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Et In Amusement Arcades Ego
Shopping arcades and amusement arcades are from the Italian word for arch: arcata. The idea is that an avenue covered with arcati is therefore an arcade.
Books, dictionaries, words and language
The world still needs its dictionaries, but how we define them is changing
“Dictionary?” said a friend, “Who needs a dictionary? If I need a word I just look it up on my phone.”
Want to influence the world? Map reveals the best languages to speak
Speak or write in English, and the world will hear you. Speak or write in Tamil or Portuguese, and you may have a harder time getting your message out.
Do Men Read Books Written By Females?
Do men read books written by female authors? This infographic may reveal the answer.
Seemingly everyone else calls it ananas, or some variant thereof. English likes to be different.
First Words: How do children develop language?
Michael Rosen finds out about the first sounds, words and phrases that babies recognise and learn to say. (28 minutes. May not be available in all areas)
To get you into the festive spirit, here’s a video about the pagan Germanic origins of Yule and many Christmas traditions.