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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From "snuff" to "secondhand smoke," learn about the history and language of tobacco and smoking with this timeline. oxford.ly/11yQgkO
Video: Word of the Year… what would you choose? oxford.ly/1teGuuK
Word of the Day: vigesimal - relating to or based on the number twenty... oxford.ly/11iZpyf