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Twitter acronyms

Quiz: Twitter acronyms

If you live your best life on social media, there’s a possibility you’ll ace our quiz on Twitter acronyms and initialisms. If you’re still a bit cautious around social media, then some of these might trip you up… While you’ll see these all over the Internet, their popularity on Twitter means we didn’t have to look […]

English words of French origins, and how to pronounce them correctly

English words of French origin and how to pronounce them

On 14 July 1789, the storming of the Bastille prison in the centre of Paris marked the beginning of the French Revolution. It was a major watershed in the history of Europe and is today still celebrated as a public holiday in France. The event gave the country a national motto as well: liberté, égalité, […]

Unspun is a synonym for genuine or authentic.

Unspun, white knighting, and other words on our radar

2016 has so far been an exciting year for new words and phrases. Among the most recent additions to OxfordDictionaries.com are such colourful terms as phubbing (‘the practice of ignoring one’s companion or companions in order to pay attention to one’s phone or other mobile device’), dumpster fire (‘a chaotic or disastrously mishandled situation’), and […]

book hero quiz

Book quiz: name the fictional hero

Heroes come in many shapes and sizes in novels – we’re using the term loosely to cover those you love, those you hate, and those you love to hate. Diving into various different fictional worlds, we’re challenging you: do you know the names of fictional main men from novels across the decades? Take our quiz and […]

Imogen Fowell illustrates the OED Word of the Day 'pulchrify'.

From ‘acnestis’ to ‘pulchrify’: illustrating the OED Word of the Day

Have you ever wondered what those OED Words of the Day look like? If you have, then you are in luck! Every week, we feature an illustration of one of the OED Words of the Day, as created by our own Imogen Foxell, an illustrator and Senior Editor in Oxford Dictionaries. In these visuals, Imogen illuminates […]

What do you call a dinosaur with an extensive vocabulary? A thesaurus!

Language jokes for International Jokes Day

We love language and we love jokes, so it stands to reason that we love language jokes. We took to Twitter to try out some of our favourites, and asked the good people of the public to tweet us their own too. Below are our jokes, and a selection of the others that we liked […]

Brush up on your knowledge of music terminology with this short quiz.

How well do you know music terminology?

Glastonbury may be over, but the festival summer has just started. Brush up on your knowledge of music terminology with this short quiz.

American vs British pronunciation: zebra

American vs British pronunciation: 7 words to watch out for

Americans and Brits. There are some things that we have different words for (zucchini vs courgette, stroller vs pram), and some words we use for different things (always make sure you’ve agreed on a common meaning of pants before you broach the topic). Some words we spell differently – the pesky ‘u’ to remember to […]

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