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Last week, a 32-year-old man in the US was nearly electrocuted after falling asleep with his iPhone charging in bed. The key word here is "nearly" - a point of difference many journalists failed to make.

As any English teacher or medical student will tell you, electrocution is not the same thing as an electric shock. While the latter can cause serious injury, only the former results in instantaneous death.

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Google has started offering dictionary definitions automatically when searches are performed for unusual words, eliminating the need to add define: to the front of those words. It doesn't trigger automatically for more common words (or Aussie slang), but it's a useful addition if you're confronted with a linguistic oddity.