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The first post of this series by OED Consultant Editor Henry Hitchings explored the origins of Halloween. In this second instalment, he takes a look at the connection between the supernatural and anarchic spirits of Halloween. You can read the article in full, here. For both its lovers and its critics, Halloween is strongly associated […]more
The carnival in Rio de Janeiro kicks off on 5 February, so the next five days will once again see the Brazilian city playing host to seductive rhythms and scantily clad dancers. For this occasion, we’ve dived into the colourful vocabulary of the Brazilian carnival and came up with a list of words that we […]more
When Angela Carter was accused of overwriting, she cheerfully agreed that she pounced on opportunities to do so: ‘Embrace them? I would say that I half-suffocate them with the enthusiasm with which I wrap my arms and legs around them.’ The critic, Helen Stoddart, said she had ‘one of the most distinctive and daring voices […]more