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OxfordWords blog

Look who’s Tolkien now: inventing languages

 

What are invented languages? How are they created? Do they have a place in the modern world? Invented languages have been…

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.

Quote of the week

“Love is the bright foreigner, the foreign self.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

(1803–1882)

American writer

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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.

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OxfordWords blog

The hypocrisy of hating back-formations

 

Does the verb incent make you grind your teeth? Can you cope with enthuse? Does spectate rankle? There are plenty of purported…

Dad's Army
OxfordWords blog

10 words you need to know before watching Dad’s Army

 

A while ago I tried to explain to my American colleague why the words “Don’t tell him, Pike” would bring a wry smile to any…