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Native English Speakers Learn New Things About Their Language

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Just because someone’s mother tongue is English doesn’t mean that he or she knows everything about the language.

Recently, the staff at Simple English News learned from Oxford Dictionaries that a group of cats is called a clowder and a group of hippopotami is a bloat. A group of cooks, meanwhile, is a hastiness.

Oxford Dictionaries also offers a new English word every day. Today’s word is aptronym, “a person’s name that is regarded as amusingly appropriate to their occupation.” We didn’t know that, either.