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The day JFK did NOT call himself a jam doughnut


On the (in)significance of the indefinite article Earlier this month, on 9 November, Germany celebrated the 25th anniversary…

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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 ‘quiz’?

Was it a Dublin theatre proprietor who coined the term in the late 18th century?

Word of the day prepotent
Pronunciation: prɪˈpəʊt(ə)nt
greater than others in power or influence

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“Imagination is more important than knowledge.”

Albert Einstein


German-born theoretical physicist

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List of phobias

Explore the terms for some of the more interesting phobias you may come across.

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What do we love about new words?


The lexicographers at Oxford Dictionaries keep watch on our collective neology and select a word—or words–of the year: a…

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Video: Word of the Year… what would you choose?


The Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year for 2014 is vape, but before we announced the word, we took to the streets of Oxford…