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Japanese Hiragana & Katakana for Beginners: First Steps to Mastering the Japanese Writing System (CD-ROM Included)


The method that’s helped thousands in the U.S. and Japan learn Japanese successfully.

The Japanese language has two basic writing systems, hiragana and katakana, in addition to the one that uses Chinese characters or Kanji. 137 more words

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How Anti-Science Activists Abuse Dictionaries

“Dictionaries can be vital to getting a basic understanding of what words mean. However, anti-science activists have developed several different methods to exploit dictionaries for their own ideological goals. 157 more words

Debunking Denialism

teetotal

 

tombstone of Richard ‘Dicky’ Turner at Preston

“Beneath this stone are deposited the remains of Richard Turner, author of the word teetotal as applied to abstinence from all intoxicating liquors, who departed this life on the 27th day of October 1846, aged 56 years.”

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"Improving Authenticated Dynamic Dictionaries | Leonid Reyzin | Real World Crypto 2017


Real World Cryptography Conference 2017 https://www.realworldcrypto.com/ Improving Authenticated Dynamic Dictionaries, with Applications to Cryptocurrencies …
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to kick the bucket

 

 

MEANING

 

to die

 

ORIGIN

 

What is nowadays considered a folk etymology may well be the true origin: to kick the bucket quite possibly refers to  1,290 more words

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Maconochie

 

 

 

Maconochie Brothers was a company set up in 1873 by Archibald (1854-1926) and James (1850-1895) Maconochie. (Maconochie is a surname derived from the Gaelic  911 more words

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Oxford Word of the Month: January - turbo chook

noun: a jocular name for the Tasmanian native hen, Tribonyx mortierii.

THE STORY BEHIND THE WORD OF THE MONTH

The Tasmanian native hen is a flightless moorhen endemic to the island of Tasmania. 445 more words

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