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Word in the news: could you cope with 'cope'?

Word in the news: could you cope with ‘cope’?

You may have seen in the news that French students sitting a baccalaureate exam about Ian McEwan’s 2001 novel Atonement were asked to discuss ‘How is Turner coping with the situation?’, Turner being the male protagonist. ‘Question M’ quickly became a hot topic on social media, with students complaining that the word coping was too […]

"A classic is a book that has never finished saying what it has to say." - Italo Calvino

Video: ‘all right’ or ‘alright’?

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Quiz: it’s or its?

Do you know when to use its and when to use it’s? If you’ve learned the rules to distinguish them, you should ace our quiz – test yourself and find out!

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9 pronunciation arguments you can stop having

A pronunciation that sounds off to you is one of those things that can stop a conversation cold. Sorry, what did you say? you ask, when you already know. And while there are plenty of pronunciations out there that are flat-out wrong, we thought that we might pick out some words that have multiple accepted […]

Quiz: which opposite came first?

Quiz: which opposite came first?

There are plenty of words which come in pairs, as it were, so that knowing the definition of one will almost certainly mean you know the definition of the other. If you’ve understood organized, you’ll also be able to work out what disorganized means; the definition of hygienic leads neatly to the definition of unhygienic, […]

Video: what’s the origin of the phrase ‘to have an albatross around one’s neck’?

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OED appeals: can you help us find earlier evidence of the word ‘bookmobile’?

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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