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The subzero temperatures haven’t frozen over our word radar in Oxford, but perhaps they’ve made us want to cosy up to just three terms this week. And knitting them together is a pattern of nicknames. Beast from the East When severe weather strikes, it seems we’re always prepared – with wordplay. Newspapers dash off punning […]more
It is absolutely true that the word ‘tragedy’ has roots in a Greek word meaning ‘goat-song’. Many theories have been offered to explain it. One is that Greek tragedies were known as goat-songs because the prize in Athenian play competitions was a live goat. The contests were part of worship to Dionysus, involving chants and […]more