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As the year draws to a close, there is only one event on everyone’s minds here at Oxford Dictionaries HQ – and it ain’t Christmas. The announcement of our Word of the Year 2017 got us thinking about the highs and lows of the lexical year. Have you ever wondered which words are looked up […]more
Like many ancient Greek words that have entered modern English, kudos has a somewhat confusing final ‘s’ in its singular form. But unlike words like thermos, chaos, or rhinoceros, kudos underwent a shift in its pronunciation when it entered American English sometime in the 19th century. Instead of pronouncing the second vowel as a schwa […]more