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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
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Ukip are by no means libertarian

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

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Ryan Reynolds branches out in Woman in Gold

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The UK horticulture industry is facing a skills crisis - but Great Dixter aims to change all that

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Sevenoaks is split over much-delayed decision on controversial grammar school annexe

Sevenoaks split over grammar school annexe

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Why Michael Carrick is still proving an enigma for England

Why Carrick is still proving an enigma for England

Manchester United's talented midfielder has played international football for almost 14 years yet, frustratingly, has won only 32 caps, says Sam Wallace
Tracey Neville: The netball coach who is just as busy as her brothers, Gary and Phil

Tracey Neville is just as busy as her brothers, Gary and Phil

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General Election 2015: The masterminds behind the scenes

The masterminds behind the election

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The ethics of pet food: Why are we are so selective in how we show animals our love?

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