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The amusing homophony of English 

Amusing to tears In English, due to its twisted spelling, it is not always possible to exactly identify the word pronounced. What is meant by [raɪt]—right, rite, wright, write? Pronounced similarly and written differently, these words are called homophones. Lots of jokes are based on homophony. For instance, May 4 is celebrated as the so-called Star Wars Day because the […]

Controlling faces

Surprise, we have a pseudo-anglicism here! The English language has an extraordinary phrase, “face control.” It might come as a surprise to you that the word came into English from Russian. It is one example of so-called reborrowing. The term was born in the Russian language during the “wild ’90s” in CIS countries. Back then, at a time when people […]