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Being Modern: Burlesque

Burlesque is all about the tease. It involves a joke, a knowing wink. It's about celebrating the natural female form. It's a theatrical performance, naughty but nice, subversive but saucy...

Blackberry have found it increasingly difficult to compete in the mobile phone market with more fashionable Apple and Android phones

Addictive no more... 'Crackberry' owner gives up the fight with Apple

Disastrous slump in sales sees Research in Motion ditch consumer market to focus on business users

Spelling: When wordsmiths go to war

"P.T.E.R.O.D.A.C.T.Y.L?" Even as someone who gets paid to write words, that one nearly stung me. The spelling bee, the US educational staple made famous by 2002 documentary, Spellbound, is now available to test British wordsmiths' spelling abilities.

For the aspirant middle classes in England and America, the Britannica voulmes were often the first books the family owned

Encyclopedia Britannica: The end of its shelf life

Its current print run will be its last ever. John Walsh mourns the end of 244 years of bourgeois self-improvement

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Vocabulary: The moment meh became too boring for words

The word "meh", the verbal equivalent of a shrug of the shoulders, might date all the way back to a 1994 episode of The Simpsons, but in recent years it has become everyone's favourite way of expressing anything from tedium to indifference online.

Errors & Omissions: Take a peek at this pike from the peak – but leave the peke behind

Bryan Clarke writes from Dartford in Kent to draw attention to this, from a picture caption in last Saturday's magazine: "Take a peak at his rarely glimpsed later works." That should, of course, be "peek".

Mark Steel: If religion is 'marginal', I'm the Pope

Baroness Warsi is clearly committed to making religion look ridiculous

French scholar Dr David Macey

Dr David Macey: Internationally renowned French scholar

With the death of Dr David Macey, we have lost an internationally renowned scholar, author and translator, whose publications mapped and excavated the terrain of contemporary French intellectual and political debates.

The Blagger's Guide To...Dictionaries

Lexicon, a word book, from the Latin <i>dictio</i>

Letter from the i editor: I have a confession

I have a confession I am a little nervous of making, given the extreme reactions we get to this subject: I don’t do crosswords.

'No, we shouldn&rsquo;t just Google it': John Walsh laments the death of the reference book

Sales of reference books are sinking fast as we turn online for the answers to life's big &ndash; and small &ndash; questions. But our civilisation would be infinitely poorer if Roget's, Brewer's and Fowler's go out of print, argues John Walsh

Prophecy, By SJ Parris

Zounds! An Elizabethan feast &ndash; with a surfeit of ham

Dictionary consigns 'aerodrome' to history

While it may have been a rare occasion that one heard the word "wittol", it is now likely to become even more so, as it joins a number of words that have become extinct in the past year.

First Sight: Pottermore.com, the internet

Millions of Harry fans want more, and Pottermore &ndash; sort of &ndash; delivers
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Alexander Fury: The designer names to look for at fashion week this season

The big names to look for this fashion week

This week, designers begin to show their spring 2015 collections in New York
Will Self: 'I like Orwell's writing as much as the next talented mediocrity'

'I like Orwell's writing as much as the next talented mediocrity'

Will Self takes aim at Orwell's rules for writing plain English
Meet Afghanistan's middle-class paint-ballers

Meet Afghanistan's middle-class paint-ballers

Toy guns proving a popular diversion in a country flooded with the real thing
Al Pacino wows Venice

Al Pacino wows Venice

Ham among the brilliance as actor premieres two films at festival
Neil Lawson Baker interview: ‘I’ve gained so much from art. It’s only right to give something back’.

Neil Lawson Baker interview

‘I’ve gained so much from art. It’s only right to give something back’.
The other Mugabe who is lining up for the Zimbabwean presidency

The other Mugabe who is lining up for the Zimbabwean presidency

Wife of President Robert Mugabe appears to have her sights set on succeeding her husband
The model of a gadget launch: Cultivate an atmosphere of mystery and excitement to sell stuff people didn't realise they needed

The model for a gadget launch

Cultivate an atmosphere of mystery and excitement to sell stuff people didn't realise they needed
Alice Roberts: She's done pretty well, for a boffin without a beard

She's done pretty well, for a boffin without a beard

Alice Roberts talks about her new book on evolution - and why her early TV work drew flak from (mostly male) colleagues
Get well soon, Joan Rivers - an inspiration, whether she likes it or not

Get well soon, Joan Rivers

She is awful. But she's also wonderful, not in spite of but because of the fact she's forever saying appalling things, argues Ellen E Jones
Doctor Who Into the Dalek review: A classic sci-fi adventure with all the spectacle of a blockbuster

A fresh take on an old foe

Doctor Who Into the Dalek more than compensated for last week's nonsensical offering
Fashion walks away from the celebrity runway show

Fashion walks away from the celebrity runway show

As the collections start, fashion editor Alexander Fury finds video and the internet are proving more attractive
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Meet the stars of TV's Wolf Hall...

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Europe's biggest steampunk convention

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Don't swallow the tripe – a user's guide to weasel words

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Daddy, who was Richard Attenborough?

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