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Commonly Used French Words in the English Language

Commonly Used French Words in the English Language

One thing to remember before we talk about specific French words is that most European languages have Latin in common. Latin actually almost forms the base of the most dominant languages, such as English, French and Spanish. And since the English and the French have very strong ties in history, it is more than natural…

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A Short History of the English Afternoon Tea

A Short History of the English Afternoon Tea

The custom of afternoon tea as we know it was not invented overnight, but rather developed from an English love of tea that grew over centuries. Tea was first mentioned in English in 1615 in the records of the East India Company’s Japanese office. An employee, Richard Wickham, wrote a letter to merchants in China…

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The Customs Observed in the United Kingdom

The Customs Observed in the United Kingdom

The traditional English, Scottish, Welsh and Irish customs can still be found today, throughout the United Kingdom. However, quite a few of them have had some minor twists or additions to them, mostly due to massive social, cultural and economic changes. For example, the colonisation of so many different areas has brought a vast influence…

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Who Was Jack the Ripper?

Who Was Jack the Ripper?

No serial killer in England has ever sparked such hysteria and interest as Jack the Ripper. Also known as the Whitechapel murderer, the blood-curdling stories about Jack the Ripper still terrorise and amaze people to this day. In the mid-19th century, the parish of Whitechapel, London, became increasingly overcrowded due to an influx of Irish…

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