Extant
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Extant’s slippery title confuses even the cast members

 

With the debut of the Steven Spielberg-produced Halle Berry vehicle Extant, one question has been on a lot of people’s minds:…

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Pronunciation: ˈsēˌtōs
adjective
bearing bristles or setae; bristly

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The peculiar history of cows in the OED

 

The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) has hundreds of words that relate to cows. For most English speakers, the idea that anyone…