male and female animals
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What are the names for male and female animals?


We previously looked at the names for specific baby animals, so now it’s time to turn our attention to words for male and…

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9 words to argue about with your friends


When it comes to pronunciation, there’s always something to argue about. And we’ve all done it –whether standing in line…