Category: English in use
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The movie Jackie has recently been released and, to celebrate this biopic of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis (often known as Jackie O), we’ve taken a look in Oxford Essential Quotations to see how the First Ladies of the United States of America are represented there. The First Lady is usually the wife of the President, though the position has also […]more
“To begin with I wish to disclaim the possession of those high gifts of imagination and expression which would have enabled my pen to create for the reader the personality of the man who called himself, after the Russian custom, Cyril son of Isidor — Kirylo Sidorovitch — Razumov. If I have ever had these gifts […]more
‘What’s in a name?’ said Shakespeare’s Juliet. Well, apparently, quite a lot. From Beliebers to the Beyhive, music fans of every mould and make are choosing to self-identify with monikers that assert their undying allegiance to a given artist, or band. This ‘christening’ of fandoms is nothing new. There were Trekkies long before there were […]more
Did you catch it? The John Lewis Christmas ad, we mean – and not that pesky cold that’s been circulating the office. In the last few years, at least, the brand’s take on the build up to the festive season has become as widely-anticipated as the arrival of the Big Man himself. Almost. And while […]more
That professional wrestling is more show than sport is an open secret today, but in its earlier years grapplers believed the business would die were the public to know the truth. That secrecy necessitated jargon designed to allow communication while keeping up the pretence – jargon that is now widely used by wrestlers and fans […]more
“It has long been an axiom of mine that the little things are infinitely the most important” – Sherlock Holmes, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle). There is considerable fascination – quite rightly so – with the longest words in the English language. But an equally curious feature is that of the […]more