Tag: cake

The Battenberg Cake was given its current name to celebrate the 1884 marriage of Prince Louis of Battenberg to a granddaughter of Queen Victoria, also called Victoria.

5 elaborate cakes with equally elaborate names

Readers with a sweet tooth will be interested to note that at the end of July each year, dessert-lovers around the world celebrate Cheesecake Day. As well as being the perfect excuse to indulge, Cheesecake Day honours a cake thought to have its origins in Ancient Greece, which just goes to show that not much […]

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pies and cakes in English idioms

Pies and cakes in English idioms

It is assumed that the word pie came into English via Old French, from Latin pica ‘magpie’, which in turn is related to picus ‘green woodpecker’. Here, the allusion is perhaps to the various combinations of ingredients of a pie being comparable to the objects randomly collected by a magpie. Its sweet equivalent, the cake, on the other […]

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12 food idioms in other languages

Because there are so many food-related idioms in other languages, coming up with this list was a piece of cake for us – or a ‘bread roll with butter’ as the Polish would say. If these examples aren’t enough to whet your appetite, you can add your mustard in the comment section below. 1. Mind your own […]

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How has the Great British Bake Off changed the English language?

The Great British Bake Off has sadly come to an end, but perhaps the series will live on in our words. We’ve been delving into our New Monitor Corpus—a giant word bank which we use to track changes in a word’s frequency from month to month—and we’ve investigated some of this year’s Bake Off vocabulary, […]

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The Great British Bake-Off Conversation

This year, we’ve gone even more technical than a technical challenge for The Great British Bake Off. Editors at OxfordDictionaries.com have been analysing the positive and negative language used by the judges in each episode so far, and we’re going to use our results to try to make our own predictions about what will happen […]

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What does ‘bun’ mean to you?

A recent poll on OxfordDictionaries.com showed that 37% of our users would call a bread roll a bun, which makes it second only to roll as the most common way to say this. This is not, to me, what a bun would be, and so naively—with no concept of the can of worms I was […]

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The winner bakes it all: the language of the Great British Bake Off

In 2010, when I started watching a BBC2 programme about baking sponge cakes, I assumed it would be one of the many things which marked me out as a social pariah, along with talking to cats and preferring books to people. Yet this evening the fourth series of the Great British Bake Off is coming […]

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Do you know all of these cake facts?

12 word facts about cake

Cake, in one form or another, has been around for centuries. From its humble beginnings as a flattened, hardened bread, the concept of ‘cake’ has changed significantly to become an essential part of British culinary identity. Here at Oxford Dictionaries, we love a bit of etymology to go with our cake, and today we share […]

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