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Quiz: how well do you know the language of colours?

Do you know what the translation for the French taupe is? Or which language has two words for blue? Take our quiz to test your knowledge of colours in language. Photo credit: Natalia Deriabina / Shutterstock.com

Video: what is the origin of the word ‘codswallop’?

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Wordster, wordmonger, and other words about words

Trying to write the introduction to this post without overusing the word word is going to be difficult. It may become something of a tongue-twister. But, essentially, we’ve looked at words beginning with word in the Oxford English Dictionary, knowing that wordsmiths like you will want more word words to add to your vocabulary… got […]

greek crisis

WordWatch roundup: austerity, SCOTUS, bigot, squib, and grand slam

This week’s WordWatch roundup includes ‘austerity’, ‘SCOTUS’, ‘bigot’, ‘squib’, and ‘grand slam’. The word ‘austerity’ has been a popular lookup due to the recent Greek economic turmoil. This sense of the word refers to ‘difficult economic conditions created by government measures to reduce public expenditure’.


OED appeals: can you help us find earlier evidence of the word ‘legless’?

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, […]

I or me

Quiz: ‘I’ or ‘me’

Do you always know when to use I and when to use me in a sentence? Test yourself with our quiz. Find out more about how to use I and me.