David Brent The Office
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The awkward language of David Brent and The Office

 

‘David, some words would be useful here’: a sentence of exasperation from Neil Godwin, David Brent’s nemesis in the mockumentary…

Random questions

Have you ever wondered whether a penguin is a bird, or whether a tomato is a fruit or a vegetable? Here you'll find a collection of answers to peculiar questions.

Weird and wonderful words

Learn new and unfamiliar words which you probably won’t need in everyday conversation or writing, but which are fun, interesting, and unusual.

Was the first computer ‘bug’ a real insect?

Find out how 'bug' came to mean 'an error in a computer program or system' and whether or not a real insect contributed to the origin of the term.

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Cita de la semana

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

George Santayana

(1863–1952)

Spanish-born philosopher and critic

What is the longest English word?

Explore the lengthiest words in English, and find out what the longest place name in Britain is.

upstander new words
OxfordWords blog

Upstander, Turtle Island, and tink: an Oxford Dictionaries update

 

New words added to OxfordDictionaries.com come, as usual, from a wide variety of backgrounds and areas – from contemporary…

spam origin
OxfordWords blog

Video: why do we call unwanted email ‘spam’?

 

We all know – and probably hate – spam emails. This variety of spam means ‘irrelevant or unsolicited messages sent over the…