Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Why do we say 'flea market'?


March aux puces - original flea market still popular in Paris
A mysterious term given that the market for fleas is limited. There are two (vaguely) plausible theories:
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Monday, 22 August 2016

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Which countries do not have an official language?

58 countries have English as an official language - but not the UK, the USA or Australia.
According to Henry Hitchings' Language Wars (2011)  there are only eight nations which do not have an official primary language.
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Monday, 15 August 2016

Should Elvis have been 'shaken up"?

shake up
1. To upset by or as if by a physical jolt or shock: was badly shaken up by the accident.  Source Freedictionary.com
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