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What is iconoclasm?

How did The Beatles influence American English?

The Beatles first flew into New York in February 1964 with what to American ears was a charmingly fresh approach to the English language. 

What is a flipped classroom?

The flipped classroom is based on a simple idea. Does it work?

What is Moore's law?

What is nepotism?

nep·o·tis·tic\ˌne-pə-ˈtis-tik\adjective

At what rate 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.'

How did Dickens change the English language?

Among writers quoted in the current edition of the OED, Dickens lags behind only Shakespeare, Scott, Chaucer, Milton, and Dryden for total number of citations (9,218). No one in the past two centuries comes close.Source

What does it mean to sound off?

Herman Cain sounds off on race, a debate win, and the need to simplify government

To sound off is to express an opinion with passion and force.

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.

Word for admirer of American culture?

America is a vast conspiracy to make you happy.
– John Updike There does not seem to be an agreed term for us admirers of American culture