Quince: Middle English plural of Old French cooin

The Top Ten: Plurals that have become singular

I used "data" as a plural the other day, which is a bit old-fashioned. Data, dice, graffiti, panini, media and politics are usually singular nouns these days, and I know only one person who treats news as a plural, but Rich Greenhill came up with many other words that were once – unknown to me – plurals. Here are the best...

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Alan Johnson recalled how, as a child, he used to have to stuff paper in his ears at night, to keep out the cockroaches, beetles and earwigs

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Arifa Akbar: Never mind Michael Gove, I'd ban Of Mice and Men and other over-used set texts

The Americans can't know if they're coming or going in our Brave New Ukip-enhanced World. First that gatekeeper of Commonwealth literary tradition, the Man Booker prize, opens its borders to the Americans, to a hail of doomy predictions on how British fiction will be over-run by any number of gum-chewing Yankie doodle dandies with a Creative Writing MFA in their back pockets.

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25th May, 1835

'You’re fired': Christopher Hitchens' Hitch-22

The top ten: Footnotes

Thanks to Calum (again) for suggesting this list, after I had commented on the wonder of the footnotes in John Campbell's biography of Roy Jenkins, a fabulous old-fashioned book, with footnotes at the bottom of the page, plus endnotes, including endnotes in the footnotes.

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Crowd control: institutions like New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art are packed

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Cillian Murphy stars as Tommy Shelby in Peaky Blinders

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The cast of The Big Bang Theory in a still from the show

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Rupert Murdoch and Rebekah Brooks in 2011

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Adèle Exarchopoulos and Léa Seydoux play teeneage lovers in the French erotic drama 'Blue Is The Warmest Colour' - The survey found four times as many women admitting to same-sex experiences than 20 years ago

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Comedian Jack Dee has allegedly threatened to quit as chairman of long-running Radio 4 panel show 'I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue'

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Director Paul Thomas Anderson (right) and his movie The Master featuring Joaquin Phoenix

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Christian Grey cradles Ana in the Fifty Shades of Grey film

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There are no plans to replace R Kelly at the event

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<p><strong>Laura
Carmichael- Lady Edith Crawley</strong></p>
<p>Carmichael currently stars as Sonya in the West End production of
Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya at the Vaudeville Theatre. She made headlines this autumn
when Royal Shakespeare Company founder Sir Peter Hall shouted at her in a
half-sleepy state during her performance. </p>
<p>Carmichael made another appearance on the stage in 2011, playing
two characters in David Hare’s <em>Plent</em>y
at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield. </p>
<p>Away from the stage she starred as receptionist Sal in the 2011
film <em>Tinker Tailor Solider Spy</em>. </p>

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Zoe Saldana admits she's

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'Old Fashioned' will be a different kind of love story to '50 Shades'
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The Great British Bake Off contestants line-up behind Sue and Mel in the Bake Off tent

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Mitch Winehouse is releasing a new album

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Beast would strip to his underpants and take to the stage with a slogan scrawled on his bare chest whilst fans shouted “you fat bastard” at him

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On set of the Secret Cinema's Back to the Future event

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