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Experts confirmed this week the discovery of the world’s oldest message in a bottle, cast from a German ship in 1886 and washed up in Western Australia earlier this year. Its message? Inclusion rider, bronze ceiling, and Kimoji. Sadly, not. The note included information about who wrote it and where it was thrown overboard, all […]more
Happy International Women’s Day! On this day of philogyny – the love of or admiration for women – we’ve been inspired to dip into the Oxford English Dictionary for the words of womankind. What emerges from studying a text that documents 1,000 years of language development is a rich picture of women’s history – even […]more
Last month, we took a tour around the world of the macho man, taking in some words in the grand tradition of beefcake on the way. We also discovered that the term beefcake, referring to muscular male physique, was formed on the model of cheesecake, a sexually alluring image of a woman. Sugar and spice […]more
In 1903, the motto ‘Deeds not Words’ was adopted by Emmeline Pankhurst as the slogan of the new Women’s Social and Political Union. This aimed above all to secure women the vote, but it marked a deliberate departure in the methods to be used. Over fifty years of peaceful campaigning had brought no change to […]more