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Five ways Dickens expanded the English language

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After Shakespeare, Charles Dickens has been the writer who most expanded the vocabulary we use.

Words with the most separate meaning?

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Here are the top ten words with the most entries in the Oxford English Dictionary. 

What is schmutter?

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schmutter [ˈʃmʌtə]  noun Yiddish slang for cloth or clothing

Why Orwell did not like Esperanto?

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Polish linguist and pacifist, L.L. Zamenhof invented Esperanto ('hope) which he believed could be an international lingua franca or second language.

Why are irregular verbs important?

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There are around 180 irregular verbs in English . These are  vastly outnumbered by the thousands of standard ones.  

Ten most used verbs in English?

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Here are the ten most heavily used verbs in the English language: 

What does Kabuki mean? How is this term used in politics?

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Kabuki  theatre is a stylised Japanese dance-drama tradition.

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

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Everything about the word hooley is disputed, including the spelling.

What is a smoking gun? Where does the phrase come from?

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A smoking gun is a weapon that has recently been fired.

Where does the word tsumami come from?

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Tsunami  first appeared in a National Geographic Magazine article in 1896.