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It’s sometimes easy to get caught up in your own words. You say something just a bit too quickly and a jumble of sounds come out incoherently. That’s a tongue-twister – a sequence of ordinary words that become impossible to pronounce when put in succession. Children love to play with this elocutionary challenge, especially when […]more
In much the same way as curry, coffee, and…er…Cava, another foreign foodie export has long had a place in the hearts of us Brits. Guessed what it is yet? Hold your horses, ladies; it isn’t celeb chef Gino D’Acampo – but it is another Italian favourite. That’s right; it’s pizza – and despite those Italian […]more
How do you like your eggs in the morning? Fingers crossed your answer was ‘thoroughly examined through idioms in English and other languages’, because that is how we’ll be serving them here at OxfordWords today. Some familiar egg-based phrases Let’s start with some advice that is useful on both a literal and a metaphorical level: […]more
If you follow politics, you will have noticed that politicians often invoke the cliché of the ‘man in the street’. You may have heard them referring to the average Joe, Joe Bloggs, John Public, Joe Sixpack, etc. when talking to an audience, addressing everyone and no one, rather than someone in particular. The English language […]more
Everyone seems to have a favourite language, for one reason or another. However, it is impossible to have hard data on this matter since this preference is very subjective. Bab.la is a sister site to OxfordDictionaries.com, and the bab.la Language World Cup was launched in 2013 to find out which are the favourite languages of […]more
Pregnant was something of a metaphor when it first started being used in relation to a baby. Its earlier meaning (which is still in use) was ‘full of meaning, highly significant’, and the word pregnant began being used as a synonym for the more self-explanatory term with child. There are plenty of historical synonyms for […]more
Because there are so many food-related idioms in other languages, coming up with this list was a piece of cake for us – or a ‘bread roll with butter’ as the Polish would say. If these examples aren’t enough to whet your appetite, you can add your mustard in the comment section below. 1. Mind your own […]more