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Editors of the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) regularly ask for the public’s help in charting the history and usage of English. This month, mothers and fathers around the UK are being invited to contribute to the OED’s research into the language of parenting… Recent neurological research has suggested that pregnancy and motherhood can bring about […]more
Expectant parents don’t generally have a lot of spare time for idly perusing the dictionary, but if they did, they would find that the vocabulary of the event they joyfully anticipate has undergone significant changes over the centuries. Consider, for instance, the verb to deliver. In contemporary use, the mother is often the subject of […]more