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9 awkward mistakes your spellchecker will miss

Your spellchecker cannot always save you. After all, one of the gimmicks of the English language is the fact that you can switch two or three letters around and end up with a different word. Say you’re trying to type the word being and you muddle a few letters: benig may not be a word, […]

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23 words that everyone spells wrong

Of course, not everyone spells these words wrong – but lots of people do! Let’s take a look at a few words that are always putting our spelling to the test. From sneaky silent letters to devious double letters, English sure doesn’t make spelling easy. 1. weird (wierd) Breaking everyone’s favourite spelling rule – ‘i’ […]

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Weather idioms: sun, snow, sea, and sky

English is a language rich with weather idioms – right as rain, every cloud has a silver lining, and many others – but other languages obviously have their own special takes on phrases and proverbs relating to the weather. In this post, we take a look at idioms in other languages that deal with the sun, snow, sea, and sky.

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Quiz: can you recognize these famous speeches?

Today (4 August) is Barack Obama’s 54th birthday! During his 2008 campaign for presidency, Obama was criticized by Hillary Clinton for his ‘well-versed’ speeches, i.e. that his public addresses were mere rhetoric without any substance. He responded to her claim, arguing that speeches held the power to inspire nations to believe in change: ‘Don’t tell […]

July WOTD quiz

Vocabulary quiz: how well do you know July’s Words of the Day?

Have you been paying attention to this month’s Words of the Day? Can you remember what a mesomorph is? Or what pyrophoric means? Take the quiz to find out if you can match the words to their correct definitions! Not yet signed up to our free Word of the Day service? Click here to receive your daily word. 

“Soon can mean in one second, Soon can mean in one year. Soon is a terrible word.” - Heinrich Böll

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