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Shakespeare and False Friends

There are a number of words in Shakespeare’s plays and poems which are deceptive to modern ears. They may seem familiar words but, in fact, camouflage a quite different meaning lost to modern English. 307 more words

Language

In a word - panorama, which has outlived its original invention

A panorama is an image, usually broad in its extent, of landscape, and has seen extensive figurative application. What is remarkable is that it did not exist until 1789, and still thrives today. 388 more words

General

elegant

Attractive, or graceful; with simple beauty. Latin “elegans”=refined, tasteful < “legere”=to choose or pick out.

Etymology

The Evolution of the Zipper

A zipper is something one rarely thinks about until it breaks.  It’s something we use every day, from trousers to jackets to purses to zip-lock bags.  257 more words

History

What is an eponym?

When you want to clean the floors, do you use a vacuum cleaner or a hoover? Do you wipe your nose on a kleenex or a tissue? 670 more words

Food

Till

Till: the target of will, as a point in time at which current action will be fulfilled; it is intent, supported by labour and with an anticipated end, either as a a point in the future, embedded in such terms as ‘until’ or ’till the cows come home’, or as the tilling of the soil in anticipation of future reward. 40 more words

Etymology

sophisticated

Having good judgment about things such as art and fashion. Latin “sophisticare”=to argue/discuss < Greek “sofistis”=learned.

Etymology