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It’s the most terrifical time of year… As you work on making yourselves look appropriately petrifying, we’ve plundered the pages of the Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary for some historical synonyms for ‘scary’. There are some wonders, from fleysome to formidolous, but here are our favourites. Buggish Buggish, meaning ‘causing or intended to […]more
Got that #FridayFeeling? We do – because it’s time for another Weekly Word Watch. Here are the words that grabbed our attention this past week: Shrinkflation …and then there were 10. McVitie’s, the British biscuit behemoth, announced this week that it is reducing the packet size of its signature chocolatey-orange Jaffa Cakes from 12 […]more
You might not have pondered ‘ghost or cat’? to yourself all that often. Let’s be honest, usually it’s pretty obvious which it is – and usually it’s a cat. But we’ve taken a journey into the spookier side of the Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary for different names for ghosts across time and around the […]more
Shakespeare might have had a fondness for kings and unlikely coincidences featuring twins, but he also wasn’t averse to a ghost every now and then. There are plenty of supernatural elements in his plays, from revenge hauntings to magic spells and the occasional statue that comes to life. We’ve taken some of Shakespeare’s ghostliest lines […]more