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Writing Contest, March ’14

        Feel like a challenge? See how plain you can make this legalese: This is to certify that the undersigned guarantee to make good and/or replace if necessary, without cost to the Owner, any and all defects due to imperfect materials and/or workmanship which may appear in the above project during the

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Quiz: Where do Words Come From?

English has grown by borrowing new words from other languages. It’s rich, dense and deep and many of the words we use everyday have unexpected sources. Novelist Penelope Lively describes English as “a museum inside our heads.” In Moon Tiger, she writes: “Language tethers us to the world; without it we spin like atoms. .

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Fact or Fiction?

Try our new quiz, which was inspired by a fun new book about language called Origins of the Specious by Patricia T. O’Conner and Stewart Kellerman. The book debunks lots of commonly held myths about language. See if you can separate fact from fiction.

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