"Beyond the formative effects of reading on the individuals composing society, the fact that they have read the same books gives them experiences and ideas in common. These constitute a kind of shorthand of ideas which helps make communication quicker and more efficient. That is what we mean when we say figuratively of another person, We speak the same language."
—Charles Scribner, Jr.
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- Watch the latest news summary from BBC World News. International news updated 24 hours a day.
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- Pop star Taylor Swift has trademarked phrases including "this sick beat" and "we never go out of style", in the United States to prevent unauthorised use of her work on merchandise.
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- A day after repeating one line 29 times in a news conference, Seattle Seahawks player Marshawn Lynch has been at it again, giving a variation of the same answer 14 times.
- VIDEO: Museum's famous dinosaur on the move Thu, 29 Jan 2015 14:14:42 GMT
- The Natural History Museum's long-time entrance hall exhibit of a Diplodocus dinosaur will be replaced by a giant blue whale skeleton.
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- Toys are getting ever more hi-tech - from robots that can research the internet to toy drones and plastic pets.
- Campaign challenges blasphemy laws Fri, 30 Jan 2015 00:24:46 GMT
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- The complex case of joint enterprise Fri, 30 Jan 2015 02:19:10 GMT
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- Iran's Revolutionary Guards take lead on foreign affairs Thu, 29 Jan 2015 13:27:04 GMT
- It is becoming increasingly clear that a more pro-active foreign policy is being driven by Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), says BBC Persian's Kasra Naji.
- VIDEO: Is the world really getting nastier? Thu, 29 Jan 2015 15:09:56 GMT
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- Saudi Arabia and an uncertain future Thu, 29 Jan 2015 02:28:57 GMT
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- Man missed lottery jackpot by seven seconds Thu, 29 Jan 2015 19:32:12 GMT
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- Amazon posts modest holiday profits Thu, 29 Jan 2015 22:43:21 GMT
- The online retail giant Amazon reports weaker profits for the busy Christmas period, but a 15% rise in sales cheers investors.