Today’s English owes much to many of the world’s languages, from French and German to Chinese and Hindi. Our interactive map below is the first of an occasional series which will offer you a glimpse of the range of linguistic influences that English has absorbed.
Click on the map to see how English has been shaped by French, Spanish, Portuguese, and Flemish. Your armchair travels should give you some interesting discoveries: could you guess the origins of fluff, anchovy, vamoose, and baize?
Word of the Day: coxcomb - a vain and conceited man; a dandy... oxford.ly/1Hrmu59
Guest blogger @spoonsontrays explores the language of longitude: oxford.ly/1yJKaak
Can you help the Oxford Dictionaries Community find a synonym for 'esteem'? oxford.ly/1zemJvc
Video: what do you call a new word made by combining two other words? oxford.ly/1617rO1