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bit rot

when electronic information is lost because the software or devices needed to read it are no longer available … read more

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10 royal idioms

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Michael's grammar tip: can or may?

Macmillan Dictionary Real Grammar

Should you use can or may when asking for permission? Editor-in-Chief Michael Rundell explains in his latest video.


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jive

to dance a jive

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