Tag: Varieties of English

Street in Dublin

An American in Dublin

It’s Bloomsday. I am strolling the streets of Dublin just as the celebration’s namesake, Leopold Bloom, did on this date nearly 100 years ago in James Joyce’s Ulysses. Like him, I am taking in the many sights and sounds of Ireland’s storied old capital. As a word nerd and language writer, I’m especially listening out […]

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The language of Irish English

Explore the language of Irish English, from ‘gobdaw’ to ‘hooley’

Today is St Patrick’s Day, which seems a perfect excuse to not only go out for a few beers and perhaps a couple of glasses of usquebaugh, but also to take a closer look at some Irish English words. However you choose to celebrate today, whether you’re planning to dance your socks off at a […]

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Antrim Coast and Glens

How good is your Northern Irish English?

Whether you’re a frequent visitor to Northern Ireland or have never been there, you should take time out of your day to see how good your Northern Irish English is. Those of you who’ve lived there have a distinct advantage… but anybody can enjoy trying to identify mutton dummy, oxtercog, cat melodeon, and more.  

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Northern Irish is a rich and varied, blending slang from Ireland, Scotland, and the north of England

Ten verbs from Northern Ireland that you’ll enjoy using

Northern Irish is a rich and varied dialect, blending slang from Ireland, Scotland, and the north of England with some of its own unique creations. The following ten verbs are used in Northern Irish English, as well as other regional varieties, and are some of our favourites from the most recent update to OxfordDictionaries.com. Cowp […]

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How to insult somebody in Northern Irish

How to insult somebody in Northern Irish

Let’s have a look at regional words that arise in the distinctly creative sphere of insults. In particular, we will be investigating words used in Northern Irish English, though due to its strong links with other regional varieties—especially Scottish and Irish—some of these terms will be familiar to people hailing from other parts of the […]

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pregnancy test

Pregnancy metaphors from around the world

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 […]

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world english

10 ways speakers of World English are changing the language

When people think of world varieties of English and their contribution to the language, they tend to think in terms of unusual loanwords that conjure visions of exotic, faraway lands. Indeed, in countries such as India, Hong Kong, and the Philippines, where English is primarily used as a second or even third language alongside local […]

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koala

Salties, shafters, and roos: Australian animal words

Australia is well known for its unique, and often dangerous, contributions to the animal kingdom. In March’s update, we’ve been working to bring some more Australian and New Zealand vocabulary into our dictionary, and inevitably this includes words and phrases that involve or describe some of the critters found in the bush. Pet names Most […]

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