Origins of Some English Eponyms : Uncle Sam, Masochism, Martinet & Jezebel
Aug09

Origins of Some English Eponyms : Uncle Sam, Masochism, Martinet & Jezebel

Eponyms are one of the most fascinating examples of how the English language gains new words. In this article we take a colourful look at the phenomenon some eponyms like : Uncle Sam, Masochism, Martinet & Jezebel.

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Why Can’t We Photosynthesise?
Jul29

Why Can’t We Photosynthesise?

It would be handy wouldn’t it – photosynthesising all our food rather than having to stop to eat three times a day – so why can’t we do it ?

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Do Identical Twins have Identical Fingerprints ?
Jul26

Do Identical Twins have Identical Fingerprints ?

Identical twins come from the same sperm and egg – and thus have the same DNA – ie EXACT identical genetic makeup. So do they therefore have the same fingerprints? Or to put it another way would twins force Hercule Poirot’s “little grey cells” into overdrive in a murder investigation ?

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Origins of Some English Eponyms : Juggernaut, Lynching, Malapropism, Maverick & Tantalise
Jun21

Origins of Some English Eponyms : Juggernaut, Lynching, Malapropism, Maverick & Tantalise

Eponyms are one of the most fascinating examples of how the English language gains new words. In this article we take a colourful look at the phenomenon some eponyms like : Juggernaut, Lynching, Malapropism, Maverick & Tantalise.

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Why do we blush?
May31

Why do we blush?

Blushing is rather an odd physiological and psychological response to embarrassment or awkward social situations. Could there be any rational or logical explanation for this? What possible evolutionary reason could there be for such a strange phenomenon.

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Riddle me this … Can you solve these Riddles?
Apr26

Riddle me this … Can you solve these Riddles?

Pit yourself against some mind bending riddles and see if you can work out what each one is referring to.

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The Best Hoaxes in History
Apr08

The Best Hoaxes in History

If you had to name some of history’s best all time hoaxes what would you come up with ? In this article we look at what , we consider, the top 3 hoaxes of all time (so far).

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Word Challenge : Spondulicks , Collywobbles Intenerete and more
Mar18

Word Challenge : Spondulicks , Collywobbles Intenerete and more

English is one of the richest languages in the world. At the last count there were estimated to be over 1 million words in the English lexicon. In this article we’ve gathered together just a few of the more unusual ones to see if you know (or can guess) what they mean.

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Is a Dog Year Seven Human Years ?
Feb02

Is a Dog Year Seven Human Years ?

Urban legend has it that if you want to calculate a dog’s age in equivalent human years you should multiply the dogs age by seven. But is this really true ?

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When Moms text – Some More Parental text bloopers
Jan22

When Moms text – Some More Parental text bloopers

Some hilarious text bloopers … courtesy of the iPhone’s auto correct feature ! (plus some parental misunderstandings)

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The Vocabulary of Winter – 8 Unusual Wintry Words
Jan19

The Vocabulary of Winter – 8 Unusual Wintry Words

Having a wide vocabulary is always a good thing. In this article we’ve pulled together some of the more unusual words that the English language has to offer us that relate to wintertime.

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5 Inventions Brought about by World War I
Jan15

5 Inventions Brought about by World War I

In wartime nations are often galvanised into frenzied action to innovate and invent in order to try to gain the upper hand in their struggle for survival. In this article we look at some of the seemingly more trivial and rather inexpected things that were invented or developed as a result of the WWI.

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So Why do the British Traditionally Eat Turkey at Christmas ?
Dec25

So Why do the British Traditionally Eat Turkey at Christmas ?

Christmas is probably the time of year when there is an overwhelming plethora of traditions and practices that we all enthusiastically embrace. In this article we look at one of the most enduring of British traditions … the Christmas Turkey.

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Some Christmas Tree Factoids
Dec18

Some Christmas Tree Factoids

Today the Christmas Tree is a pretty ubiquitous symbol of the yuletide season. It wasn’t always so. In this article we look at a few historical Christmas Tree factoids.

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Party Games For Christmas – The London Underground Game
Dec01

Party Games For Christmas – The London Underground Game

Christmas is a traditionally a time for family fun and games so why not try out this London Underground game. See how many London tube stations you can guess from this cryptic graphic we found on the internet.

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