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See also: tips for using books for researching language origins acronyms and abbreviations origins - for training, research, speaking, writing, quizzes and exercises money slang and (English) money history argh / aargh / aaargh / aaaargh / aaarrgh / aaaaaaaaaaaaaaarrrrrgh (etc) - This is a remarkable word because it can be spelled in so many ways.
Argh (the shortest version) is an exclamation, of various sorts, usually ironic or humorous (in this sense usually written and rarely verbal).
The close relationship between society and language - especially the influence of French words in English history - is also fascinating, and this connection features in many words and expressions origins.
The lingua franca entry also helps explain this, and the organic nature of language change and development.
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Cliches and expressions give us many wonderful figures of speech and words in the English language, as they evolve via use and mis-use alike.
Many cliches and expressions - and words - have fascinating and surprising origins, and many popular assumptions about meanings and derivations are mistaken.
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