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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Ten Things of Word

  1. PR-speak for somebody who flies around the country sacking people is a "corporate downsizer".
  2. The adjective "bootylicious" has entered the English dictionary.
  3. The art of letter writing was perfected in the Renaissance period.
  4. Some suggest writing in simpler easier-to-translate language is seeing the end of more sophisticated word-play, while others share funny examples of mixing your nouns and your verbs.
  5. The biggest American song of 1979 "My Sharona" was written to woo an underage girl.
  6. A copy of the first comic to feature caped hero Superman has been sold on the internet for $1m.
  7. The orangutan - meaning "man of the forest" in Malay - is said to be humankind's closest relative, and is close to extinction.
  8. One senior editor believes the written word will be extinct by 2050.
  9. The world's largest military aircraft cemetery is dubbed The Boneyard.
  10. British police officers in some parts of the country are being made to wear name badges rather than their traditional collar numbers.

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