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Charlotte Elizabeth Diana: what’s in a royal baby name?

When Prince George of Cambridge was born, the OUP blog took the occasion to examine the history of the names given to baby, mother, and father. With the arrival of the latest addition to the British royal family, we’ve taken a look into the Dictionary of First Names to find out what the names Charlotte Elizabeth Diana mean. Charlotte […]

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Tex-Mex terms in English

The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) defines Tex-Mex as ‘a Texan style of cooking using Mexican ingredients and characterized by the adaptation of Mexican dishes, frequently with more moderate use of hot flavourings such as chilli; food cooked in this style.’ It is no secret, however, that plenty of the most common items on the Tex-Mex table are unambiguously […]

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May the Fourth be with you!

May the Fourth be with you! Playing off a pun on one of the movie’s most famous quotes, 4 May is the unofficial holiday in which Star Wars fans across the globe celebrate the beloved blockbuster series. The original Star Wars movie, now known as Star Wars IV: A New Hope, was released on 25 May 1977, but to those […]

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Are these quotes from Star Wars, Star Trek, or Battlestar Galactica?

How well do you know your ‘space operas’? See if you can match the quote to the right space opera franchise – all three are filled with a bounty of intergalactic wisdom and quotable dialogue. Let’s see if you can tell them apart!

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The language of horse-racing

2 May sees the running of the Kentucky Derby, one of the most important races in the American horse-racing calendar, in which 21 riders compete over the two kilometers of the famous Churchill Downs racecourse in Louisville, Kentucky for a total prize fund of $2,000,000. The race is also sometimes known as ‘the most exciting […]

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12 boxing metaphors you hear all the time

Although the sport still enjoys a relatively large following today, the huge popularity that boxing had over a century ago is obvious when you look at the impact that the sport has had on the English language. In fact, there are plenty of common boxing terms and situations that you use in a figurative sense […]

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5 language arguments you can stop having

Arguing about language is a passion for some people. However, Oxford Dictionaries is here to intervene and offer some insight into which arguments you don’t need to have anymore! 1. Literally Argument: Isn’t the use of literally when something isn’t actually real or happening incorrect? For some people, there is nothing worse than the figurative literally. […]

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37 dances from the OED

Because the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) captures the breadth and variety of the English language, something that one can trace through its entries are cultural fads and crazes. With that in mind, we have picked out a sampling of some of the dances mentioned in the OED, some new, some old, some still popular today, […]

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