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Join our Word of the Day writing competition!

The days are getting colder, and everyone is slowly retreating to the cosy comfort of their homes. What better opportunity, then, to make good use of the quietness and solitude of the season by getting pen and paper (or a computer) out to write? OxfordWords is calling all aspiring authors out there to take part […]

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9 interesting word facts you didn’t know

The English language has a varied and ever changing vocabulary, which makes it an ideal candidate for etymological studies. In this list below, we take a look at the interesting histories of some common English words. For more interesting word facts and origins, browse the ‘Explore’ section on OxfordDictionaries.com, or follow @OxfordWords and @OED on […]

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WordWatch roundup: pleb, indict, Thanksgiving trends, and more

One of the most-discussed news stories in the US during 2014 has been the shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown by police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri on 9 August 2014. The shooting immediately became a key issue in the national discussion on issues of race and inequality. On 24 November 2014, the county grand jury decided not to indict Wilson for the shooting, sparking a wave of protests and civil unrest across the country.

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Quiz: how well do you know our new words?

This month’s update saw a host of new words and senses enter OxfordDictionaries.com, with the internet and popular culture being once again a strong influence on the way people talk and write (lolcat, digital footprint). But now it’s time for YOU to prove that you’re up to date with current word trends! Take our new […]

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Duck face, lolcat, and permadeath: new words added to OxfordDictionaries.com

Try not to be jel, but some xlnt new words have gone into OxfordDictionaries.com in December’s mahoosive update. Whether you’re a shiny bum reading this while eating al desko or taking a break while you respawn, don’t be a keyboard warrior or say IDC – just sit back and enjoy the new words. Simples. Slang […]

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14 basketball terms you should know

Now that we’re a month into the 2014-15 season, we thought it might be a good idea to pull together a quick basketball glossary, defining some of the trickier terms. While not a complete list, the following terms should help you navigate some of the sports announcers’ patter. alley-oop By far the most amusing basketball term […]

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