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…

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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Quote of the week

“Euphemisms are unpleasant truths wearing diplomatic cologne.”

Quentin Crisp

(1908–1999)

English writer

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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…

book tl;dr
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Bovvered, tl;dr, and sleeping with the fishes: an OED update

 

Hello, and holy moly! this quarter our researchers and editors bring you more than 1,000 new words and senses and nearly…