In the first of our new opinion columns, Bonnie Kneen looks at the problems surrounding the word ‘bisexual’, and the power of language to make visible – or erase. * * * * * * * * * * * * 23 September is Bi Visibility/Celebrate Bisexuality […]
Someone called James Marsters turns fifty this week. If you’ve never heard of him, that’s not surprising. Outside the fandom of TV shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer he is, in his own words, ‘just another actor’. But if you’re one of the fans, then the idea that Spike is turning fifty might be giving you […]
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- Grammar myths #1: is it wrong to end a sentence with a preposition?
- Grammar myths #2: please miss, can I start a sentence with a conjunction?
- Lie or lay? Laying down the law on some puzzling verbs
- Compliment or complement?
- Principle or principal?
- OED birthday word generator: which words originated in your birth year?
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- Video: acronyms and initialisms – what’s the difference?
- Feeling bright? 8 historical synonyms for ‘clever’
- Gallery: new quotations in the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations
- America’s war on language
- The peculiar history of cows in the OED
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- 20 words that originated in the 1920s
- How do British and American attitudes to dictionaries differ?
- What the Romans did for us: English words of Latin origin
- Why did Tolkien use archaic language?
‘Censure’ or ‘censor’? Make sure you know the difference... bit.ly/1eJaQlu
ICYMI: Word of the Day: apathetic - showing or feeling no interest, enthusiasm, or concern... oxford.ly/1Laap3J
Is a turtle a reptile or an amphibian? Find out... oxford.ly/1tfwvvT
And the winner of our Word of the Day short story competition is... oxford.ly/1DazJAZ