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The first post of this series by OED Consultant Editor Henry Hitchings explored the origins of Halloween. In this second instalment, he takes a look at the connection between the supernatural and anarchic spirits of Halloween. You can read the article in full, here. For both its lovers and its critics, Halloween is strongly associated […]more
Shakespeare might have had a fondness for kings and unlikely coincidences featuring twins, but he also wasn’t averse to a ghost every now and then. There are plenty of supernatural elements in his plays, from revenge hauntings to magic spells and the occasional statue that comes to life. We’ve taken some of Shakespeare’s ghostliest lines […]more
In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. . . What’s a hobbit and how did J.R.R. Tolkien come by this word? Was it invented, adapted, or stolen? To shed some light on the matter, we’ve excerpted this passage from The Ring of Words: Tolkien and the Oxford English Dictionary by Peter Gilliver, […]more