name origins
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8 names that were invented by authors


Let’s have a look at authors whose creations were influential outside of their literary traditions - specifically, at the…

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.

Oxford Dictionaries Community

Talk to fellow word-lovers across the globe, ask language questions, and share your expertise.

Cita de la semana

“The original is unfaithful to the translation.”

Jorge Luis Borges


Argentinian writer

What is the longest English word?

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

Shakespeare last lines
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Quiz: last lines in Shakespeare


Famous last words! This quiz will test how well you remember the last lines of Shakespeare's heroes and heroines - or villains…

6 earth expressions for Earth Day
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6 earth expressions for Earth Day


The word earth dates back to Old English, and its earliest meanings haven’t changed much over the course of centuries; earth…