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INDEFFED

Indefinite appointments give unlimited tenure to academics, which must be one of the few positive uses of the adjective. The cut-down form – indeff, turned into the verb indeffed – carries the weight of a life-sentence for those whose editorial ...

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SKEUOMORPH

When I referred to the trash or recycle bin on our desktops in a Strictly Speaking last month (18/9), I didn’t know that this is what’s known as a skeuomorph (from the Greek skeuos “vessel, implement” + morphe “form”). The ...

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BIRTHISM

Birthism is a new word for a very old kind of bias or prejudice against others according to their birthplace. It is a thinly disguised form of chauvinism, disparaging of different nationalities, ethnicities and any other language than one’s own. ...

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