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Spell

A form of words used as a magical charm or incantation. A state of enchantment caused by a magic spell. An ability to control or influence people as though one … Continue reading

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Britishisms

1. An expression that is used in Great Britain (especially as contrasted with American English). 2. A custom that is peculiar to England or its citizens. Ginger (red hair), sell-by … Continue reading

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Bicycle

A vehicle consisting of two wheels held in a frame one behind the other, propelled by pedals and steered with handlebars attached to the front wheel. THE MAN WHO LIVED … Continue reading

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Chessboxing

Chessboxing is  a mixture of chess and boxing – one round of chess is followed by a round of boxing and so on until the winner is declared by knockout, … Continue reading

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Squeeze

Extract liquid or a soft substance from something by compressing or twisting it firmly. Manage to get into or through a narrow or restricted space. Pressurize someone in order to … Continue reading

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Northern Lights

A common name for the Aurora Borealis, a natural electrical phenomenon characterized by the appearance of streamers of reddish or greenish light in the sky, especially near the northern or … Continue reading

21/10/2012 · 1 Comment

Viral

An image, video, piece of information, etc. that is circulated rapidly and widely on the Internet. “In a world where over two days of video get uploaded every minute, only … Continue reading

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Daredevil

A reckless person who enjoys doing dangerous things. Felix Baumgartner, who has become the first skydiver to go through the sound barrier, says the main goal of his exploit was … Continue reading

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Guerrilla stickers

Guerrilla , as modifier, means referring to actions or activities performed in an impromptu way, often without authorization. This is one of the few words English has borrowed from Spanish.It … Continue reading

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Single

A short record or CD featuring one main song or track. Fifty years ago this month, on 5 October 1962, the Beatles released their first single Love Me Do launching … Continue reading

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Weeny

Extremely small. “Frankenweenie” is a heartwarming tale about a boy and his dog. After unexpectedly losing his beloved dog Sparky, young Victor harnesses the power of science to bring his … Continue reading

11/10/2012 · 1 Comment

Liar

A person who tells lies. “A lie has no power whatsoever by its mere utterance; its power emerges when someone else agrees to believe the lie.” That’s how Pamela Meyer … Continue reading

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Yawn

To open your mouth wide and breathe in deeply through it, usually because you are tired or bored. We all know that this reflex is clearly contagious, and some recent … Continue reading

07/10/2012 · 1 Comment

Pithy

Short and clever, expressing an idea cleverly in a few words. Thomas A. Lehrer is an American songwriter , satirist, pianist and mathematician, best known for the pithy, humorous songs … Continue reading

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