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‘DIY’ is of course an abbreviation of ‘do it yourself’, and both terms refer to the carrying out of a task by oneself, especially around the home. The entries […]

rock paper scissors

‘Rock paper scissors’ ​is the most common English name for this game of symbolic hand gestures, but according to the ​OED​’s current evidence, it isn’t the earliest one. Scissors paper stone (1932), […]


The jackalope is a mythical beast of the American West, in the form of a jackrabbit with horns like those of a deer or pronghorn antelope. The earliest evidence of the creature’s name found so far […]