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6 unexpected origins of vegetarian recipes

1 October is World Vegetarian Day, and to celebrate we’re looking at the language behind 6 famous vegetarian dishes – with some help from recipes at Food.com. Just click on the recipe names to head over to Food.com. 1. Bubble and squeak This British meal is cooked cabbage fried with cooked potatoes, and is often made […]

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9 translators on what they love about translation

To celebrate the International Translation Day, we called on several translators and asked them what their favorite thing about translating is. Corinne McKay | French to English A colleague recently commented that, ‘translators know things that almost nobody else knows’, and that’s what I love most about my job. I’ve translated brochures about pneumatic trash […]

Shakespeare adaptations

Quiz: film adaptations of Shakespeare

There have been dozens of films adapted from Shakespeare’s plays, but some are trickier to recognize than others. Take our quiz and see if you can match the movie to the play – and let us know how you do!   William Shakespeare was an English dramatist, poet, and actor who is often considered the […]

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Oxford Dictionaries staff pick their favourite banned books

This week is Banned Books Week, which celebrates the freedom to read, and recognizes books that have been banned or challenged – meaning that someone objected to their inclusion in schools, libraries, or bookstores – both within the past year and in history. We thought it might be fun to recognize our favourite books that have banned […]

Shakespearean heroines

Which of Shakespeare’s heroines are you?

Are you a witty Beatrice or a wicked Lady Macbeth? More like Viola or Desdemona? Take our quiz to find out which of Shakespeare’s heroine you are – though we don’t advise that you necessarily live your life accordingly.   William Shakespeare was an English dramatist, poet, and actor who is often considered the greatest […]

“A wise traveller never despises his own country.” - Carlo Goldoni (1707–1793)

Oxford English Dictionary OED obsolete words quiz

Can you define these obsolete words?

The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) is a great source for finding fun, obsolete words. Do you, for instance, know what a lorthew is? Or what it means to be muckibus? Take this quiz and prove you’re a true logophile. Follow the OED on Twitter to learn more weird and wonderful words.

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17 Italian pronunciations to help you avoid awkward dinner dates

For English speakers, navigating a menu in an Italian restaurant can present some difficulties. If you’re looking to avoid la-SAG-nuh or chowing down on far-FALL, then consider taking a listen to our handy list of Italian food pronunciations. 1. bolognese This refers to a dish made with bolognese sauce, a ‘sauce of ground beef, tomato, […]

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