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I Hope That These Words Will Make You Smile
Offbeat  (tags: inspiring, words, smile, friendship, hugs, blessings, audio )

- 1007 days ago -
From time to time, we all need an inspiring message to start our day. When I read this message I thought of you and wanted to share these simple, yet sweet words with my friend and e-mail buddy!
Friday Fanglish Cat Slang: Words About Human Food
Offbeat  (tags: cat, words, fanglish, Fridays, cat talk, awesome-pawsome kitty pics )

- 1079 days ago -
'Home plate," "roller coaster," and "bowling strike" sound like sports and rec terms, but they're really cat slang. Here's your lesson.
The Vocabularist: 'Tragedy' Originally Meant 'Goat-Song'
Offbeat  (tags: Words, Definition, Vocabularist )

- 1102 days ago -
Following the great tragic dramas of 5th Century BC Athens, "tragedy" has come to mean something sad and horrifying. It has inspired fine expressions of compassion and regret.
The Vocabularist: How 'Copout' Became a Posh Phrase
Offbeat  (tags: Words, Poshprase, Meaning, Vocabularist )

- 1105 days ago -
The Bank of England should produce an impartial view of the consequences of Brexit and not "cop out" with a statement that the prospects are uncertain, a Financial Times columnist recently said. The phrase's meaning has changed, writes Trevor Timpson.
The Vocabularist: How We Got the Word 'Impeachment'
Offbeat  (tags: Words, Language, Vocabularist, Education )

- 1128 days ago -
The debates leading to the impeachment of the president of Brazil has led to stirring political drama, with the English word impeachment emblazoned on many a banner and leaflet, writes Trevor Timpson.
The Vocabularist: Three Different Meanings of Mail
Offbeat  (tags: Words, Mail, Vocabularist )

- 1150 days ago -
The price of stamps is going up again. Which raises the complicated subject of where the word "mail" comes from
The Vocabularist: Nerve-Racking or Nerve-Wracking?
Offbeat  (tags: Words, Vocabularist )

- 1306 days ago -
If something makes you very anxious is it nerve-racking or nerve-wracking?,The first recorded use of nerve-racking is in a letter by the poet Shelley in 1812,
The Vocabularist: Keep Pushing the Envelope
Offbeat  (tags: Language, Words, Vocabularist )

- 1313 days ago -
Vladimir Putin's Syria policy is among the things that have recently been referred to as "pushing the envelope". But where did "velop" come from?
The Vocabularist: How Did Cappuccino Get Its Name?
Offbeat  (tags: language, Words, Vocabularist )

- 1362 days ago -
The world has not abandoned cappuccino for flat white just yet - but it might be best to be on the safe side and tell some of the history of this familiar but exotic word, writes Trevor Timpson.
Who, What, Why: What Is Asexuality?
Offbeat  (tags: Words, Meaning, Asexuality )

- 1379 days ago -
Former UK Prime Minister Sir Edward Heath has been called "completely asexual" by one of his closest advisers. But what does that mean?
How the Word 'Tunnel' Went From France to England and Back
Offbeat  (tags: language, words, England, France )

- 1395 days ago -
The Channel Tunnel has been the focus of riots and fires in recent weeks. It is noteworthy that the word "tunnel" itself moved from France to England and then back again.
The Trouble With 'Acceptable' Language
Offbeat  (tags: Race, Racism, Offencive, Human Rights, Language, Words )

- 1427 days ago -
Is it justified to ever use an offensive racist term - even if you're trying to have a conversation about racism, as President Obama was when he used the "N-word" on a US radio programme? And who decides what is offensive?
See Whether You Can Spell Commonly Misspelled Words
Offbeat  (tags: quiz, fun, spelling, misspelled, words, knowledge, confusing, tricky, humans, interesting, off-beat )

- 1454 days ago -
This fun quiz tests your knowledge of those words that often confuse everyone with their tricky spelling.
Do Normal People Really Say 'Ay Up Me Duck?'
Offbeat  (tags: English Dialects, Midlands, Words, UK, Dolly Parton, USA )

- 1467 days ago -
Dolly Parton has become the latest celebrity to have a go at uttering the East Midlands phrase "ay up me duck". But do normal people in the region actually use this phrase?
Hobson-Jobson: The Words English Owes to India
Offbeat  (tags: Language, Words, Origins, English, India )

- 1485 days ago -
In 1872 two men began work on a lexicon of words of Asian origin used by the British in India. Since its publication the 1,000-page dictionary has never been out of print and a new edition is due out next year. What accounts for its enduring appeal?

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