Tag: royalty

What is in a royal baby name?

Charlotte Elizabeth Diana: what’s in a royal baby name?

When Prince George of Cambridge was born, the OUP blog took the occasion to examine the history of the names given to baby, mother, and father. With the arrival of the latest addition to the British royal family, we’ve taken a look into the Dictionary of First Names to find out what the names Charlotte Elizabeth Diana mean. Charlotte […]

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Language fit for a queen

British queens – whether monarchs in their own right or married to a king – have had an impact on English language, as befits royalty. Perhaps most obvious is the use of their names to refer to historical periods (such as the Victorian or Elizabethan eras), but that is far from their only legacy to […]

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‘The glory of my crown’: royal quotations past and present

Queen Elizabeth II is the UK’s longest-reigning monarch, but let’s take a look at some who came before her. Inevitably, those who rule for a long time come to the throne early: Queen Victoria was 18 at her accession, and was described by Thomas Carlyle on her coronation as ‘Poor little Queen! She is at […]

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Monarchs, royal language, and coronation chicken: an interactive jubilee image

To celebrate the diamond jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II this weekend, we’re exploring the world of royalty, from the life and family of Elizabeth II to the names of monarchs, and even the origin of coronation chicken. We’re also delving into the influence of royalty on the English language, from margherita pizza to corduroy trousers. […]

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Where do ‘freshman’ and ‘sophomore’ come from?

As September begins, campus quads around the world once again teem with bewildered freshmen, a word first used of a university student at Cambridge over 500 years ago. In the half millennium since, the number of terms for university and college students has proliferated like a new student’s Facebook friends, and students in their first […]

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Rulers and monarchs in ancient and modern times

Raise a class to monarchies past and present with a few appellations for rulers in ancient and modern times. aga (chiefly historical) in Muslim countries, especially under the Ottoman Empire: a military commander or official. Caesar a title of Roman emperors, especially those from Augustus to Hadrian. elector (historical) a German prince entitled to take part […]

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Quotations for every occasion

Quotations for every occasion

One of the most interesting aspects of working with quotations is seeing how words from one occasion are applicable to another. The recent controversy over the sale of Forestry Commission land brought to mind the words of the poet William Blake, writing over 200 years ago: ‘The tree which moves some to tears of joy […]

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An interactive guide to Prince William’s ancestry

Guide to Prince William's ancestry

Queen Victoria and Prince Albert < King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra < > King George V and Queen Mary < > King George VI and Queen Elizabeth < > Queen Elizabeth II and Philip, Duke of Edinburgh < > Charles, Prince of Wales, and Diana, Princess of Wales < > The happy couple: Prince […]

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