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A curious circumlocution has been popping up in discussions of American politics lately: the I-word, meaning ‘impeachment’. A recent column in Politico assured readers that “the ‘I’ word that is passing like a brisk wind in private conversations all over D.C. will not be mentioned herein,” and the epidemic of coy references to the I-word […]more
Swear words occupy a unique role in language: the same word can often be used to express anger, to offend, to emphasize, and even for comedic effect. Although all words have a register dictating how appropriate they are for a given situationmore
If you are a seasoned OxfordWords reader, you may be familiar with our periodic search monitor pieces. These are interactive tag clouds, each showing a month’s snapshot of the relative frequency with which you, the users of OxfordDictionaries.com, access different words. The words and ranks you see are drawn from our web statistics package and […]more