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The advantage of ‘trans’


In the late 1990s, I attended a conference focused on “those who identify at the male end of the gender spectrum.” At the…

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What is the origin of the word ‘quiz’?

Was it a Dublin theater proprietor who coined the term in the late 18th century?

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intuitive understanding of a language’s natural idiom…

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Explore the terms for some of the more interesting phobias you may come across.

Quadrocopter drone flying in the sky
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Conscious uncoupling, smugshrug, and parcelcopter: blips on our radar in 2014


Yesterday the Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year was revealed to be vape, and we also explored the shortlist. Over the…

vapor smoke
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Timeline: smoke to vape – tobacco over time


Long before Europeans arrived in the Americas, tobacco was part of the culture of many Native American tribes. These tribes…