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Do you know your computer etymology? How about your email etymology? You might be surprised at how old these words are.

Words that are older than you think, Part 3

Read Part 1 and Part 2 of the series.  In previous posts, we’ve revealed the surprisingly long histories of LOL, hip-hop, fanboy, unlike, flash mob, and more. With the recent discovery that twerk dates back as far as 1820, we’ve taken another look at words which are older than you think – even if the […]

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Vivienne Westwood

Fashion-mania: a linguistic tribute to Vivienne Westwood

Dame Vivienne Westwood. It’s a name to conjure with. If you know nothing about her, you might be forgiven for thinking that she’s a character in a period drama, or a Jane Austen heroine. Indeed, like so many of Austen’s women, Dame Vivienne is a breaker of social conventions. But while Elizabeth Bennet’s idea of […]

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