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The Moving Circle

The position of the Arctic Circle is not fixed; as of 27 July 2018, it was 66°33′47.2″ north of the Equator. Its latitude depends on the Earth’s axial tilt, which fluctuates within a margin of 2° over a 40,000-year period, due to tidal forces resulting from the orbit of the Moon. Currently, the Arctic Circle…

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Hidebound

Hidebound dates from the mid 16th century, when it meant malnourished cattle, then emaciated human beings. Only later did it begin to be used figuratively to mean narrow in outlook, unwilling or unable to change because of tradition or convention.

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This Is $12.00

Sometime between January and April of this year, Tap increased its prices from $5.00/month to $12.00/month. It was cheap before, and I didn’t think the service could continue at that price. How can you make money at that level? Still, a jump to $12.00, that’s a big jump. In percentage terms it’s a 240% jump….

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Idioms and Reality

In case you are not familiar with it, the idiom It’s no use flogging a dead horse means that the outcome is already decided and no further effort can change that outcome. It means, furthermore, that it is blindingly obvious that to continue expending effort is a waste of time. I read somewhere, and I…

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A Goodish Amount

‘Goodish’ can mean a large amount (‘add a goodish amount of sugar to the mixture’) and can also mean good but not that good, as in: That horse has been goodish this season but he has a long way to go before he’s ready for the big race. The Free Dictionary cites several sources, including…