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The language of memes – and how to create your own

 

English is a truly global language with hundreds of regional variations worldwide, including over 50 dialects of British…

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What is the origin of the word ‘berserk’?

Find out how this term evolved from Old Norse, and what it means.

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Pronunciation: ˌin(t)ərˈfyo͞oz
verb
join or mix (two or more things) together

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Maria Montessori

(1870–1952)

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Clues, code-breaking, and cruciverbalists: the language of crosswords

 

The recent release of The Imitation Game has revealed the important role crosswords played in the recruitment of code-breakers…

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5 things you can do with the Historical Thesaurus of the OED

 

The Historical Thesaurus of the OED is a unique resource charting the semantic development of the huge and varied vocabulary…