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Carefully constructed: the language of Franz Kafka


A few months ago I took part in a discussion of Kafka on Melvyn Bragg’s radio programme In Our Time. One of the other participants…

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Quiz: how good is your Canadian English?


Although Canadian English is often lumped together with American English, Canadian English stands apart as its own distinct…

9 ways to call someone a ‘liar’
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9 ways to call someone a ‘liar’


Has someone been pulling the wool over your eyes? Have they been ‘economical with the truth’? Told you ‘terminological inexactitudes’?…