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Impret-Sir
Mr Burcow said that the suspension of parliament was " a Government fiat", at least that's how its pronounced! I cant find a definition of this word spelt that way, and 'feat' come back just as 'a...
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shanks889
After she turned on the oven, Yuki mixed the sugar, flour, eggs, milk, oil, and vanilla in the mixer, poured the batter into the buttered pans, and put the cake in the oven. PS.(please help me so I...
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vulcan42
is used, according to the dictionary, in the RAF to denote a number of planes subordinate to a wing. Yet the rank of Group Captain is higher than the rank of Wing Commander. Anybody know why?
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Davypops
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pinstripe
Is there an actual phrase or verb to describe the action of slapping someone with a glove like when someone challenges another to a duel?
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Jackdaw33
I was in the surgery this morning when a man came in with his toddler. When it flashed up on the screen the lad was described as Master... This got me thinking. When I was young any mail (usually...
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pinstripe
If something / someone is unkempt is it not logically possible for something / someone to be Kempt?
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Svejk
would you say; MY-sogynist or MISS-ogynist...
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Lynn_M
I wish to explain how to make a picture on Facebook go big. First, you left click on the picture, which makes the picture go a bit bigger and focuses on that particular item; everything behind it has...
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boxtops
Two we've heard today ..at full pelt and as sweet as a nut any ideas where these phrases originate? Google doesn't give much away!...
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cupid04
Mostly used in poetry and hymns etc. Is there a ruling for which one or can you use either?...
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trt
nickname of coppers?
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rockfordill
Having just moved into this area I was interested to learn that the town of Arundel got its name from the French for swallow, hirondelle, that came over with the Normans. I thought it would have had...
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Jae1000000
I am not sure if this is the right category?. I was reading a film review and I came across a symbol that I have never seen before, what does a small letter a with a tilde over it and the Euro logo...
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Jamjar74
We are a Lancashire family and my old mother used to refer to someone with fat legs as "Legs like a Mullangolly (spelling probably not right) heifer". Has anyone heard of this expression and knows it...
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cupid04
Am I forgiven?
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society
My roaming mind was at it again - if a letter is 'silent' in a word, why is it added in the spelling of the word?...
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corylus
Does anybody know the origins/meaning of the following Stubbins as in Stubbins Farm or Road and Long Tongue Scrogs Lane? All I can find is that both scrogs and stubbing refer to pollarded trees and...
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cupid04
Twerking mean?...
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cupid04
I just wrote on another post:- Just had first rumble and was told too much info! Has it got some sexual meaning, cos I can't find it and I've looked in the urban dictionary too!...

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