Ducks Show They Can Mimic Human Speech ‘You Bloody Fool!’

Australian Ducks Show They Can Mimic Human Speech by Picking up Swearing: ‘You Bloody Fool!’ The first documented instance of ducks being able to mimic sounds has researchers reviewing the evolution of vocal language learning in birds. The musk duck is a highly aquatic, stiff-tailed duck native to southern Australia. […]

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American or British

Variations in spelling exist in English words. In Great Britain and Canada, some words have spellings that differ from American spellings. Readers of books by British and Canadian publishers will note these differences. Some confusion may arise depending on the writer’s experience with these variant spellings. Many nouns that in […]

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Text Messaging

Text messaging, or texting, refers to the exchange of brief written text messages between fixed-line phone or mobile phone and fixed or portable devices over a network. While the original term (see below) was derived from referring to messages sent using the Short Message Service (SMS) originated from Radio Telegraphy, […]

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The History of Leap Year

Leap years are years with 366 days, instead of the usual 365. Leap years are necessary because the actual length of a year is 365.242 days, not 365 days, as commonly stated. Basically, leap years occur every 4 years, and years that are evenly divisible by 4 (2004, for example) […]

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Wedding Anniversary Names

What is a Wedding Anniversary? A wedding anniversary is the anniversary of the date a wedding took place. On a wedding anniversary in many countries it is traditional to give a gift to your partner (or couples) that symbolize the number of years of marriage. The names of some wedding […]

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Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious

“Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” ( /ˌsuːpərˌkælɨˌfrædʒɨˌlɪstɪkˌɛkspiːˌælɨˈdoʊʃəs/) is a song from the 1964 Disney musical film Mary Poppins. The song was written by the Sherman Brothers, and sung by Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke. It also appears in the stage show version. Since Mary Poppins was a period piece set in 1910, period-sounding […]

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Longest Word in English

The identity of the longest word in English depends upon the definition of what constitutes a word in the English language, as well as how length should be compared. In addition to words derived naturally from the language’s roots (without any known intentional invention), English allows new words to be […]

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Teaching English Online?

Interested in teaching English online? Find out everything you need to know – from requirements to where to find work – in our handy guide below. Teach English Online: The Basics What does teaching online involve? Online TEFL involves teaching English language learners over a video connection. This is often […]

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