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WordWatch roundup: fracas, sack, elevator, and shindig

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. fracas, noun > sack, verb < > elevator, noun […]

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How well do you know the language of cookies?

We all love cookies (or biscuits, as British speakers would say), so we thought that it would be fun to take a tour of the language of cookies. The language of sweets is an international one, including cookie names derived from German and Italian roots. In fact, the American English word cookie even comes from […]

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How well do you know your US city nicknames?

Lots of cities in the United States have nicknames, ranging from monikers largely rejected by their populace (New Yorkers are famously impatient with the nickname ‘the Big Apple’) to those nicknames shouldered with pride – Pittsburghers, for example, proudly claim the nickname ‘The Steel City’, which references the city’s major role in the Industrial Revolution […]

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Quiz: which classic should you read next?

To celebrate World Book Day, we’ve put together a quiz to help you determine which of six Oxford World’s Classics titles you should line up for your next read. Take the quiz and see which title you get… Whether or not you’re convinced by your result, why not join the Oxford World’s Classics Reading Group? […]

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Australian English: eponymous words

The Australian English words recently added to OxfordDictionaries.com include a wealth of interesting words from a wide range of spheres. Among these are several that are named after people, real or hypothetical, and we have turned our attention particularly to those. While not all of these are in everyday use in Australia now, they all […]

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