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Speaking English with a Foreign Accent

Do English-speaking foreigners understand you better if you speak English with a foreign accent? A Californian says that on a recent visit to Armenia, he discovered the locals had an easier time if he spoke English with an Armenian accent. Is this...

money bomb

money bomb  n.— «Munger got the money for the ads by holding a focused online fundraiser—a “money bomb,” in the parlance of the Ron Paul presidential campaign, although Munger said his modest effort was more like a “money...

Stories Behind Nicknames

Everybody has a nickname, and there’s usually a story to go with it. Martha and Grant reveal their own nicknames and the stories behind them. Speaking of nicknames, the word nickname has an interesting etymology. It’s an example of a...

bunny hug

bunny hug  n.— «It shares its name with a dance move from 1912, and was once also called a “cotton popover” and a “kangaroo sweatshirt.” What the majority of the English-speaking world refers to as the hooded...

angry-phone

angry-phone  n.— «That rarest of breeds in the largely French-speaking province, Mr. Galganov is a bilingual Quebecker who rallies for the rights of English speakers (Anglophones) and against secession from Canada. That makes him an...

retail jail

retail jail  n.— «In a recent story about Home Office plans to ease the burden on police by creating so-called “retail jails” in shopping centres, the phrase “custody suites” was used. I’ve heard of bridal suites, a...