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All English speakers learn their ABCs at an early age, and remain quite confident that they know all 26 letters of the English alphabet. However, Old English had a few extra letters that tend to get left out nowadays (as well as using some of the ones we’re familiar with in a slightly different way). […]more
Even if you are something of a polyglot, there will probably be hundreds of languages you can’t read yet. We don’t want to be discouraging (sorry!), but here’s the silver lining: it gives you the opportunity to take part in our quiz. Guest blogger Joanna Rubery has put together a quiz with excerpts from languages around […]more
In 2013 we offered you a list of acronyms which you might not have known were acronyms, from scuba to care package. We even called Robert Pattinson ‘R-Patz’ along the way, for which we’re still feeling a little bit ashamed. To atone, we’ve delved back into the dictionary, and come up with another five acronyms […]more
Every now and again, we like to share a few of the very interesting questions sent to us by users of Oxford Dictionaries. Read on to learn more about the peculiarities of the English alphabet and dictionary history. The dictionary speaks Answer: One could argue that dictionaries are called as such because they tell the […]more
On 19 April 1928 the final section, or fascicle, of the first edition of the Oxford English Dictionary was published. Perhaps surprisingly, it covered the words in the range Wise to Wyzen; the fascicle dealing with X, Y, and Z had been published as long ago as 1921. This was because, for many years, there […]more