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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.
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