Taylor Coe

Taylor Coe works in Marketing for Oxford Dictionaries.

Articles by Taylor Coe

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11 acronyms that are actually ‘backronyms’

Everyone knows what an acronym is – an abbreviation formed from the initial letters of other words and pronounced as a word, like ‘NASA’ or ‘NATO’ – but not all know what a ‘backronym’ is. While acronyms are formed from phrases or names that exist beforehand, a backronym is an acronym deliberately created to suit […]


11 ways to say ‘mischief’

Mischief Night – the night before Halloween, celebrated with practical jokes and (often to the dismay of the community) minor vandalism – goes by many names, including Goosey Night, Cabbage Night, Gate Night, and Devil’s Night. So what better way to recognize this evening of hijinks than with a list of mischief synonyms? 1. funny business […]

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8 great band name origins

One thing that rock bands are known for are their creative names. There’s the legendary name of Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd, named for Florida high school gym teacher Leonard Skinner who taught several of the band’s members, and who was remembered for enforcing the high school’s rule about no long hair on men. There’s […]

9 business terms that everyone hates

9 business terms that everyone hates

The office is famously a minefield of workplace jargon. If you’ve ever sent or received emails as part of your job, the odds are that you’ve seen some workplace jargon – maybe even used some yourself! Workplace jargon – or business or corporate jargon – refers to words and phrases that are either so vague […]


7 facts about where clothing names come from

Lots of clothing, it turns out, wears its origins on its sleeves. The names of lots of common clothing items and materials actually come from their place (or person) of origin. 1. denim The hard-wearing cotton twill fabric, usually blue and often used for jeans, is pretty straightforward about its origins; denim comes from Nîmes, […]


34 interjections you should be using

Perhaps the wildest of all the parts of speech, the interjection accounts for a fun swath of the English language, including curse words, expressions of joy, greetings, and even pseudo-magical incantations. Some of them you’ve probably heard before, but others will probably be new. Before you know it – bada bing! – we might be hearing these terms everywhere.

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What does ‘cracker-barrel’ actually mean?

Last week, a satirical petition appeared online that suggested Americans should start protesting the popular American chain restaurant Cracker Barrel, because the word ‘cracker’ is an offensive term for white people. However, what does the term ‘cracker-barrel’ actually refer to?

9 ways to call someone a ‘liar’

9 ways to call someone a ‘liar’

Has someone been pulling the wool over your eyes? Have they been ‘economical with the truth’? Told you ‘terminological inexactitudes’? You can do better than just ‘liar’. Why don’t you try calling them out with this curated list of synonyms? After all, what stings more: ‘liar’ or ‘teller of untruths’? You can decide: 1. Teller […]