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How well do you know Scottish words and phrases?

Scotland is observing St Andrew’s Day today — the feast day of their patron saint. Let’s celebrate with them by testing our knowledge of the Scottish tongue:

"Of making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh." - The Bible (1611)

thank you

How to say ‘thank you’ in 28 languages

Thanksgiving may often be seen as a thoroughly American affair, but variations of this celebration exist in other parts of the world as well. So, to honour the international character of the harvest festival, why not take out a few minutes in between stuffing your face with turkey and sweet potatoes to learn how to […]

Which Alice in Wonderland character am I?

Which ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’ character are you?

Are you the Mad Hatter, the Queen of Hearts, or one Lewis Carroll’s other surreal creations? Celebrate the 150th anniversary of the publication of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by taking our quiz and finding out which character you are most like. We hope you weren’t disappointed with the result! Whether or not you got the character […]

‘Advise’ and ‘advice’: what’s the difference?

An image from Roald Dahl's James and the Giant Peach

Which Roald Dahl character are you?

The works of Roald Dahl abound with indelibly-drawn characters, from the magnanimously awful Trunchbull to the suddenly youthful Grandpa Joe. In the realm of children’s literature, his books are notable for their treatment of children as more like small adults who are, it should be noted, often more capable than their actual adult counterparts. Take a trip […]

‘License’ or ‘licence’: what’s the difference?


Quiz: quotation or misquotation?

“I always have a quotation for everything – it saves original thinking.” So said the gentleman detective Lord Peter Wimsey in Dorothy L Sayers’ Have His Carcase (1932) – providing us with a handy quotation. But before you start believing everything you hear, make sure you know whether or not a quotation was actually said. […]