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This week, orcas have been chattering all about hello, bye bye, one two, and Amy, as researchers discovered that killer whales can imitate human speech. On our latest Weekly Word Watch, though, it’s lunar rarities, Hindi winners, and keeping up with Kardashianism: Super blue blood moon There’s a supermoon. There’s a blue moon. There’s a […]more
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
Happy New Year, word fans! As 2017 dawns bright and clear (or grimy and daunting, depending on your location along the optimism/pessimism spectrum), you are probably signing up for gym memberships or vowing to be better about paying visits to your hoarder uncle. Permit me, though, to suggest a few word-related alternatives to the same […]more
Arguing about language is a passion for some people. However, Oxford Dictionaries is here to intervene and offer some insight into which arguments you don’t need to have anymore! 1. Literally Argument: Isn’t the use of literally when something isn’t actually real or happening incorrect? For some people, there is nothing worse than the figurative literally. […]more
Hold the front pages, literally. Or not. There has been much excitement this week over the discovery that the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) has recorded a sense of the word literally that seems to cause particular irritation. I am speaking of its use in a sentence like “I literally died laughing and had to run […]more