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12 pronunciations to help you avoid embarrassment in literature class

As the school year picks back up again, so do your odds of having to say out loud a word in class that you’ve only ever seen on paper. Don’t worry: we’ve all been there before. That’s why we’re here to help with this list of 12 words whose pronunciation might trip you up. Obviously, […]

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Quiz: allude or elude?

Allude and elude sound similar, but have quite different meanings. Do you know how to use them correctly in a sentence? Read more about the difference between allude and elude.  

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Business jargon in the mainstream

The business world has always had an influence on language, ranging from contributions like best practices and bandwidth, and this new words update highlights several words entering OxfordDictionaries.com from the languages of business, corporate, and marketing. solopreneur As you might be able to guess, solopreneur refers to a ‘person who sets up and runs a […]


How well do you know our new words?

Cakeage, Mx, bants – you’ve (hopefully) heard about the new words we’ve just added to OxfordDictionaries.com, but do you also know what they mean? Take this quick quiz to see if you can match the word with the correct definition.