Taylor Coe

Taylor Coe works in Marketing for Oxford Dictionaries.

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name origins

8 names that were invented by authors

Let’s have a look at authors whose creations were influential outside of their literary traditions – specifically, at the names they have coined or popularized. You knew that Shakespeare has had, you know, a fairly large impact on the English language, but you might be surprised to learn that he’s made a surprising contribution to […]

The hot take has been rapidly rising in usage.

The rise of the ‘hot take’

In the social-media-driven world of today, the ‘hot take’ is the bread and butter of online publications. Recently added to OxfordDictionaries.com, the word hot take refers to ‘a piece of commentary, typically produced quickly in response to a recent event, whose primary purpose is to attract attention’. How ‘hot’ is the ‘hot take’? Quite hot. […]

number names

Fibonacci to Avogadro: numbers with names

Of course, all numbers have names of a sort, in that they can be spelled with letters – the number 43 is ‘forty-three’, the number 1,000 is ‘one thousand’. But along with all of those words for numbers, there are several numbers that have more specific names. The most famous of these might just be […]

8 word facts to make you feel clever while watching the Oscars

8 words to help you watch the Oscars

Are the Oscars not wordy enough for you? Let’s make the films nominated for Best Picture at the 2016 Academy Awards a little more engaging with several wordy facts. 1. The Big Short The big what? The term short has been in use since at least the mid-19th century to describe the process of ‘selling […]

The Watergate scandal in 1972 gave us one of the most widely-used political terms: the -gate combining form.

12 overused political terms

With the 2016 Presidential primaries kicking into high gear, the US should prepare itself for a deluge of slangy political terms. From older, tired terms to new, shinier ones, here are several words and phrases that will undoubtedly grate on the ears of those following the scramble towards party nominations. 1. flip flopper Although US […]

Bob Marley lyrics discuss many aspects of Jamaician political life and the Rastafari beliefs.

Understand Bob Marley lyrics with these 14 words

Despite being one of the most popular musical artists of the 20th century, the actual lyrical content of Bob Marley’s output may be surprisingly obscure to many of his listeners. The average music listener is probably familiar with classic Marley tracks like “Jamming”, “One Love”, and “No Woman, No Cry”, although they may not be […]

Martin Sheen's character in the West Wing, President Jed Bartlet, has a notable example of Hollywood Latin

Latin in Hollywood

Although certain Latin words and phrases have been accepted wholesale into English – think of de facto, per capita, magnum opus, etc. (et cetera is another one!) – Latin is still capable of providing a certain gloss to a statement. When a politician talks about the vox populi rather than the ‘voice of the people’ […]

Have a look at some of the best-known New York City words

The words of New York City

The City that Never Sleeps! Gotham! The Big Apple! The Capital of the World! The Five Boroughs! The City So Nice They Named It Twice! New York City is a city of not just many nicknames, but also of words and phrases. As not only one of the world’s major financial centers, but also a […]