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The OED defines “gormless” as “wanting sense, or discernment,” and dates it to 18th-century Lancashire dialect.
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8 Languages With Different Names for Harry Potter’s Hogwarts Houses
The Hogwarts houses in the Harry Potter series stay pretty much the same in most translations of the books. But some languages go a different way.
Czech Republic poised to change name to ‘Czechia’
The country will retain its full name but Czechia will become the official short geographic name, as “France” is to “The French Republic”.
Why do some houses have names while others have numbers? Find out in the episode of the BBC’s regular language programme Word of Mouth.