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What makes something ironic?

Irony is a slippery concept. Sometimes it's used in speech, other times it's used to describe a situation – oh, and it can also characterize an attitude. Is its versatility its downfall?
The American Dialect Society chose ‘they’ as its ‘Word of the Decade.’ abstract_art7/Shutterstock.com

For linguists, it was the decade of the pronoun

Pronouns rarely, if ever, change. Then along came the gender nonbinary 'they,' which was just anointed ‘word of the decade.’
Doctors protest against what they see as the Conservative Party’s push to privatise the health service. Isabel Infantes/PA

The British election explained in five key phrases

One side wants to 'get Brexit done' while the other shouts the 'NHS is not for sale!'. What does it all really mean?

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