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Igpay atinlay, so they say. The Oxford English Dictionary gives references to the term pig Latin appearing in various sources since the 19th century. Sometimes used to refer to ‘incorrect’ or ‘bad’ Latin, it also refers to an invented version of a language used as a code. In this latter sense, it is commonly thought […]more
In January 1965, American singer Shirley Ellis reached #3 in the US Billboard Hot 100 chart with a tongue-twisting novelty song, The Name Game. Remarkably popular, the Name Game continues to pop up in various guises on a range of television programmes, including American Horror Story (season 2, episode 10) and The Big Bang Theory […]more
At the end of last year, a mammoth update meant that OED subscribers can hear words spoken aloud for the first time, in both British and American accents. Little triangles have appeared next to the transcriptions, and can be clicked to hear the word. It’s now quicker and easier than ever before to find out […]more
In reference to the family name of her soon-to-be beau, 13-year-old Juliet Capulet once told nobody in particular that ‘a rose by any other name would smell as sweet’. But would it? As the Simpson men convincingly rebut: Bart: Not if you called ’em stench-blossoms. Homer: Or crapweeds. Marge: I’d sure hate to get a dozen […]more
My Fair Lady, a musical version of George Bernard Shaw’s 1912 play Pygmalion, was first performed on Broadway in 1956, and has been in performance somewhere in the world almost ever since. Telling the tale of how London phonetics professor Henry Higgins gives cockney flower seller Eliza Doolittle speech lessons in order to pass her […]more