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Differences in British and American English

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You probably know that Americans stand in lines while the British stand in queues. American cars have hoods and trunks …

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Body Participles: A Word Thing

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Ever thought about words like backbreaking, nail-biting, toe-tapping? Well, I have!

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Football Idioms

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English is packed with idioms taken from sports. This post looks at football idioms.

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Eggcorns and Other Eggcorns

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I posted recently about mondegreens — the mishearing or misunderstanding of song lyrics or poetry. Today I’d like to talk about a similar, and similarly entertaining, linguistic error. It’s called an eggcorn, a term coined by linguist Geoffrey Pullum and Mark Lieberman in 2003.

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