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A USB 'dongle'

Er, What is a dongle? A brief guide to the latest techno-lingo

If you know already, well done. If not, read on to find out about the gizmo with the silly name

'S***storm' is a word Chancellor Angela Merkel likes, having used it to describe the Eurozone crisis

Scheißesturm! Why foreign swearing is best (as Angela Merkel knows)

Despite the fact that German is a better language than English for compound nouns, the latest addition to German dictionaries has a particularly British ring to it.

‘Big data’, ‘crowdsourcing’ and ‘e-reader’ have all been added to the dictionary

'It seems to be catching on' - OED adds 'tweet' to the dictionary

June's quarterly update to the Oxford English Dictionary includes a raft of technology-inspired words

Steve Wilhite, inventor of the GIF file, poses with an award backstage at the Webby Awards. He says the file should be pronounced 'jif' not 'gif' with a hard 'G'.

GIF inventor Steve Wilhite says it should be pronounced 'jif'

The inventor of the Gif file has revealed that the world has been mispronouncing his creation.

Poll: How do you say "GIF"?

Steve Wilhite, creator of the GIF has sparked controversy by declaring during an interview that his creation is properly pronounced "Jif".

Bottles of Smirnoff Ice were used to toast the nuptials of Verity Evetts and Christopher Buchanan

First the speeches. Then the Smirnoff Ice at high society wedding

It is more often associated with a teenager’s first curious sips of alcohol or as a sugary lubricant at school discos up and down the country, so Smirnoff Ice’s presence at a high society wedding at the weekend was a curious one.

Google Glasses will make suggestions based on what you’re seeing

Google is listening (and watching): First, futuristic specs. Next up it's Google Now, a voice-control service to sock it to Siri

Simon Usborne tries out Google Now - and finds the more it knows about you, the smarter it is

Ikea's 'Gosa Raps' fell foul of an unfortunate, though erroneous, translation

Branding: Always read the label - it may mean something completely different when translated

Pity the poor folk who invent product names; their lives are about to become very complicated

Courting controversy, Beyoncé and Jay-Z in Cuba

What rhymes with Treasury? Barack Obama raps Jay-Z's Cuba trip

The White House has been forced to deny that President Barack Obama was involved in granting clearance to the hip-hop mogul Jay-Z and his wife, Beyoncé, for a recent trip to Cuba.

Would-be polyglot officers will be offered lessons in 18 languages, costing £400 each

'Ello, Hola, salve – London police officers given courses in dealing with public in Spanish, Polish, Russian, Arabic…

London officers given courses in dealing with public in Spanish, Polish, Russian, Arabic…

As Kate Middleton knows to her cost, board games cause rows, for royals and ordinary goyim alike

My hosts told me how brilliant the novelist Zoe Heller was at the game. It was calculated to get my competitive juices flowing.

Poet becomes first Briton elected to illustrious Académie Française

Michael Edwards, who writes in English and French, joins eminent guardians of language

Scrabble

Should Scrabble's 75-year-old scoring system be changed? Researcher says modern words render the board game's tile values out of date

Joshua Lewis argues that many letters are now far more common than they used to be

Liverpool’s Luis Suarez congratulates Raheem Sterling
Nigel Farage

Ukip are by no means libertarian

"Right-wing" is the only appropriate description for Nigel Farage's party

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Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

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Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there
The 12 ways of Christmas: Spare a thought for those who will be working to keep others safe during the festive season

The 12 ways of Christmas

We speak to a dozen people who will be working to keep others safe, happy and healthy over the holidays
Birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends, new study shows

The male exhibits strange behaviour

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Famous diaries: Christmas week in history

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From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

The great tradition of St Paul and Zola reached its nadir with a hungry worker's rant to Russell Brand, says DJ Taylor
A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore: A prodigal daughter has a breakthrough

A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore

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Rodgers fights for his reputation

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Amir Khan attacks the Taliban

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