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Five popular phrases associated with the Titanic?

1. And the band played on...
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How fast is the English language expanding?

According to new research, the English language has doubled in size over the last century and continues to grow 'by 8,500 words a year and now stands at 1,022,000 words.'

Why does the USA not have an official language?

58 countries have English as an official language - but not the USA. 

Why is English not the official language of England?

58 countries list English as an official language - but not the UK. 

How did Japanese words enter the English language?

Oxford English Dictionary editor, John Simpson, explains how Japanese words entered English in three distinct historical phases.



Where does the word robot come from?

What is kabuki theatre? How is this term used in politics?

Kabuki theatre is classical Japanese dance-drama, with very stylised action, masks and heavy make-up. It dates back to the early 17th century. As in the original Shakespeare productions, all the actors are men.

How did The Beatles get their name?

Dusty Springfield: John, this is a question which you've probably been asked a thousand times before, but you always..., all of you give different versions, different answers, so you are going to tell me now. How did the Beatles get their name?

What is the Rorschach test?

The Rorschach test is a diagnostic tool used to gain psychological insight. It uses 10 standard black or coloured inkblot designs to assess personality traits and emotional tendencies.

Where does the word tycoon come from?

The word tycoon is derived from the Japanese word taikun (大君?).