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When you travel but don’t speak the local language at all, some situations can be quite frightening, and funny.

Tourists dealing with language difficulties

Hello and Konnichiwa to our Oxford Dictionaries blog readers. Today is World Tourism day, and we thought we’d ask our Twitter followers about some of their experiences with language whilst being a tourist. Needless to say, when you don’t speak the local language at all, some situations can be quite frightening, and funny… We picked […]

Video: is a jellyfish a fish?

Why English is so hard to learn: adjective order

Shakespeare often refers to theatres, acting, and performance in his plays.

Quiz: Shakespeare and the theatre

You’ll hopefully have seen at least one play by Shakespeare in a theatre, at some point in your life – but did you know how often Shakespeare refers to theatres, acting, and performance in his plays? It adds a layer of amusement to a scene, acknowledging that the audience is seeing a play being performed, without […]

The Brexit referendum in the UK has spawned a number of new portmanteaus.

From TEOTWAWKI to hoyay: words on the radar

Which words are our lexicographers looking carefully at right now? Well, all and any of them, of course – but there are some interesting words which are hovering on the peripheries of dictionary inclusion that we wanted to draw your attention to. Words aren’t included in Oxford Dictionaries until enough evidence of their sustained use […]

Money talks not just in English but in other languages as well. Find out in which country people 'buy the pig in the bag' and other money idioms.

Cost in translation: money idioms around the world

Money makes the world go round – every day we use it, think about it, talk about it. It is therefore no surprise that English uses it in a number of idiomatic expressions as well, but money also talks in other languages. The people over at gocompare.com looked at some money idioms from other languages recently and came up […]

While it is commonly used in psychology to describe a type of mental illness, mania can also mean ‘an obsessive enthusiasm for a particular thing’ in a broader, everyday sense.

36 words ending in –mania

Like the combining forms –phobia and –cracy, which we have discussed previously, –mania forms part of numerous English words. While it is commonly used in psychology to describe a type of mental illness, mania can also mean ‘an obsessive enthusiasm for a particular thing’ in a broader, everyday sense. But have a look at our […]

Book lovers everywhere, can you pick the odd one out in our book quiz?

Book quiz: odd one out

Every day is Book Lovers’ Day, we’d argue, and to celebrate, we’ve taken a broad look across lots of authors and genres to come up with an ‘odd one out’ quiz. In each question, three of the titles were written by one author, while the fourth was written by somebody else. Can you identify which […]

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