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What is a humble brag?

What is Globish?

Globish is a term invented by a French business man, Jean-Paul Nerriere, to describe the form English used as a lingua franca or common world language.

What is the 'be all and end all'? Where does it come from?

The 'be-all-and-end-all' is now used to refer to a decisive life-changing event. It is usually used in the negative e.g. Your exams are important but are not the be-all-and-all.

What is schmutter?

schmutter [ˈʃmʌtə] noun

What is bitcoin? How do you use it?

Bitcoin is a digital currency that enables instant payments to anyone, anywhere in the world. It is currently trading at close to it highest ever value against major currencies

Where does the word OK come from?

The word OK entered American English in the 19th century and is now one of the most popular in the language. But there is little agreement as to its origins.

What is an octothorpe?

In the 1960s engineers at Bell Labs were designing the first touch keyboard telephones.

What is a hashtag?

Hashtags are the # symbols used on Twitter and other social media like Instagram and Facebook.

Five popular phrases associated with the Titanic?

1. And the band played on...