresk
noun
a short, lively piece of music

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Achy-breaky words: the language of the nineties

 

Though they’re well over a decade past, the nineties occupy an unusual place in the cultural zeitgeist. A whole new decade…