Tuesday, 17 May 2016

What is the origin of the word alphabet?

From the first two letters of the Greek alphabet - alpha and beta.
The English word alphabet came into Middle English from the Late Latin word alphabetum, which in turn originated in the Greek ἀλφάβητος (alphabētos), from alpha and beta, the first two letters of the Greek alphabet.[4] Alpha and beta in turn came from the first two letters of the Phoenician alphabet, and originally meant ox and house respectively. Source
More fun facts about the English language here (short audio with worksheet)
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Wednesday, 4 May 2016

What is a curveball?


In American English a curveball is a deceptive or unexpected action which poses a new challenge e.g. He threw a curveball by threatening to walk out of the meeting.  

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Thursday, 28 April 2016

What is 'concept creep'?

Concept creep is a term coined to describe 'psychology's expanding concepts of harm and pathology'.
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What is the shortest complete sentence in English?

There are two main candidates for the shortest sentence in the English language.
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