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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
The wonderfully onomatopoeic serendipity, which is indeed often chosen as Britons’ favourite English word (alongside nincompoop and discombobulate), means the making of happy and unexpected discoveries by accident. It was invented by the writer and politician Horace Walpole in 1754 as an allusion to Serendip, an old name for Sri Lanka. Walpole was a prolific […]more