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17 weird ways to say weird

Tired of the word weird? At Oxford Dictionaries, we decided to that it was time to come up with some alternatives. Next time you want to observe how weird something is, why don’t you try ostrobogulous out for size? Or how about the over-the-top mondo bizarre? 1. Far-out Unconventional or avant-garde. This use began as […]

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How much do you know about conlangs?

Even though the HBO television series Game of Thrones has brought conlangs – constructed languages – into the media spotlight over the past couple of years, conlangs have been around for a long time. Let’s see how much you know about the rich cultural history of conlangs!

There is no Frigate like a Book / To take us lands away / Nor any Courses like a Page / Of prancing Poetry - Emily Dickinson

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How well do you know famous last words?

The last words spoken (or written) by famous people on their deathbed have always attracted a significant amount of interest, perhaps more than any other form of quotation. This comes as no surprise since a person’s dying words can carry a certain amount of honesty and, sometimes, even a fair bit of humour. We have selected a few of […]

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5 historical synonyms for procrastinate

Delaying an important but arduous task in favour of a more pleasurable less urgent one? Surely everybody has been guilty of doing that at some point, and, as you probably know, there’s a great word for it – procrastinate. Apparently people have been procrastinating since the late 16th century, when the verb first came into […]

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Do you know your poetic devices?

Think back to English class. Poetry can be tough to talk about without the right set of tools. It’s one thing to observe that a line of poetry sounds particularly fluid, or that the break in a line makes the poem particularly effective – but another to explain that assonance and enjambment are the reasons, respectively.

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Quiz: affect or effect?

Is it ‘side effect’ or ‘side affect’? Take this quiz to find out if you’re an ace at telling apart these two tricky words!

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Infographic: Chinese language facts

How much do you know about Chinese? Our handy infographic offers an overview to the Chinese language family, introducing you to key elements such as the number of native speakers worldwide, where different Chinese-speaking populations are located, the names of the major dialects, and the different types of logographs (signs or characters that represent words or phrases) that […]

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