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Happy Palindrome Day!

  • January 10, 2011
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Happy Palindrome Day!

All forms of “word play” showcase language in its versatility and potential for humorousness. The palindrome is a way of playing with words that has a rich history of use throughout the different languages of the world. In verbal and written language, a palindrome is a word or phrase that can be read the same…

The Most Frequent Words in English

  • January 3, 2011
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The Most Frequent Words in English

The English language is a living entity that is constantly growing and changing to adapt to modern culture and technology. Despite the increasing size of the lexicon, the most frequent words in English remain largely the same. According to statistics, the 100 most frequent words make up approximately 50% of all written content while the…

Same Word, Different Meaning

  • December 26, 2010
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Same Word, Different Meaning

If you think that there are too many words in the English language, remember that our dictionaries could be bigger; our language has doubled up definitions on many of its words. Heteronyms, homonyms, homophones and homographs all become a confusing jumble especially when one attempts to use one these double-edged words while avoiding misspellings and…

Most Looked Up Words

  • December 16, 2010
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Most Looked Up Words

If you’ve ever looked up words in a dictionary, you’ve contributed to the noble cause of¬†understanding English. Up to the highest levels of our society, the intricacies of vocabulary occasionally escape our grasp. Former President George W. Bush’s verbal mishaps epitomize this fact. At the beginning of his first campaign, for example, Bush reportedly expressed…

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