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Pidgin, patois, slang, dialect, creole - English has more forms than you might expect — There are probably as many terms for different kinds of English vernacular as there are vernaculars themselves: pidgin, patois, slang, creole dialect and so on. But while we usually think of the vernaculars as oral versions of the English language, they're making their way into the written word as well.

Our unique 'microbial aura' travels with us wherever we go — Almost weekly, it seems, scientists confirm the importance and influence of the microbiome, the collection of bacteria and other microbes that live inside and on the human body and in the surrounding environment. From digestive health to allergy prevention, our microbiome affects the way we eat, breathe - even think.