According to the OED the word 'detective' just didn’t occur to us in the sixteenth, seventeenth, or eighteenth centuries, from which we infer that we had no pressing need for it.
Nikki's reading the entire Oxford Canadian Dictionary. In this latest instalment of our occasional series, she talks us through the letters D – H.
A unicorn is a start-up company valued at more than a billion dollars
Did you know that ‘potato’ can be a verb? Discover the language of this versatile veggie in Courtney Shove’s guest blog post.
BFG Dahl dictionary
Among the slips of paper Arthur Maling used for his work on the letter W are the wrappers for at least five different varieties of chocolate.