“I always have a quotation for everything – it saves original thinking.” So said the gentleman detective Lord Peter Wimsey in Dorothy L Sayers’ Have His Carcase (1932) – providing us with a handy quotation. But before you start believing everything you hear, make sure you know whether or not a quotation was actually said. […]
That’s right – for the first time ever, the Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year is a pictograph: ????, officially called the ‘Face with Tears of Joy’ emoji, though you may know it by other names. There were other strong contenders from a range of fields, outlined below, but ???? was chosen as the ‘word’ that […]
Whether or not you’re able to be a regular attendee at Broadway shows or buy the soundtracks, there are plenty of phrases you’ll be able to identify from the lyrics of hit musicals. Take our quiz to see if you can match the lyrics to the musical.
There are dozens and dozens of pairs of words in English that are easy to mix up. Test your skills with our confusing words quiz, which covers all of your gnarly pairs, from affect / effect to defuse / diffuse and many, many more! If you find yourself lost, you might want to check out our list […]
Habitus, balayage, Wissenschaft: do you know what these words mean? Test your knowledge with our September Word of the Day quiz. Not yet signed up to our free Word of the Day service? Click here to receive your daily word.
There have been dozens of films adapted from Shakespeare’s plays, but some are trickier to recognize than others. Take our quiz and see if you can match the movie to the play – and let us know how you do! William Shakespeare was an English dramatist, poet, and actor who is often considered the […]
Are you a witty Beatrice or a wicked Lady Macbeth? More like Viola or Desdemona? Take our quiz to find out which of Shakespeare’s heroine you are – though we don’t advise that you necessarily live your life accordingly. William Shakespeare was an English dramatist, poet, and actor who is often considered the greatest […]
The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) is a great source for finding fun, obsolete words. Do you, for instance, know what a lorthew is? Or what it means to be muckibus? Take this quiz and prove you’re a true logophile. Follow the OED on Twitter to learn more weird and wonderful words.
Word of the Day: ventouse - a cup-shaped suction device used in assisting childbirth…... ow.ly/8K4tRn