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We’ve got a hearty serving of words this week, generously topped with mayonnaise, mispronunciations, and M-words. Let’s dig in. Muggle off The new series of ITV2’s smash reality hit Love Island is back on air. Some of us (hate-)watch for the programme’s sexy sensationalism. Others – like us word nerds at Oxford Dictionaries, monitor the […]more
Please note: this blog post discusses language that some readers may find offensive. Setting up a dictionary corner at the Nine Worlds Geekfest, to collect new word suggestions and report on the progress of those suggested the previous year, has become an institution, and I was delighted to be there once more in 2017 (previous […]more
Merlin’s beard! Could it really have been twenty years since Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was first published? J.K. Rowling’s series about the boy wizard and his mortal enemy Lord Voldemort has had an unquestionably huge cultural impact across the globe. And as we have seen twice before with muggle and quidditch, the literary […]more
Quidditch is a sport created by Rowling in the Harry Potter series of novels, which have now sold over 450 million copies and have been translated into 67 languages. The global popularity of the books has led to worldwide exposure for Quidditch, and even to this fictional sport being adapted for the Muggle (or non-wizard) […]more