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Bulls, bears, and the other business animals of Wall Street

 

The finance world famously has almost a language all of its own, ranging from complex financial jargon to the playful slang…

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peep surreptitiously

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Which everyday English words came from Arabic?

 

To celebrate the launch of our new Oxford Arabic Dictionary, we're taking a look at English words of Arabic origin. Using…