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How did the Americans learn to spell English differently from the British?

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How did the Americans learn to spell English differently from the British

New Delhi, Oct 12 : How did the Americans learn to spell English differently from the British? Why did ‘colour’ become ‘color’  ‘lustre’ become ‘luster’ flavour and centre became-flavor?

And, why, for that matter, didn’t ‘grotesque’ become ‘Grotesk’? How did American English and British English grow apart? This animated video has some answers…

We’re lucky in our modern-day habits because we can turn to the dictionary when in doubt about a spelling. When the pilgrims left for what were to be the American colonies, they had books but not dictionaries. And publishers weren’t all that rigid about spelling at the time.

Samuel Johnson in 1755 tried to standardise things with A Dictionary of the English. However,  America got its own Johnson only in 1806, in the form of Noah Webster, who thought that  the country “should be as independent in literature as she is in politics”.

Exit all letters not pronounced, such as the “u” in “colour” or “odour”. Enter “er” instead of “re”, like in “centre/center” to be consistent with pronunciation. Out with the “c” when the sound was of an “s”, such as “offence/offense“.

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New Delhi, April 27: Love shopping online? There are many ways you can adopt to save money or get more benefit from the deal, say experts.

Ramakant Khandelwal, Chief Marketing Officer at PayBack India, and Abhishek Agarwal, CEO and Founder, Globepanda, suggest how to save money:

* Compare prices (automatically): You need to simply download a small robotic tool (in the form of chrome extension) which can instantaneously compare price of a product, that you are viewing at an e-commerce site, across most of the leading e-commerce merchants. It can confirm if the price you are seeing is the lowest across, or you should switch to another e-commerce merchant where it is the lowest. You can also set price alerts which will notify you at the right time when your desired product will be available online.

* Free shipping: Always keep an eye on e-commerce platform who offer free shipping facilities. But mostly they put a cap of minimum order value, which leaves you with no choice but to exceed your budget to avail it. To overcome this, you can either upgrade your membership for an annual fee or club your purchases or with your friends, so that your cart value is above the minimum amount.

* Read reviews about gifts, coupons, and discount: A lot of buyers are lured into buying from a particular site just because they offer free gifts, coupons and discounts. However, the gifts, cash backs and coupons may not really be a lucrative deal when you compare the after discount price of the product with the actual price on other sites. Moreover, the free gifts sometimes are really a thing you have no use for so read about it before you go ahead and order.

* Exchange offers: Many e-commerce merchants provide exchange offers to customers wherein they can exchange their old product with a brand new one and pay off the effective final price. Make sure that your product qualifies for the offer. One good way to track such offers is to get a newsletter subscription. Hence stay updated about the best exchange offers.

* Look for reward points: Reward point is a nice topping without any effort or cost. If you are only a little bit more aware you can easily earn extra points, offers and rewards on your online purchases. Sometimes, all it takes, is that you start your journey from an affiliate partner and get extra points. Points can be redeemed against attractive e-vouchers of several online portals ranging from fashion, gadgets and travel.

* Adopt a saving strategy: Sometimes people register on an affiliate network and buy all things from that account which gives cash back on nearly every deal. This is a great way to save money on every purchase. Also, sometimes the price of a product you are interested in is lower in the incognito window as the seller has a tool in place which inflates the price of things a customer is interested in and has searched online in the past.

* Additional offers: Most of the e-commerce merchants offer credit/debit card specific offers either in terms of discount or cashback, from time to time, which easily add to your savings. In addition to this, purchase via app can also get special deals, cashbacks and discounts.

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Wearing black on date can get you mate

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London, April 27: Planning to go on a date? Ditching the traditional red for black may help you find love and land a potential mate.

According to a study, black beats red as the colour of choice when it comes to finding new love.

The study suggests that red increases the perceived sexual receptivity of the wearer, while black increases how fashionable the person is thought to be.

“Red is traditionally seen as the colour of love but more recent research has shown that both black and red are perceived as equally attractive and that the two colours may simply increase attractiveness in different ways,” said lead researcher Robin Kramer, from Britain’s University of Lincoln.

“While red may increase perceived attractiveness through evolutionary mechanisms, dates appear to rely more heavily on black in order to attract a potential mate, suggesting that cultural and societal influences may play a much larger role in the way people dress than the use of evolutionary signals.”

The findings, published in the journal Evolutionary Psychology, are based on the British TV series “First Dates”, which shows that single people wear more of the darker hue when meeting a potential partner for the first time.

The study examined the dressing habits of 546 people across six series of the show and found that both men and women wore more red clothing during the date scenario compared with the pre-date interview.

However, there was a larger increase in the amount of black clothing on display – for example, black shoes, trousers, and dresses – during the dates.

The researchers also found that more black than red was worn overall in both contexts.

The increase in red and black worn on the date itself was found for both heterosexual and same-sex dates.

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Can mangoes make you fat?

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New Delhi, April 25: Summers are the bearer of the sweet aroma of memories of vacations, lazy afternoons and mangoes. This fruit is loved by all young or old but lately it has been infamous for its sugar content and is considered as a cause of weight gain so can mangoes really make us fat?

Saumya Shatakshi, Senior Nutritionist, Healthians, suggests the pros of eating mangoes and what to keep in mind:

* Mango is not just pure indulgence but a powerhouse to various nutrients like it has vitamin A, iron, copper and potassium.

* Mango is an energy food and provides sugar rush to the body which helps boost the energy levels of the body and keeps you active throughout the day.

* It is a storehouse to Vitamin C that increases the immunity and it is also rich in dietary fibre content

* Eating too much of mangoes can be harmful for health so maintaining the portion control is the key

* A medium-sized mango has nearly 150 calories, eating anything beyond the permissible calorie limits results in weight gain. Hence, it is advised not to overeat.

* Eating mangoes after meals increases the overall calories intake.

* We should replace our mid-morning or evening snacks with mangoes. It helps one enjoy the king of fruits without worrying about piling calories.

* Avoid having mangoes at night. It is preferable to have it during the first half of the day.

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Celebrity nutritionist and dietician Nmami Agarwal suggests:

* The number of calories that food carries tells you how much energy it provides. Excess calories are stored as fat, which is why over eating leads to weight gain.

* Mangoes are inversely high on sugar, which generally is an enemy. This is because it causes insulin spikes and falls, which can leave you hungry and cause you to overeat.

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