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Strictly speaking: masstige

Masstige is defined as ‘a class of mass-produced, relatively inexpensive goods which are marketed as luxurious or prestigious’. It started out as a specialist marketing term at least 20 years ago, particularly in the beauty and fashion industries, but has ...

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Strictly speaking: software carpentry

The ancient craft of carpentry still implies hands-on working with wood, using tools such as saw, hammer and nails to join the pieces into weight-bearing structures. So the phrase software carpentry used for an advanced training course makes an odd ...

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Sexual harassment in STEM: Will time ever be up?

Since the Harvey Weinstein allegations were publicised in October last year, it seems the world has shifted. For the first time, women appear to be asserting their power over sexual harassers and abusers, and are being validated for doing so. Among the swathe ...

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Female PhD holders become proudly immodest

A doctor of history has sparked the latest academic Twitter spat. Dr Fern Riddell, a Research Associate at English university Royal Holloway, changed her Twitter name, adding the ‘Dr’ prefix, with the following explanation: My title is Dr Fern Riddell, not ...

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Strictly speaking | Eveninger

The online Oxford English Dictionary has regular updates, and an entry added last month was for the word eveninger. It’s actually quite an old term, first cited in the US in 1932 as an item of women’s evening wear, but ...

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