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Weather idioms: winds and storms

We recently took a look at idioms from around the world that use rain as a metaphor; today we turn our attention to those from German, Chinese, Russian, and more, that use winds and storms to get their point across. 1. In den Wind schreiben Language: German Translation: To write in the wind What does it […]

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Paradigm, meme, quinoa, and other words you might be mispronouncing

Subscribers to the Oxford Dictionaries YouTube channel may have noticed that we have recently added hundreds of short videos giving pronunciation tips. We’ve picked eleven tricky words you might be mispronouncing, to get you started… paradigm quinoa meme chorizo gilet ombre usurp risible machismo synonym

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OED appeals: can you help us find earlier evidence of the term ‘SOCO’?

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, […]


11 words we should start using more often

There may not be a word for everything, but there are lots of words for things that you probably don’t use every day. The English language is chockfull of fun words that can express specific or complicated situations or concepts, or words that express familiar things in fun, new ways. This list of terms is […]


5 (yet more) words that are older than you think

In previous posts, we’ve revealed the surprisingly long histories of LOL, hip-hop, fanboy, unlike, flash mob, and more. With the recent discovery that twerk dates back as far as 1820, we’ve taken another look at words which are older than you think – even if the definitions are rather different in some cases. 1. Computer […]

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