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By Lyndal Cairns

The first time I heard the word bucolic, I thought it was a synonym for colic. But its origin is so much stranger than that.

Dirty words lost in translation

By nopantsadmin

There is so much regional variation in our language it is a wonder we understand each other at all. Though what interests me most is when words diverge into two paths, often close enough to be confused, and why so many of these words are so very naughty.