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Which English Do You Speak?

Posted on March 20 2017 English_in_the_countries_of_the_world

Believe it or not, English still remains today’s lingua franca. Whether you are a native English speaker from the US, Canada, the UK, India, Australia, South Africa, or any of the other numerous English-speaking countries around the world, there’s always some kind of variation between dialects. Personally having surrounded myself with quite a few expatriated Brits while living(…)

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English Words that Came From the Russian Revolution

Posted on March 13 2017 honor-guard-67636_640

The amount of news stories referring to collusion or collaboration between the United States and Russia as of recent has done its fair share so as to inspire words like ‘disinformation’ and ‘propaganda’, both of which find their origins in Russian interestingly enough. Aside from the vast numbers of Serfs, Jews, and Slavs that fled Russia from(…)

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The “Hotel California” Phenomenon in Thailand

Posted on March 06 2017 hotel-california-featured

Hi, my name is John McMahon. I am an American who has lived in Thailand for over a decade and I need some help. Ten years ago I lived in a big house on a small side street with a little bar at the end. The owner of this bar also fancied himself a singer.(…)

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The Tricks of the Trade: Airline Language

Posted on February 27 2017 The-Tricks-of-the-Trade-Airline-Language

It may sound mythical, like unicorns or pots of gold at the end of rainbows to those born after around 1990, but it’s true: flying was once pleasurable. Before the abuse; the stripping, radiating, berating. It was a fairly simple process to board a plane. Before the luggage limitations and federal laws and armed marshals,(…)

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How George Washington Got Us a 3-Day Weekend

Posted on February 20 2017 How-George-Washington-Got-Us-a-3-Day-Weekend-featured

A year after General George Washington, the first President of the United States, died in 1799, his February 22nd birthday became a day of remembrance and celebration. Following suit, in 1832, the centennial of his birth was celebrated nationwide. Then, in 1848, the Washington Memorial began construction. In 1877, Rutherford B. Hayes, the 19th President(…)

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