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Word of the week

Learning about the history of words is fascinating and fun. English is one of the great languages of the world because it absorbs words from every other language and creates new ones all the time. Words survive because the people that use them need them, like them and a lot more often than you would guess just want to have fun with them. We love exploring the origins and history of words.
  • Groundlings pelting pippins at Hamlet

    Groundlings pelting pippins at Hamlet

    Academics and teachers ask us to revere Shakespeare as the greatest of English writers but ironically they damage him by...

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  • Floccinaucinihilipilification and the Eton Latin Grammar

    Floccinaucinihilipilification and the Eton Latin Grammar

    One of the words in contention for the longest word in the English language is floccinaucinihilipilification (pronounce it flahk-si-naw-si-ni-hi-li-pi-li-fi-kay-shên). Words...

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  • Metacognition and the Dunning-Kruger Effect

    Metacognition and the Dunning-Kruger Effect

    I came across the Dunning–Kruger Effect recently. I got quite excited about it because it explains how some of those...

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  • The meaning of gospel at Christmas

    The meaning of gospel at Christmas

    The nativity of Jesus from the gospel Christmas approaches. For Christians, Christmas is the time to celebrate the nativity (the...

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  • What Does It Mean To Be A Trump?

    What Does It Mean To Be A Trump?

    Oh no not another blog about Donald Trump? Yes but, because this is the word-of-the-week, I am not going to...

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  • Hallelujah—Leonard Cohen

    Hallelujah—Leonard Cohen

    Last week we said goodbye to Leonard Cohen, the Canadian poet turned singer, who sang dark but uplifting songs to...

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