Our Children’s Dictionaries department have announced the Children’s Word of the Year for 2016: refugee. The word was chosen after analysing the entries to the 2016 BBC Radio 2 500 WORDS competition, in which young people age 5-13 were invited to compose an original work of fiction on any subject or theme, using no more than 500 words. This […]
May the Fourth be with you! Playing off a pun on one of the movie’s most famous quotes, 4 May is the unofficial holiday in which Star Wars fans across the globe celebrate the beloved blockbuster series. The original Star Wars movie, now known as Star Wars IV: A New Hope, was released on 25 May 1977, but to those […]
How well do you know your ‘space operas’? See if you can match the quote to the right space opera franchise – all three are filled with a bounty of intergalactic wisdom and quotable dialogue. Let’s see if you can tell them apart!
The development of the word geek tells us a lot about how geeks have been perceived culturally. It was first used in the late nineteenth century, as a generalized term for a person, particularly one who is foolish or offensive. It is related to the earlier noun geck, which derives from a Germanic word meaning […]
Word of the Day: Stakhanovite - an exceptionally productive worker in the Soviet Union... ... ow.ly/vXPa500MW1F
Word of the Day: diachronic - concerned with how something develops through time... ... ow.ly/eYgy500LrR0