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What is FLOTUS? Who is the POTUS?

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There some dispute as to when FLOTUS entered the lexicon: 

Which actress has most influenced the English language?

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Quotation reference books lean towards Mae West but in terms of cultural influence there can only be one  choice.

What is the Hobson-Jobson dictionary?

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In 1872 two men began work on a lexicon of words of Asian origin used by the British in India. Since its publication the 1,000-page dictionary has never been out of print.

What is a Birther? And a Truther?

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Birtherism and Truthism are two of the most tenacious contemporary conspiracy theories.

Should Elvis have been 'shaken up"?

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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

Where does the word referendum come from?

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Referendum derives from the Latin referre or refer back - in this case to the demos or people. In the early Twentieth Century the more commonly used term was plebiscite , but this became associated with dictators rubber stamping the seizing of power or territories. English Language Teaching Pack   -  only £1.99