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A Beginner’s Guide to Cockney Rhyming Slang

What is Cockney rhyming slang? If you’ve ever been to London and witnessed people speaking a strange kind of English that you didn’t understand, you were probably hearing Cockney rhyming slang. CRS replaces one word with a pair of words that rhyme with it. For example, ‘trouble and strife’ means ‘wife’ in Cockney rhyming slang, [...] → Continue Reading A Beginner’s Guide to Cockney Rhyming Slang

Why does English have different names for animals and their meat?

In English, we have different names for animals and their meat. For example, a cow is still a cow when it’s alive but when it’s been killed and is ready to eat, we call it ‘beef’. The same for ‘pig’ and ‘pork’, ‘sheep’ and ‘mutton’, ‘deer’ and ‘venison’, and so on. The reason for this [...] → Continue Reading Why does English have different names for animals and their meat?

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