Many famous people through history are best remembered by nicknames. You might be familiar with authors who adopted pseudonyms (George Eliot, Lewis Carroll, etc.) but what of those people known only by epithets? Take our quiz and see how well you know the real names behind historical nicknames.
When Prince George of Cambridge was born, the OUP blog took the occasion to examine the history of the names given to baby, mother, and father. With the arrival of the latest addition to the British royal family, we’ve taken a look into the Dictionary of First Names to find out what the names Charlotte Elizabeth Diana mean. Charlotte […]
How well do you know your ‘space operas’? See if you can match the quote to the right space opera franchise – all three are filled with a bounty of intergalactic wisdom and quotable dialogue. Let’s see if you can tell them apart!
Arguing about language is a passion for some people. However, Oxford Dictionaries is here to intervene and offer some insight into which arguments you don’t need to have anymore! 1. Literally Argument: Isn’t the use of literally when something isn’t actually real or happening incorrect? For some people, there is nothing worse than the figurative literally. […]
Because the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) captures the breadth and variety of the English language, something that one can trace through its entries are cultural fads and crazes. With that in mind, we have picked out a sampling of some of the dances mentioned in the OED, some new, some old, some still popular today, […]
One of the most renowned novelists of all time, Jane Austen is known not only for her heroines, but also for the leading men who stand opposite them. From Pride and Prejudice’s Fitzwilliam Darcy to Persuasion’s Captain Wentworth, Austen’s novels are filled with great, complicated men, who sometimes struggle to articulate their emotions, and occasionally […]
Word of the Day: alliteration - repetition of a sound beginning adjacent words…... oxford.ly/1BgjdOn
ICYMI: Word of the Day: punctum - a small, distinct point... oxford.ly/1qhzvBz
Did the word ‘loo’ really derive from the medieval cry of 'gardyloo'? oxford.ly/1AoJBu8