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Happy New Year! We hope it brings you great happiness and prosperity. As for new and noteworthy words and phrases? We’ve got you covered, including here on our first Word Watch of 2018. Bomb cyclone As Storm Eleanor batters Western Europe, a powerful winter storm is developing off the already icy eastern coast of the […]more
Ask people to say words ending in ster and you might get hipster, prankster, jokester, or gangster. A handful of words formed by the addition of the suffix –ster are still in common use; with some, like spinster, the origin may no longer even be apparent, as the word no longer primarily means ‘a woman […]more
On 1 February in 1884, the first instalment of the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) was published. Containing 352 pages of dictionary entries, it covered the words from A to Ant. 44 years later the first edition of the OED was finished, comprising 125 of these fascicles. To celebrate the anniversary of the OED, we’ve drawn together some […]more