This March’s update to the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) finds us — as ever — with neologisms and newly researched and published entries for words and phrases from the whole history of the English language coming at us from all sides. With ranges including brother, call, celebrity, difference, father, foot, get, luck, and video, there’s […]
We’ve looked a few times at words that are older than you think, and the series continues apace: here are nine further words that you might think are recent additions to the language, but have actually been spoken and written for rather longer than you may imagine. X factor (1930) The TV show didn’t invent […]
With the announcement that Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin would be separating, the term ‘conscious uncoupling’ was launched into the mainstream. While the news of any separation is sad, we can’t deny that the report also carried some linguistic interest. The phrase was picked up by journalists, commentators, and tweeters around the world. Some called […]
A noun and a verb sit at a bar. Verb: ‘Hey, wanna go back to my place and conjugate?’ Noun: ‘I decline.’ Tweet us your #languagejokes!