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Where the F-Word Comes From

In its various incarnations, the F-word can be a noun, verb, adjective, and even an infix. The multi-tool of the English language, the F-bomb has been adding emphasis, vulgarity and spice to our conversations for longer than anyone can remember. Read More >>

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Mandela's Sign Language Fraud Claims "Schizophrenic Episode" Caused His "Prawn Rocking Horse" Interpretation

He's already outraged the deaf community, and now the Nelson Mandela Memorial's Macarena-ing sign language fraud looks certain to face the ire of mental health campaigners unless he can prove his latest claims, stating that his unreadable signing gestures were down to hallucinations brought on by a "schizophrenic episode". Read More >>

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Multicultural London English is the New Cockney of London's Diverse Population

The traditional East End cockney accent is slowly being wiped out of existence, thanks to new multicultural groups taking over from the old generation and introducing such modern words as "mandem" and "blud" to the local language of the city. Read More >>

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Dear Samsung: A "Fonblet" Is Not a Thing

During its Analyst Day today in Seoul, Samsung has been trying to coin a new term. Brace yourselves, because if you thought 'phablet' was bad, then the 'fonblet' is something else entirely. Read More >>

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You Woz Banned From Saying Innit at School, Yeah?

A London school is standing up for the English language by banning certain modern slang words and terms. Pupils at one South London academy have been banned from saying "innit," "coz" and "ain't," and have been told not to end their sentences with "yeah." Read More >>

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Selfie, Derp and Phablet Are Now Words in the Oxford Dictionaries Online

Because language doesn't really matter anymore to the Internet, words that people use online all the time (even though people are often too embarrassed to say them aloud in real life) are now part of the dictionary. The Oxford Dictionaries Online is adding these wonky words to its dictionary: twerk, phablet, derp, selfie, bitcoin, vom and more. Read More >>

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More Popular Idioms Translated to Make Sense with Today's Technology

When's the last time you put all your eggs in one basket? Probably never. But! When's the last time you put all your data on one hard drive? Probably right now (you gotta learn better backup habits). And although we know that practice makes perfect and that patience is a virtue, what actually applies to real life is that Photoshop makes perfect and waiting for a page to load is a virtue. Read More >>

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Google's Definition of Literally Is Not the Literal Definition

Grammar-loving folks who love to point out where commas should be inserted instead of periods, and how semi-colons are both simultaneously underused and overused, should pick up their red pens, furrowed brows and pitchforks at the fact that the definition of literally is literally no longer the literal definition of literally. The trolls who say "literally" when they're being completely non-literal and say it as an exaggeration or emphasising something have won. Read More >>

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The Longest Words in Different Languages are So Much Fun to Say

Though we know the real longest word in English takes three and a half hours to pronounce, more reasonable ones can be done in less than five million breaths. Like these! This video lets you hear the longest word in different languages like Czech, Danish, Slovenian, Dutch, etc. and boy some of them are a doozy. Read More >>

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Autogrammar Is About to Make Autocorrect a Lot More Naggy

Are you a lazy texter? Do you have fat fingers? Did you sleep through all of your English classes? Well, none of that matters anymore with the imminent release of new software that not only autocorrects your misspelled words but also fixes your grammar mistakes. Read More >>

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How Many of These 79 Words Can You Actually Pronounce?

I make an arse out of myself at least twice a month from butchering the pronunciation of a word. There are only two things you can do when you have no idea how to say something -- either quietly whisper but quickly gloss over the word so no one hears you, or say it with such complete confidence that you confuse the hell out of people who really do know how it's pronounced. Read More >>

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Russia Wants a More "Civilised" Internet by Banning Swearing

The chairwoman of Russia's Committee on Family, Women and Children wants to make the internet a less angry place by banning swearing, with web site managers given 24 hours to delete offending content or face punishment. Is Russia trying to one-up the Great Firewall of Cameron? Read More >>

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Popular Idioms Translated to Actually Make Sense Today

When we tell the future children of the world that you shouldn't judge a book by its cover, they'll stare at their iPad and wonder what the hell a book is. Does that old fart mean an app? When we tell them to scratch our back, they'll wonder why are we even talking to each other in IRL. And when we say close, but no cigar... well, actually even I have no idea why that ever made sense. Read More >>

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When Did We Start Using the + and - Signs?

Though most people in this world never want to think about maths after school, let's talk about its symbols. Where and when did the symbols for addition and subtraction get invented? We don't even question them when we see them now. But what the heck did people use before that? Read More >>

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Twitter Adds LOLCAT to Supported Language List Because They Are So Clever and Funny

Twitter has announced that they have added some new user interface languages that nobody gives a damn about. Their biggest achievement: including LOLCAT as an option. Yes, people, they have localised their entire user interface using the stupid wording from the lolcat memes. You are so clever, Twitter. Read More >>

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