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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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On the slippery slope with rorters and fraudsters

Kate Burridge & Peter Clarke

8 January 2016

Inside Language | Linguist Kate Burridge talks to Peter Clarke about how a jolly old time became the province of fraudsters and other dubious characters

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Rorty times: “Drinking Party at Bob Sawyer’s,” an illustration in Charles Dickens’s The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club. Wikimedia

Rorty times: “Drinking Party at Bob Sawyer’s,” an illustration in Charles Dickens’s The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club. Wikimedia