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Crash Blossoms is an odd subject line. But ‘crash blossoms’ happens to be about certain subject lines in the print media. In particular crash blossom is about certain newspaper headlines. Editors always want to make the headlines as concise as possible. The end result sometimes goes awry. At tim...

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The long held view that you are losing it once you step into the forties is being turned on its head. In fact, not only are the middle aged not losing it, they can refurbish their brain with practice and patience. The old view that 40% of your brain cells are lost has been laid to rest. So for the forty somethings, the fifty somethings and the sixty somethings there is enough to rejoice. Barbara Strauch writing in New York times talks about Dr Burke's research on 'tots' or tip-of-the-tongue phenomena and I quote: One explanation for how this occurs comes from Deborah M. Burke, a professor of psychology at Pomona College in California. Dr. Burke has done research on “tots,” those tip-of-the-tongue times when you know something but can’t quite call it to mind. Dr. Burke’s research shows that such incidents increase in part because neural connections, which receive, process and transmit information, can weaken with disuse or age.

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Have you ever wondered about the longest word in the English language? I grew curious after I heard the word lymphosarcoma. Actually, Amitabh Bachhan of Bollywood famously diagnosed Rajesh Khanna with ‘lymphosarcoma of the intestine’ in a touching Bollywood movie called ‘Anand’. That’s how I came to know about lymphosarcoma. It turns out that the longest word in the English language depends upon what words form part of your investigation. Are you including only such words that are derived naturally from the language’s roots? Are you allowing words that have been formed by coinage and construction? Are you considering place names and technical terms? Now, technical terms can be as long as you want. Also, the units of measurement can even differ. Length can be measured by the number of written letters in a word or the number of phonemes in that word.

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