Child reading a book in a garden
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Enid Blyton in the OED


Enid Blyton (1897 – 1968) was an English writer of children’s books published from 1922 until her death in 1968. Among her…

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.

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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.

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…

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…