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As part of the Free the Word series, OED associate editor Eleanor Maier explores Leeds and Sussex’s chosen words, which will be the subjects of poems by Vidyan Ravinthiran and James Brookes, respectively. ginnel n. an alleyway. twitten n. an alleyway. As with woodlice and soft bread rolls, words for alleyways exhibit a lot of […]more
In these times of mass media and global communications, it is comforting to think that regional lexical variation in British English is alive and well—in fact it seems to be right up many people’s alley. When linguists set out to collect distinctive local vocabulary, one of the classic questions informants are asked is “What do […]more