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12 pronunciations to help you avoid embarrassment in literature class

As the school year picks back up again, so do your odds of having to say out loud a word in class that you’ve only ever seen on paper. Don’t worry: we’ve all been there before. That’s why we’re here to help with this list of 12 words whose pronunciation might trip you up. Obviously, […]

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Video: ‘a historic event’ or ‘an historic event’?

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How to write a compelling book review

Summer is a time when many of us have a little extra time for reading. For me, that means Go Set a Watchman, some Haruki Murukami and James Lee Burke, plus summer mysteries and thrillers. It means catching up on what local authors and friends have published. And it means reading new books in my […]

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“How can you govern a country which has 246 varieties of cheese?” - Charles de Gaulle

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What is the origin of silhouette, nicotine and leotard?

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Quiz: allude or elude?

Allude and elude sound similar, but have quite different meanings. Do you know how to use them correctly in a sentence? Read more about the difference between allude and elude.  

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Video: what does ‘pwn’ mean?

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Business jargon in the mainstream

The business world has always had an influence on language, ranging from contributions like best practices and bandwidth, and this new words update highlights several words entering OxfordDictionaries.com from the languages of business, corporate, and marketing. solopreneur As you might be able to guess, solopreneur refers to a ‘person who sets up and runs a […]

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