American vs British pronunciation: zebra
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American vs British pronunciation: 7 words to watch out for


Americans and Brits. There are some things that we have different words for (zucchini vs courgette, stroller vs pram), and…

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

Cita de la semana

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

George Santayana


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.

Quiz: Shakespeare in pop songs
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Quiz: Shakespeare in pop songs


If music be the food of love, play on, as Shakespeare once said – or had Orsino say in Twelfth Night, at least. (He did go…

George R. R. Martin’s invented language in A Game of Thrones
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George R. R. Martin’s invented language in A Game of Thrones


This post includes spoilers for Game of Thrones and Harry Potter. This blog has hosted several pieces relating to the fantasy…