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The language of memes – and how to create your own

 

English is a truly global language with hundreds of regional variations worldwide, including over 50 dialects of British…

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.

What is the origin of the word ‘berserk’?

Find out how this term evolved from Old Norse, and what it means.

Word of the day quintillion
Pronunciation: kwɪnˈtɪljən
number
a thousand raised to the power of six…

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Maria Montessori

(1870–1952)

Italian educationalist

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Weird and wonderful words

Want to learn a new and unfamiliar word – one which you probably won’t need in everyday conversation or writing, but which is fun, interesting, and unusual? Have a look at our list.

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Lord Byron in the OED

 

Lord Byron, one of Britain’s greatest poets, was born on this day in 1788, so we thought this might be a good opportunity…

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Video: what is the Oxford comma?

 

When should you use an Oxford comma (also known as a serial comma)? Our video explains all... and has a couple of surprise…