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While it may be true that there’s nothing new under the sun, there’s always new twists to be given to old books, movies, and television shows. From the release of the live-action Beauty and the Beast to the announcement of a possible revival of the Matrix franchise, the vocabulary around adaptation has become more varied, […]more
Jane Austen achieved some success as an author during her own lifetime. Her first published novel, Sense and Sensibility (1811), was reviewed well and sold out of copies after about a year. Her second, Pride and Prejudice also sold well as did Mansfield Park, followed by Emma. She completed six novels in all, but the […]more
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy was originally written as a radio script, broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1978 in 6 episodes described as fits – a term used for a section of a poem that goes back to Old English. The Hitchhiker’s Guide appeared in book form in 1979; since then it has […]more
Are the Oscars not wordy enough for you? Let’s make the films nominated for Best Picture at the 2016 Academy Awards a little more engaging with several wordy facts. 1. The Big Short The big what? The term short has been in use since at least the mid-19th century to describe the process of ‘selling […]more
A while ago I tried to explain to my American colleague why the words “Don’t tell him, Pike” would bring a wry smile to any Brit’s face. I don’t think I succeeded brilliantly. If you’re not familiar, the clip below will let you know what I’m talking about – sorry for spoiling the punchline – […]more
One of the most iconic comic voices in American history, the stinging wit and dry sensibility of Woody Allen offers a distinctly cynical take on 20th– and 21st-century life. In celebration of Allen’s 80th birthday, we took a look through the Oxford Dictionary of Humorous Quotations (5th ed.) and the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations (8th […]more
There have been dozens of films adapted from Shakespeare’s plays, but some are trickier to recognize than others. Take our quiz and see if you can match the movie to the play – and let us know how you do! William Shakespeare was an English dramatist, poet, and actor who is often considered the […]more