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What is an octothorpe?

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In the 1960s engineers at Bell Labs were designing the first touch keyboard telephones.

How did Japanese words enter the English language?

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Oxford English Dictionary editor, John Simpson, explains how Japanese words entered English in three distinct historical phases.

What is an intellectual? Where does the word come from?

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Which American term did Sergeant Pepper introduce to Britain?

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What is a rookie? Where does the word come from?

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A rookie is someone new to a particular situation or recently promoted to a higher level of competition or responsibility.

Where does the word pundit come from?

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From the Hindi/Sanskrit word 'pandit'.