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Why I adore rhyming slang

Why I adore rhyming slang

Why I adore rhyming slang

This language lover has a soft spot in her jam tart for Australian rhyming slang.

Funny lost-in-translation phrases

Funny lost-in-translation phrases

Funny lost-in-translation phrases

Just because you know another language doesn’t mean you will avoid confusion.

Don’t say these words aloud abroad

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Don’t say these words aloud abroad

You may not want to say these English words aloud when you’re overseas.

Learn a language online for free

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Learn a language online for free

Leon has found the five best free websites for learning a language.

Do you know what ‘OK’ means?

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Do you know what ‘OK’ means?

You say it every day but do you know how OK originated?

Are you a ‘goody two shoes’?

It wasn’t always bad to be a ‘goody two shoes’

Are you a ‘goody two shoes’?

Being a ‘goody two shoes’ used to be a good thing – especially for kids.

Do you ‘jump the gun’, too?

Do you ‘jump the gun’? Here’s the origin to this phrase

Do you ‘jump the gun’, too?

An idiom made especially for those who act before it is time.

Keep your ‘nose to the grindstone’

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Keep your ‘nose to the grindstone’

Which of these two theories about this idiom’s origin is most plausible?

Idiom origin: ‘on the ball’

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Idiom origin: ‘on the ball’

This phrase has been used for a long time, but what exactly is the ‘ball’?

English: according to George Carlin

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English: according to George Carlin

The English language is funny, and no one has more fun with it than George ...

How ‘get off scot-free’ originated

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How ‘get off scot-free’ originated

You may be surprised to learn the Scots have nothing to do with this phrase.

Origin of ‘a grain of salt’

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Origin of ‘a grain of salt’

Can you guess how ‘to take with a grain of salt’ originated?

Where ‘ducks in a row’ comes from

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Where ‘ducks in a row’ comes from

Do you know where ‘ducks in a row’ comes from?

Learning a language online

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Learning a language online

It’s never been so easy or convenient to learn another language.

It’s no skin off our nose

Origin of idiom: no skin off my nose

It’s no skin off our nose

Where does the saying “no skin off my nose” originate?

Just where does the buck stop?

Just where does the buck stop?

Just where does the buck stop?

Next time you think of passing the buck, just remember that it has to stop ...

Origin of ‘chip on your shoulder’

Boxing gloves hanging over a shoulder symbolizing the origins of the chip on your shoulder

Origin of ‘chip on your shoulder’

From dockyard to schoolyard: learn the origin of ‘chip on your shoulder’.

Getting around language barriers

Getting around when you don’t speak the local language

Getting around language barriers

Don’t let a lack of language stop you from getting out and about.

A penny for your thoughts

Jar of spilled pennies

A penny for your thoughts

What is the origin of the saying ‘penny for your thoughts’?

Why ‘beat around the bush’?

beat around the bush

Why ‘beat around the bush’?

Learn about the origin of the idiom ‘beat around the bush’ or, if you’re English, ...

Have you been ‘caught red-handed’?

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Have you been ‘caught red-handed’?

The history of the idiom ‘caught red-handed’.

Did it ever ‘rain cats and dogs’?

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Did it ever ‘rain cats and dogs’?

Did it ever actually ‘rain cats and dogs’ somewhere?

Why do we say ‘apple of my eye’?

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Why do we say ‘apple of my eye’?

We share the origin of the idiom ‘apple of my eye’ and what it means.

What does ‘scapegoat’ really mean?

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What does ‘scapegoat’ really mean?

What does ‘scapegoat’ mean and how did the goat get so unlucky?

Best apps for easy travel

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Best apps for easy travel

Here few of the best travel apps that will actually prove useful on your next ...

Five words that make Leon cringe

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Five words that make Leon cringe

How often have you heard these non-existent words used in conversation?

How did ‘steal one’s thunder’ originate?

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How did ‘steal one’s thunder’ originate?

We investigate the origin behind the idiom ‘steal one’s thunder’.

The evolution of language online

The evolution of language online

The evolution of language online

How words, such as ‘cloud’ and ‘troll’, mean something different online.

Why we sound drunk when we speak

Why we sound drunk when we speak

Why we sound drunk when we speak

Some smart researcher has figured out why we sound drunk when we speak.

Verisimilitude

Verisimilitude

Verisimilitude

Our Word of the Week is verisimilitude.

Get to know these internet phrases

Get to know these internet phrases

Get to know these internet phrases

A few of the most common internet phrases and what they mean.

Learn a new language fast

Learn a new language fast

Learn a new language fast

The Duolingo language app will have you talking like a local in no time.

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