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Why do Brits and Americans swear so differently?
They may share a language, but Brits and Americans swear like strangers.
Two nuances journalists don’t see
One of the more annoying tics in journalese is the practice of placing the day of action before the verb.
Books, science, words and language
‘Man is not truly one, but truly two’: duality in Robert Louis Stevenson’s Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
Robert Louis Stevenson was born 165 years ago today. This article considers aspects of possibly his most famous work, The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.
Never knowingly upstaged: Leofranc Holford-Strevens takes on James Hurford and the Origins of Grammar
When it comes to a work of non-fiction, we reasonably expect a review to deliver at least three things: a concise summary of content, an informed assessment of the main arguments, and some steer on whether the book is worth the purchase price.
Weapon Of Mass Instruction: Artist Creates A Tank That Delivers Free Books
Raul Lemesoff, an eccentric artist in Buenos Aires, Argentina, has created a bizarre tank-like ‘Weapon Of Mass Instruction’ that he intends to use to battle ignorance and spread knowledge.