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‘Oh see, can you say…’ linguistic confusion for a Brit in America

 

When you’re a Brit living in the United States, as I am, sooner or later – and it’s usually sooner, even if you’re trying…

‘A number of people is’ or ‘a number of people are’?

Though the expression ‘a number’ is strictly singular, the phrase ‘a number of’' is used with plural nouns (as what grammarians call a ...

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Is 'snuck' a real word?

Snuck as the past tense form of the verb ‘sneak’ is considered to be a real word chiefly used in North American English. The origin of the word ‘sneak’ itself ...

Why do such words as hour and honest have a silent h?

H is silent in many English words, for various reasons. Sometimes it is because of the word's derivation (e.g. messiah from Hebrew or rhapsody from Greek); sometimes it is as a result of ...

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Feeling bright? 8 historical synonyms for ‘clever’

 

If you’re constantly top of the class, or you fancy your chances playing a trivia game, you’ve probably been called clever…

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Pronunciation: rəˈbəf
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reject (someone or something) in an abrupt manner…