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Do synonyms exist?

12 October 2016

Inside Language | Streams, brooks, creeks, rivulets – they’re not quite the same thing, are they?


They might have started off meaning the same things, but words acquire all kinds of baggage along the way – which means that mutts, hounds, curs and canine quadrupeds aren’t interchangeable, despite what the thesaurus might imply.

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Kate Burridge & Peter Clarke

12 February 2016

Inside Language | Disinterested or uninterested? Honing in or homing in? Kate Burridge and Peter Clarke look at the shades of meaning that might have had their day

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Homing in: Steven Pinker speaking at New York’s Strand Bookstore. jmm/Flickr

Homing in: Steven Pinker speaking at New York’s Strand Bookstore. jmm/Flickr