foreign goodbye

12 ways to say goodbye in other languages

Despite their different constructions and etymologies, expressions of parting across languages tend to communicate similar things, many of them outlining the hope of meeting again. English has borrowed many of the following foreign expressions of parting, so you’ve probably encountered some of these terms or their variants before. 1. adiós, adieu, addio, adeus Besides adieu […]

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stamps

Did you know that James Murray… was a keen philatelist?

2015 marks the centenary of the death of James Murray, the first Editor of the Oxford English Dictionary. Murray’s work as a lexicographer is well known, but there was a great deal more to him than lexicography. We are therefore marking the anniversary with an occasional series of articles highlighting other aspects of his life […]

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tea

From teaspoons to tea-sots: the language of tea

Tea was first imported into Britain early in the 17th century, becoming very popular by the 1650s. The London diarist Samuel Pepys drank his first cup in 1660, as recorded in his famous diary: ‘I did send for a cup of tee (a China drink) of which I had never drunk before’. The word tea […]

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Video: why do we use ‘first, second…’ and not ‘firstly, secondly…’?

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fool

12 ways to call someone a fool

Do you have a foolish person in your life? Have you been searching for the perfect word to capture their sheer folly? Look no further than our list here; we have compiled some of the best words out there to describe your daft acquaintance. 1. dunce Poor John Duns Scotus … The followers of Scottish theologian […]

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corbita

A comma in Catullus

“I was working on the proof of one of my poems all the morning, and took out a comma. In the afternoon I put it back again.” –Oscar Wilde Only Oscar Wilde could be quite so frivolous when describing a matter as grave as the punctuation of poetry, something that causes particular grief in our […]

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"Less is more." - Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1886 - 1969)

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Video: sidewalk spelling bee in New York City

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