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Admittedly, quite a few words in 21st-century English did begin life as acronyms. Some you may know about (like scuba, short for self-contained underwater breathing apparatus) and some you might not (like canola, short for Canadian oil, low acid), but, overwhelmingly, all of these words share two things in common: they came into existence in […]more
Golfing jargon can seem rather arcane to the uninitiated, so here is a short guide to help you navigate the bunkers and water hazards of golf language. Competitors will be aiming to make par – the standard number of shots allowed for each hole (from the Latin for ‘equal’) – hence the expression ‘par for the […]more
Regardless of heat or sunshine, the Great British Summer has now truly arrived. If you’re outdoors playing sports, or indoors watching them, here are a few of our game, set, or match-related blog posts to keep you full of fun facts. Anyone for tennis? Whether you were on team Murray or team Federer, this has […]more
This competition is now closed. While the British and American heads of state were busy fine-tuning their own March Madness bracket picks over dinner last week, the Oxford Dictionaries Bracket Challenge has already hit its stride. How did your favorite sports expressions do? The gloves are off In the closest match-up yet, the venerable saved […]more