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May WOTD quiz

Vocabulary quiz: how well do you know May’s Words of the Day?

Cajole, camarilla, and parergon: do you remember last month’s Words of the Day? Take our vocabulary quiz to test your knowledge. Not yet signed up to our free Word of the Day service? Click here to receive your daily word.

“The original writer is not he who refrains from imitating others, but he who can be imitated by none.” - François-René, Vicomte de Chateaubriand

barbecue chicken

WordWatch roundup: barbecue, panjandrum, ovate, and callipygian

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. barbecue, noun With the advent of summer (unofficially marked in […]

Video: imply or infer?

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Selfie stick, concern troll, and bae: new words added to OxfordDictionaries.com

Hey bae, Oxford Dictionaries are adding some easy-breezy words and senses in this month’s update. Don’t be a concern troll or creeper, and step away from that kill switch; we think you can self-soothe with these mad exciting words which are anything but lamestream. Anyhoo, no harm, no foul, read on to discover more and […]


OED appeals: can you help us find earlier evidence of the phrase jolly hockey sticks?

Can you help us? OED Appeals is a dedicated community space on the OED website where OED editors solicit help in unearthing new information about the history and usage of English. Part of the process of revising words and phrases for the OED involves searching for evidence of a word’s first recorded use in English, […]

“A poem should not mean / But be.” - Archibald MacLeish

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Quiz: less or fewer?

Have you watched our video about when to use less and when to use fewer in a sentence? Then it’s time to test yourself with our quiz:

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