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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, […]

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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 […]

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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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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

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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 […]

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