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Recycling language

In the month leading up to 9th, October there was a 500% increase in the number of people looking up the word recycle.

We sometimes get spikes in look-ups, and the causes can be varied. Sometimes, people are responding to items in the news and are looking up key words from a news story. On other occasions, it looks as though everyone at school in a certain country has been given the same project for homework.

In this case, I suspect a project. I had an email from someone asking if she could reproduce our definition of recycle in her coursework. Rather than write a new definition, why not recycle an existing one?

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