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Something’s afoot: investigating the names for shoes


Whether you’re a shoe aficionado or somebody who regards footwear as merely something to help avoid standing on nails, you…

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New Spanish words

Sometimes there is a perfect translation for a word, sometimes you need to borrow from another language…

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Branching out: tree idioms and phrases


Many countries around the world have days on which citizens, companies, and groups are encouraged to plant and care for trees.…