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Two words or one?


Is there a space between a and lot, or is the spelling alot OK? What’s the difference between away and a way? If you’ve…

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Word of the day peart
Pronunciation: pɪət
lively; cheerful

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Two-letter words

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Cult films in the OED


Cult films are slippery customers. One person’s cult film is another’s mainstream hit, and both would probably be prepared…

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From muggle to whizzpopper: invented words in children’s literature


When Roald Dahl invented words such as lickswishy, which describes the way English boys taste to giants in The BFG (1982),…