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What kind of poem are you?

The wide world of poetry has something to offer to everyone. The word poem can refer to everything from the epic poetry of Homer to the imagist brilliance of William Carlos Williams. There are innumerable types of poems out there, ranging from traditional forms, such as villanelles and rondeaus, to the more playful, experimental variety, […]

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Quiz: how well do you know classic children’s literature?

Since it’s International Children’s Book Day today (observed on 2 April as it is the birthday of renowned children’s author Hans Christian Andersen), we’re testing your knowledge of some of the children’s books published as Oxford World’s Classics.

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Poll: what do you call knocking on a door and running away?

This isn’t the world’s most innovative or funny prank, and we certainly don’t want to encourage people to try it at home for April Fools’ Day – but knocking on someone’s door (or ringing their doorbell) and running away before they have a chance to answer is of surprising linguistic interest. Although most people are […]

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Contagious metaphors: from Typhoid Mary to quarantine

This month marks the 100th anniversary of the final quarantine of Mary Mallon, better known as ‘Typhoid Mary’, who was the first recognized asymptomatic carrier of typhoid. An Irish-born cook in the New York City metropolitan area, Mallon caused several outbreaks of typhoid in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. While several dozen infections […]

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Why is the plural of ‘moose’ not ‘meese’?

As fitting as it might sound, the plural of moose is not and has never been meese. And while it is tempting to switch out -oo- for -ee-, the plural of moose is simply moose (though you may occasionally see or hear the word mooses). This confusion is understandable if you consider the word goose, […]

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