Tag: vocabulary

How well do you know literary words?

A quiz of literary words

Poetry is traditionally characterized by the use of a more elevated, literary language intended to evoke emotion in the reader. Words like beseech or Rhadamanthine suggest a strongly poetic tone — but do you also know what they mean? See whether you can match the literary words with their correct definitions in the quiz below.

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Words containing 'mother'

Mother’s milk, mother wit, and other words containing ‘mother’

This Sunday we celebrate Mother’s Day, also known as Mothering Sunday, in the UK: that day of the year on which mothers are particularly honoured by their children. In North America and South Africa, Mother’s Day is on the second Sunday in May instead. According to A Dictionary of English Folklore, Mother’s Day as we […]

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Highland cow

How well do you know Scottish words and phrases?

Scotland is observing St Andrew’s Day today — the feast day of their patron saint. Let’s celebrate with them by testing our knowledge of the Scottish tongue:

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September WOTD quiz

Vocabulary quiz: how well do you know September’s Words of the Day?

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. 

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cupcakes

How well do you know our new words?

Cakeage, Mx, bants – you’ve (hopefully) heard about the new words we’ve just added to OxfordDictionaries.com, but do you also know what they mean? Take this quick quiz to see if you can match the word with the correct definition.

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May WOTD quiz

Vocabulary quiz: how well do you know May’s Words of the Day?

Cajole, camarilla, and parergon: do you remember last month’s Words of the Day? Take our vocabulary quiz to test your knowledge. Not yet signed up to our free Word of the Day service? Click here to receive your daily word.

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April WOTD quiz

Vocabulary quiz: how well do you know April’s Words of the Day?

Have you paid attention to April’s Words of the Day? Take the quiz to find out if you can match the words with the correct definitions. Not yet signed up to our free Word of the Day service? Click here to receive your daily word. 

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false friends

Shakespeare’s false friends

False friends (‘faux amis’) are words in one language which look the same as words in another. We therefore think that their meanings are the same, and get a shock when we find they are not. Generations of French students have believed that demander means ‘demand’ (whereas it means ‘ask’) or librairie means ‘library’ (instead […]

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