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New words from the wide world of pop culture


Pop culture has always been fertile territory for new words, ranging from television shows to 1980s films to Shakespeare.…

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Have you ever wondered whether a penguin is a bird, or whether a tomato is a fruit or a vegetable? Here you'll find a collection of answers to interesting questions.

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What's the origin of the phrase ‘to have an albatross around one’s neck’?

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Business jargon in the mainstream


The business world has always had an influence on language, ranging from contributions like best practices and bandwidth,…

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Video: what is a ‘manic pixie dream girl’?


If you're a fan of film, you might particularly recognize one of the new words added to manic pixie…