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Why are Academy Awards called Oscars?

There is no definitive explanation as to how Oscar became the popular name for an Academy Award.

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What is 'concept creep'?

How did Dickens change the English language?

What is figgy pudding?

We want some figgy pudding
Please bring it right here! We won’t go until we get some
We won’t go until we get some
We won’t go until we get some
So bring it out here! The pudding that the (apparently drunk) guests singing We Wish You a Merry Christmas demand so rudely is a variant on the tradition Christmas Pudding. 

If your guests 'won't go until [they} get some' you could try a recipe here.

What is Frankinsense? And Myrrh
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Where does the word nativity come from?

The word derives from the Latin 'natal' meaning birth (1200–50; ME nativite < OF nativité < LL nātīvitās)

Who was King Wenceslas? And the the Feast of Stephen?

As every Czech knows, Wenceslas (907–935) is known by several names. Saint Wenceslas I, Duke of Bohemia and Václav.

Irish English: What is a gossoon?

gossoon Irish a boy [C17:fromOldFrenchgararçon]