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Orphants to foster kids: a century of Annie

 

One of the best-known musicals of the 20th century is Annie, which tells the story of a plucky orphan girl who warms the…

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How do you spell Chanukah? (Hanukkah? Hanukah? Chanukkah?)

 

Each winter, as the Jewish festival of lights approaches, English speakers grapple with the question of how to spell its…

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What’s in a name? Bob’s your uncle and other curious expressions

 

If you’ve ever said Bob’s your uncle or called someone a smart Alec, you might have asked yourself: why do certain names…