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Friday 18 April 2014

In Brief: Hardest words to say

Phenomenon, remuneration and statistics have topped a list of the most commonly mispronounced English words.



The British Institute of Verbatim Reporters is the UK's leading organisation for professionals involved in taking down speech at court and tribunal hearings. A poll of its members found 10 words that Britons consistently find the most challenging to pronounce.

Kutcher seeks divorce

ASHTON Kutcher has filed for divorce from Demi Moore after seven years of marriage. The ' Two and a Half Men' actor filed his petition yesterday in Los Angeles, citing irreconcilable differences.

Moore announced last year that she was ending her marriage to the actor who is 15 years her junior, but she never filed. Kutcher and Moore married in 2005. After their split, Moore changed her Twitter name on the site from @mrskutcher to @justdemi.

Coleen's new boy

PREGNANT Coleen Rooney and her Manchester United star husband Wayne have confirmed their second baby will be another boy.

The new arrival, due in the spring, will be a brother for three-year-old Kai. Mrs Rooney said they decided to find out the sex of the baby at a scan yesterday.

Heated conceptions

The most popular time of the year for conceiving children has changed from the spring in Victorian times to December, according to research.

A study of around 130 million historic birth records has revealed that Victorians typically became pregnant in the spring, a report by family history website ancestry.co.uk said. By contrast, December conceptions are more common today, suggesting that the change could be attributed to central heating.

Number 13's a charm

OFFICIALS in New York have gathered good luck charms to accompany the unlucky number 13 that will light up when the New Year's Eve ball drops in Times Square.

The charms include a four-leaf clover, gold coins and a statue of the Buddha. Times Square Alliance president Tim Tompkins said officials want to reassure any superstitious revellers. More than one billion people are expected to watch the festivities on TV.

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