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Redditor's Russian Wife Can't Describe a Tape Measure, Accidentally Creates a Dictionary of New Terms for Things

English is hard sometimes. Just ask a new learner who can't differentiate between the pronunciation of "rough," "bough," "cough," and "though." For Redditor UniverseProjects' Russian wife, finding the right term for a tape measure was a challenge. Cue the flood of spinoff terms in the comments section of the post, some of which actually make more sense than the original term...

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Informative Tumblr Thread Deconstructs Actual Meanings of Figures of Speech

Some of your favorite sayings may have actually been invented to say exactly the opposite of what they now mean. Hey, you learn something new every day, right? Here's another enlightening thread on something that might be near and dear to you.

good ol' tumblr explains figures of speech and expression and where they came from
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