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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.
  • Pretty, pretty Christmas baubles

    Pretty, pretty Christmas baubles

    When I was a boy living in Scone, in country NSW we still had a traditional Christmas along the lines...

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  • How do you tell a robot from an android?

    How do you tell a robot from an android?

    Words for artificial humans The science fiction (sci-fi) genre has created many near-human creatures. There is a whole vocabulary that...

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  • How to dilapidate a castle

    How to dilapidate a castle

    When I came across the origin of the word dilapidate I was quite excited. There seemed to be the possibility...

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  • Understanding zombies

    Understanding zombies

    What is a zombie? In Martinique and Haiti a zombie is the term for any spirit or ghost appearing at...

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  • 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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