Oxford comma
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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…

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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 glen
Pronunciation: ɡlɛn
a narrow valley, especially in Scotland or Ireland

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Maria Montessori


Italian educationalist

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Ancient Greece
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Why it’s all Greek to you and that shouldn’t be a problem


“Give me a word, any word and I’ll show you how the root of that word is Greek. Ok? How about arachnophobia? Αράχνη, that…

vape video
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Video: what is the origin of the word vape?


It is now two months since Oxford Dictionaries announced ‘vape’ as its word of the year 2014.  At the time of choosing, the…