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The 100 best novels: No 2 – Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe (1719)

Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe comes second in our list of the best novels written in English. Robert McCrum explains the genius of this complex, irresistible novel<p>Robert McCrum introduces the series<p>English fiction began with The Pilgrim’s Progress, but nearly 50 turbulent years, including the …

42 Idiom Origins Explained

This week, John Green looks at the origins of 42 expressions such as "beat a dead horse," "peeping Tom," and "silver lining."<p>Don't miss an …

Pop Culture

10 Old English Words You Need to Be Using

If you learn just ten old words this month, let them be these, from Mark Forsyth's <i>The Horologicon: A Day’s Jaunt Through the Lost Words of the</i> …

Etymology

11 Words for People Who Hate Certain Things

Haters gonna hate. And with the Greek roots <i>mis-</i> and <i>miso-</i>, they can hate a whole lot of stuff.<p>1. Misodoctakleidist<p>Someone who hates practicing the …

Baking

56 Delightful Victorian Slang Terms You Should Be Using

In 1909, writing under the pseudonym James Redding Ware, British writer Andrew Forrester published <i>Passing English of the Victorian era, a dictionary</i> …

Great Depression

25 Words You Might Not Know Are Trademarked

Many of the items we use every day, like zippers and escalators, were once brand names. Even heroin, which no one should use any day, was a brand …

Comedy

10 Latin Phrases People Pretend to Understand

<b>By Kevin Fleming</b><p>Whether you're deciphering a cryptic state seal or trying to impress your Catholic in-laws, knowing some Latin has its advantages. …

Great Depression

These Fascinating Maps Show The Origin Of Words We Use All The Time

U.S. playwright Rita Mae Brown said: "Language is the road map of a culture. It tells you where its people come from and where they are going."<p>That quote comes to mind looking at these fascinating European etymology maps of various commons words posted by reddit user sp07, which provide a kind of …

15 Words That Don't Mean What They Used To

Want to make conversations more fun? Consider the former meaning of these everyday words.<p>1. Ejaculate<p><b>Used to mean:</b> To utter suddenly and …

601 The Most Cool Bedroom Designs Of 2013

Interior Design

40 DIY Ways to Upgrade Your Bedroom

January is a time for new beginnings, in the house, in the office, and in the gym. Though spring is typically the time for cleaning and organization, we like to think of January as a good time for a rest. For getting a little more rest while the days are still on the short side, and for cozying up …

Whimsical Headboard Ideas Without The Actual Headboard

We don’t all have beds that comes with headboards. In fact, most of us have a platform bed and they we shop for the detachable headboard later. But …

Interior Design

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5 Easy Bedroom Makeover Ideas

As a companion piece to our recent living room makeover post, today we highlight 5 easy <b>bedroom makeover</b> ideas. It’s a new year, and even though there …

40 Bedroom Colors That Will Make You Wake Up Happier

Because beige is no way to start the day.<p>These take-notice bedroom color ideas are total mood boosters. Once you've gotten all the inspiration you can here, check out our most stylish bedroom ideas.

Top Pin of the Day: A Bedroom With Orange Accents

Today's top pin is a bedroom with orange accents. For more inspiring photos and ideas, follow us on Pinterest.<p>Orange bedding accents brighten a white guest room in a San Francisco row house designed by Benjamin Dhong.<p>Pin it now.<p>Tour the sexy and modern San Francisco row house.

Brilliant Bedroom Designs

• 1 |<p>The first bedroom layout shows an unusual wall treatment that incorporates woodgrain to give a cohesive and cozy effect. The panels span the …

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Bedroom Accent Walls to Keep Boredom Away

While we did spend most of January showcasing some of the top design trends that are expected to rule the year ahead, accent walls are a perpetual …

5 Favorites: Bedside Shelves (in Lieu of Tables)

The traditional bedside table is a space hog that offers little storage in return. For small spaces, consider a better bedside companion: the …

The Amazing One-Day Bedroom Makeover

One designer, one bedroom, nine hours...<p>New York designer Amanda Nisbet accepts a challenge to complete a bedroom makeover for Jacqueline Blandi in one day. See the pictures and get ideas from our dreamy before and after. The clock starts ticking at 8:30 A.M....

12 Most Romantic Bedrooms

You're about to fall hard for these.<p>Soft throws, canopy beds and glam chandeliers — it doesn't get much more sexy and sophisticated than these bedrooms.

36 Relaxing Neutral Bedroom Designs

What are the main advantages of neutral colors? First of all, they are relaxing, they will help to enjoy your rest after a long day. The second …

Interior Design

Steal This Look: Clementine’s Mill Valley Bedroom

Is there any space more sacred than a teenage girl’s bedroom? Ideally, it’s a place for homework, primping, preening, and escaping (from parents). …

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Tahoe Ridge House / WA Design Inc

<i>Text description provided by the architects.</i> The Tahoe Ridge house is located on one of the last large parcels in the Tahoe area. Eight acres of land …

Tahoe