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Gifts, Presents, and a Brief History on the English Language

Have you ever wondered why the words “gift” and “present” are so different yet mean the same thing? Sure, they’re sometimes used in different contexts (people say “the gift of life” but never “the present of life” and a present (object) shouldn’t be confused with the present (time)), but generally, both mean the same thing: …

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Explaining “Vive La France!” and Why France Is a Very Patriotic Country

Each country has its own culture of showing patriotism. Many countries that were previously colonised but gained their independence centuries ago still continue to celebrate their day of independence. In countries like South Korea and China, citizens opt for traditional attires over western-style clothing for formal events. And in some countries, citizens prefer to speak …

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English Idioms Decoded: What Are Crocodile Tears?

After writing my last article explaining “rooting for the underdog,” I’ve since started watching analysis videos on the show Black Mirror by YouTuber Bryce Dallas Brown. In one of my favorite episodes, “Crocodile,” Brown gives a really good explanation why it was given that title. It symbolizes the crocodile-like grip of the consequences of the …

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American Slang Decoded: Kill Them with Kindness – What Does It Mean?

In my last article, I discussed the American slang “How ‘bout them apples?” and how, contrary to what it says literally, the phrase actually has nothing to do with apples and more about showing off. But there are still a lot of American English idioms that exist in our vocabulary that can confound people whose …

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