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Dutch split pea soup (erwentensoep or snert)

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Slang.  It’s a term we use every day without really thinking of its precise meaning.  For instance, could you provide a coherent explanation of the difference between slang, jargon and colloquial speech?  Without a brief trip to our mutual friend Google?  If you put together various dictionary definitions of slang, you would come up with something […]

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Sweetcorn, chicken and chipotle soup

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  There are some words in the English language that arrive briskly and on time; sensibly dressed; do their job quietly, and move on.  Words like safe, sorry, train, paper, sun, yard, end.  But then you get the other words.  You know, words that flit into your speech like exotic tropical dragonflies, in sequinned ballgowns, 6-inch red […]

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