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“Writing, when properly managed […] is but a different name for conversation.” - Laurence Sterne  (1713–1768)

Where does the expression ‘currying favour’ come from?

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What does ‘blatant’ mean?

Empathy or sympathy?

mountain names

How did mountains get their names?

In August 2015, President Obama announced that North America’s highest mountain, Mount McKinley, would be renamed. Its new moniker, Denali, was actually its original Aleut name, meaning ‘the high one’. The previous name, on the other hand, only dates back to 1896 – the year when it was named in honour of William McKinley (1843–1901), who was […]

Frank Sinatra in the studio

The language of Frank Sinatra

One of the most significant musical artists of the 20th century, Frank Sinatra was a major cultural figure from the early 1940s up to his death more than half a century later in 1998. While Sinatra is not necessarily remembered for his language – most of the songs he’s remembered for were written by others […]

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