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Where does the word shampoo come from?

What is a portmanteu word?

What is the shortest complete sentence in English?

There are two main candidates for the shortest sentence in the English language:

Why does the USA not have an official language?

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

Why did James Joyce write in English?

For two centuries English has been the majority language in Ireland.

Irish English: What is cat melodeon?

Cat (a): dreadful, no good, awful, very bad. Or for a more emphatic version, Cat melodeon (Sounds like 'melojen')

Irish English: What is a gossoon?

gossoon Irish a boy [C17:fromOldFrenchgararçon]