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. < >
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 […]
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!
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 […]
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 […]
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!
Word of the Day: coxcomb - a vain and conceited man; a dandy... oxford.ly/1Hrmu59
Guest blogger @spoonsontrays explores the language of longitude: oxford.ly/1yJKaak
Can you help the Oxford Dictionaries Community find a synonym for 'esteem'? oxford.ly/1zemJvc
Video: what do you call a new word made by combining two other words? oxford.ly/1617rO1