fish and chips

Grundies, greasies, and eggshell blond: Australian additions to

Gidday! Don’t experience cultural cringe or get the irrits, because we’ve got some great Australian English words to share with you. Our recent Oxford Dictionaries update also sees many more terms and phrases from Australian English added. Some are used by every Fred Nerk, while some are a bit less common, but the good guts […]

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Video: i.e. or e.g.?

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Thomas Hardy

Which character from Thomas Hardy’s novels are you?

Whether you’ve been enjoying the recent film of Far From the Madding Crowd or have been a life-long fan of The Mayor of Casterbridge, a question has probably crossed your mind: ‘which Thomas Hardy character am I most like?’ Wonder no longer; take our quiz and discover the answer. Find out whether you’re headstrong Michael […]

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sao paulo

Studying Portuguese in São Paulo

This post is available in English and Portuguese. Jump to Portuguese translation I never thought I’d stand on the top floor of a building in São Paulo to see buildings extending out in all directions. View of São Paulo from Edifício Copán In fact, I never thought I’d go to São Paulo! But a trip […]

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drive thru

11 spelling changes that would make English easier

Editorial note: we are not advocating that you use these alternate spellings in formal settings; in fact, these spellings are best avoided unless your style guide prefers them. The English language is famous for its many quirks and exceptions to the rule, which can make it a difficult language to learn. One of the areas […]

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May WOTD quiz

Vocabulary quiz: how well do you know May’s Words of the Day?

Cajole, camarilla, and parergon: do you remember last month’s Words of the Day? Take our vocabulary quiz to test your knowledge. Not yet signed up to our free Word of the Day service? Click here to receive your daily word.

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“The original writer is not he who refrains from imitating others, but he who can be imitated by none.” - François-René, Vicomte de Chateaubriand

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barbecue chicken

WordWatch roundup: barbecue, panjandrum, ovate, and callipygian

This series investigates changes in lookups for words and their meanings across The graphs are based on website data collected over a four-week period, and the accompanying commentary explores how news and other current events have influenced these word trends and sudden peaks in interest. barbecue, noun With the advent of summer (unofficially marked in […]

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