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Embiggening English: The Simpsons and changing language

 

The first episode of The Simpsons aired twenty-five years ago, on 17 December, 1989, and since then, English has never been…

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What is the origin of the word ‘berserk’?

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Pronunciation: ˈkʌmbəs(ə)m
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large or heavy and therefore difficult to carry…

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Interactive map: the OED in two minutes

 

This animation uses data from the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) to show how English has developed by borrowing or adapting…

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How do you spell Chanukah? (Hanukkah? Hanukah? Chanukkah?)

 

Each winter, as the Jewish festival of lights approaches, English speakers grapple with the question of how to spell its…