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A penny for your thoughts

If you’ve ever heard someone say ‘a penny for your thoughts’, it’s fairly obvious what they mean. But do you know how the saying originated or who said it first?

Why ‘beat around the bush’?

We’ve all been told to stop beating around the bush at some stage in our lives, but from where did the saying originate and what does it mean?

Have you been ‘caught red-handed’?

If you’ve ever been caught in the act of stealing, lying or performing another misdemeanour, you’ll know that profoundly shameful feeling of being ‘caught red-handed’. But why is it so?

Did it ever ‘rain cats and dogs’?

Etymologists haven’t been able to discover exactly from where ‘it’s raining cats and dogs’ came, but here are several fun theories based in mythology and classic literature.

Why do we say ‘apple of my eye’?

Did you know that before ‘apple of my eye’ became a way to describe a person we love, it was used as an anatomical term to describe a part of the body?

What does ‘scapegoat’ really mean?

A scapegoat is someone who is unfairly blamed for something someone else has done. But from where does the word actually come and what did the goat do to get so unlucky?

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Best apps for easy travel

Not all travel apps are created equal – some are far more useful and initiative than others. These travel apps will actually prove useful on your next trip.

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Five words that make Leon cringe

The English language is not an easy one to master, but beautiful nonetheless. Call me a snob, but I just don’t like hearing it befouled. Here are five non-existent, oft-used words that really grind my gears.

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How did ‘steal one’s thunder’ originate?

Ever used the phrase ‘stole my thunder’? We all know what it means but how did it originate? We investigate the origin behind this provocative idiom.

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The evolution of language online

Oh, how the internet changed our language. Why not find out how words, such as ‘cloud’ and ‘troll’,mean something completely different in the online world?

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Why we sound drunk when we speak

We Australians may be known internationally for our slurred English, and now there’s some smart bloke who’s discovered why we sound drunk when we speak.

Verisimilitude

Our Word of the Week is verisimilitude. n

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