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Have We Reached Peak ‘Peak’?
Landgraf’s coinage borrowed from a formulation which had been in circulation for about 15 years, and which began with the concept of “peak oil.”
If you’re making one
It’s just one of those things we say. And as a learner, you just have to accept this sometimes and choose to learn these phrases – or not, as you wish.
Words, books, dictionaries and language
“Red and yellow and pink and green…” Spanish colour words, meaning & grammar
Richard III found posthumous redemption of a sort by being immortalized centuries later in a schoolboy mnemonic for the colours of the rainbow.
Worried face: the battle for emoji, the world’s fastest-growing language
Kurita’s original 176 designs, which launched in February 1999 for Japanese mobile phones, were weirdly specific, including no fewer than five phases of the moon, three timepieces (watch, clock, sand-timer) and two states of umbrella (open, closed).
The Weird References Behind Pokemon Names
Returning to the franchise with fresh, grown-up eyes means you might notice things that previously went way over your head. Like the hidden references in the names of these Pokemon…
Medieval news crawl
Dan Piraro has fun with that annoying line of text that runs across the bottom of the screen on news channels.