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It’s the most terrifical time of year… As you work on making yourselves look appropriately petrifying, we’ve plundered the pages of the Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary for some historical synonyms for ‘scary’. There are some wonders, from fleysome to formidolous, but here are our favourites. Buggish Buggish, meaning ‘causing or intended to […]more
You are probably mostly familiar with Oxford Dictionaries as a dictionary, but we also provide language data for developers through an API, or ‘application programming interface’. Last month, we ran a competition for developers to create an app using our dictionary data. We weren’t sure what to expect – we’re still fairly new to APIs […]more
Friday 13th has long been considered an unlucky day in the West, at least by some people; this dates back to the Middle Ages. Though it’s often treated whimsically, a word for a phobia of the day has been suggested: paraskevidekatriaphobia, by analogy with the existing word for a phobia of the number 13, triskaidekaphobia. […]more
We’ve already given you the lowdown on the many and various ways you can say ‘yes’ and ‘no’, and now we want to liven up the vocabulary of the less committed. What happens if you want to stay on the fence and say ‘maybe’? Don’t worry; we’ve got your back. Peradventure Archaic or humorous now, […]more
Lavatory, privy, loo – we’re not exactly lacking synonyms for toilet in everyday language. Still, we thought it might be fun to dig out a few of the more obscure and curious ones that have been used throughout the ages. House of Lords House of Lords has been around as a cheeky slang term for […]more
Mischief Night – the night before Halloween, celebrated with practical jokes and (often to the dismay of the community) minor vandalism – goes by many names, including Goosey Night, Cabbage Night, Gate Night, and Devil’s Night. So what better way to recognize this evening of hijinks than with a list of mischief synonyms? 1. funny business […]more