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Quiz: how good is your Australian English?

There is an altogether different version of English being spoken Down Under. Thanks to “Crocodile” Dundee, lots of non-Aussies are familiar with some of the slang, including crikey (an interjection expressing surprise), sheila (an informal term for a girl or woman), and barbie (an abbreviation of barbecue). But there is so much more to the […]

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Book quiz: how well do you know traits named after fictional characters?

The origins of some traits named after fictional characters are very well known. You probably won’t be surprised to learn that a Sherlock – ‘a person who investigates mysteries or shows great perceptiveness’ – is named after the fictional detective Sherlock Holmes, invented by Arthur Conan Doyle. Others are a bit more obscure: do you […]

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Vishing, unboxing, and teachable moments: new words added to OxfordDictionaries.com

OxfordDictionaries.com is today updated with hundreds of new words and phrases. Here are some of the highlights… An heir and a spare It’s appropriate, given that the Duchess of Cambridge is currently pregnant with her second child, that an heir and a spare has now entered OxfordDictionaries.com. While an heir is any ‘person legally entitled […]

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Taking Portuguese idioms literally

Learning a new language often allows for lots of fun cultural titbits, including unexpected literal meanings of common idioms. The Portuguese language is filled with fun idioms that literally translate into situations that sound amusing to English speakers. Of course, these idioms are no stranger than lots of idioms that you would find in other […]

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How well do you know the language of beer?

Do you distinguish between beers and lagers? Do you know your Weißbier from your Schwartzbier? If you think that you’ve got a fair grasp on the language of beer (or bier), then try out our quiz and see how you do!

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Book quiz: Go Set a Watchman and other Biblical titles

The news that a second novel by Harper Lee is to be published this year has caused excitement around the world. Her 1960 novel To Kill a Mockingbird has long been considered a modern classic, and soon readers will be able to read about Scout as an adult…

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