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OED appeals: can you help us find earlier evidence of the phrase jolly hockey sticks?

 

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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500 words: stories from a wider world

 

The BBC Radio 2 500 WORDS competition, run by the Chris Evans Breakfast Show, asks children aged 5-13 to compose an original…

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Quiz: how well do you know sweets around the world?

 

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