Nonapology and apology tour have been added to Oxford Dictionaries.
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Regretoric: the rise of the nonapology apology and the apology tour is adding the nouns apology tour and nonapology. These additions represent two related steps in 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.

500 WORDS is back for 2016

Oxford Dictionaries for Children have teamed up with BBC Radio 2 to find the most talented young writers.

Cita de la semana

“Many a time we look for one thing, and light on another.”

Cervantes (Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra)


Spanish novelist

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What is the longest English word?

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

What is Shrove Tuesday?
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Video: what is Shrove Tuesday?


Shrove Tuesday takes place on 9 February 2016, and you might be wondering two things: what is it, and where does it come…

Donald Trump speaks at the First in the Nation Leadership Summit in Nashua, NH, on April 18, 2015
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Political profanity and crude creativity on the US Election campaign trail


As the snow starts to melt over here on the East Coast of the US following ‘Snowzilla’, thoughts are turning (and in the…