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Quiz: how good is your Canadian English?

 

Although Canadian English is often lumped together with American English, Canadian English stands apart as its own distinct…

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OED appeals: can you help us find earlier evidence of the word ‘parmo’?

 

Can you help us? OED Appeals is a dedicated community space on the OED website where OED editors solicit help in unearthing…

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Video: ‘illicit’ or ‘elicit’

 

Illicit and elicit sound very similar, but their meanings are quite different. Watch our video to find out how to use them. Find…