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Quiz: how well do you know our new words?

This month’s update saw a host of new words and senses enter OxfordDictionaries.com, with the internet and popular culture being once again a strong influence on the way people talk and write (lolcat, digital footprint). But now it’s time for YOU to prove that you’re up to date with current word trends! Take our new […]

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Strike me lucky, mate: Aussie words added to OxfordDictionaries.com

Australian English is a distinctive part of global English. Ever since English was first spoken on the antipodean continent in the late eighteenth century, the vocabulary has evolved and adapted to such matters as the circumstances of penal settlement, indigenous culture and language, the diverse landscape, the unique flora and fauna, and the formative agricultural, […]

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Duck face, lolcat, and permadeath: new words added to OxfordDictionaries.com

Try not to be jel, but some xlnt new words have gone into OxfordDictionaries.com in December’s mahoosive update. Whether you’re a shiny bum reading this while eating al desko or taking a break while you respawn, don’t be a keyboard warrior or say IDC – just sit back and enjoy the new words. Simples. Slang […]

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What are the origins of lord and lady?

Old English might have English right there in the name, but that doesn’t mean that it’s familiar to speakers of English today. The original spellings of some words bear so little resemblance to how they are spelt today that they are all but impossible to recognize. And in transforming their spellings, the origins and the […]

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Cryptology: the art and science of keeping words secure

As a cryptologist (alternatively cryptographer), what greater important responsibility could I possibly bear than that of keeping words secure? Cryptology is sometimes defined as the art of writing and solving codes. I am going to contest that on a number of fronts, not the least being that cryptology is far more important to all of […]

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Quiz: which Hunger Games character are you?

Happy Hunger Games! With the release of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 in cinemas recently, what better time to find out which Hunger Games character you most resemble? Before you start, make sure you’ve read about the language of the Hunger Games, and 8 words you need to know to survive The Hunger Games. […]

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Give thanks… for Native American loanwords!

Since I’ve only been in the US a year and a half, so far I’ve only experienced one Thanksgiving – but I must say that given it’s a holiday seemingly mainly devoted to eating delicious food and enjoying spending time with family and friends, it’s one I especially enjoy. The atmosphere in the days before the […]

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Video: what is the origin of ‘posh’?

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