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Biography of poet John Donne wins UK nonfiction book prize

Nov. 18, 2022 14:09 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — A book that argues Elizabethan poet John Donne should rank alongside William Shakespeare as a literary genius has won Britain’s leading nonfiction book award British writer Katherine Rundell’s biography “Super-Infinite: The Transformations of John Donne” was...

Happy hygge! Scrabble dictionary adds hundreds of words

Nov. 16, 2022 09:22 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Here's the sitch, Scrabble stans. Your convos around the board are about to get more interesting with about 500 new words and variations added to the game's official dictionary: stan, sitch, convo, zedonk, dox and fauxhawk among them. Out this month, the add-ons in...

Words on bronze hand may rewrite past of Basque language

Nov. 16, 2022 08:56 AM EST

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — The discovery of five words inscribed on a 2,000-year-old bronze hand may help rewrite the history of the Basque language, one of Europe's most mysterious tongues. Investigators in northern Spain said this week they discovered what they believe to be the...

Peacock hopes to capitalize on subscribers with World Cup

Nov. 14, 2022 06:06 AM EST

Since its launch in 2020, NBCUniversal has had its share of big events to showcase its Peacock Streaming Service. It gets another one this month with the FIFA Men’s World Cup. With Telemundo as the official Spanish-language broadcaster in the United States, Peacock will simulcast...

As Cantonese language wanes, efforts grow to preserve it

Sep. 26, 2022 22:59 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Three decades ago, finding opportunities to learn Cantonese in San Francisco wasn't hard. But today in the city that's drawn Cantonese speakers from South China for over 150 years, there's fear that political and social upheaval are diminishing a language that is a cultural...

Algeria expands English lessons to primary school students

Sep. 21, 2022 12:00 PM EDT

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — As a new academic year starts in Algeria, third graders returning to primary school Wednesday will be taught English, as well as French, as a foreign language -- a small but symbolic step toward taking the country further away from its past as a French colony that some say...

ICYMI, pumpkin spice among new Merriam-Webster entries

Sep. 08, 2022 12:04 PM EDT

Finding out that shrinkflation, adorkable, subvariant and even pumpkin spice are now officially in the dictionary might make you exclaim “Yeet!” ICYMI, those are five of the 370 words and phrases that Merriam-Webster added to its dictionary this month, the publisher announced...