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Republic Day of India

WordWatch roundup: cwtch, republic, colored, and more

This series investigates changes in lookups for words and their meanings across OxfordDictionaries.com. The graphs are based on website data collected over a four-week period, and the accompanying commentary explores how news and other current events have influenced these word trends and sudden peaks in interest. austerity, noun, adj. < >

American football player

12 football terms you should know for Super Bowl Sunday

Although the basics of American football are clear to most Americans, some of the terms are still a bit more unfamiliar. Most people know what a pass is, and why we refer to players as running backs and receivers, but you probably don’t know why a long (nearly hopeless) pass is called a Hail Mary […]

punctuation

Which punctuation mark are you?

Is there anything more important than punctuation? Providing us with stops, pauses, exclamations, questions, and even social media savvy, punctuation marks have been breaking up and clarifying our language for quite some time. Spend a few moments taking our quiz and learn which punctuation mark best captures your personality!

writing competition

Word of the Day short story competition winner announcement

The OxfordWords blog is pleased to announce that Christian Boatswain has won our competition to include every Word of the Day from November in a story and secured a one-year gratis Gold subscription to OxfordDictionaries.com, as well as £50 worth of OUP books. Now, with so many delightful and creative entries, picking a winner wasn’t […]

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Lord Byron in the OED

Lord Byron, one of Britain’s greatest poets, was born on this day in 1788, so we thought this might be a good opportunity to trace his influence on the English language. We have consulted the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) and discovered more about Byron’s innovative use of language. While all the words listed below existed […]

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Can you figure out what these historical synonyms mean?

The Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary (HTOED) is a rich and wonderful collection of synonyms, some archaic and obsolete, others from slang and dialect, but all of them reflecting the long history and wide reach of the English language. Test your knowledge of them with this tough quiz!

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