Many of the phrases that Shakespeare created in his plays have entered common parlance, whether or not we recognize their origins. That being the case, we took to Twitter to see which celebrities and public figures were quoting Shakespeare… although we suspect they might not have realized they were doing so. Match the tweets to […]
Poetry is traditionally characterized by the use of a more elevated, literary language intended to evoke emotion in the reader. Words like beseech or Rhadamanthine suggest a strongly poetic tone — but do you also know what they mean? See whether you can match the literary words with their correct definitions in the quiz below.
Whether you’re a frequent visitor to Northern Ireland or have never been there, you should take time out of your day to see how good your Northern Irish English is. Those of you who’ve lived there have a distinct advantage… but anybody can enjoy trying to identify mutton dummy, oxtercog, cat melodeon, and more.
Do you know as much about grammar as a 7 year old? Try this quiz to see whether you could pass the UK National Year 2 Grammar Test. This quiz first appeared on the Global OUP website.
The English language, as spoken around the world, has several borrowings from languages native to India, including Hindi (‘dinghy’), Gujarati (‘bungalow’), Sanskrit (‘jungle’), among many other examples. Indian English, obviously, has even more of these types of terms. It also includes many formations of English words, as opposed to these loanwords. That means that Indian English […]
Shakespeare’s characters often spoke about money – but do you know who said what? Take our quiz and see how well you do… William Shakespeare was an English dramatist, poet, and actor who is often considered the greatest writer in the English language. His vast collection of work includes sonnets, comedies, historical plays, great […]
Look, we all remember the days when you’d read something saucy in Shakespeare and snigger to yourself in the classroom. We can all be mature about this, and admit that the Bard could be bawdy: there is plenty of sex in Shakespeare. But who said what? We’ve taken some of Shakespeare’s more notorious quotations about […]
If you’ve watched non-Americans get confused while trying our recent ‘American phrases to confuse Brits‘ quiz, now it’s time to turn the tables. Even Anglophiles might struggle with some of the more unusual or idiomatic expressions Brits use in everyday life – particularly those with obscure origins. Pleased with your score? Disappointed? Why not have […]
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