OxfordWords blog

5 tips for becoming a better creative writer


Creative writing requires a different approach from other types of writing, and can often intimidate due to the wide gamut…

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.

Word origins

What's the origin of the phrase ‘to have an albatross around one’s neck’?

Oxford Arabic Dictionary

Oxford Dictionaries | Arabic is a groundbreaking new online dictionary of Modern Standard Arabic and English based on modern usage.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

What do you call a group of ...?

Did you know that there are collective nouns for many different groups of animals and people? Learn more...

false friends
OxfordWords blog

False Friends between English and Spanish


Building a bridge between two languages is a very demanding undertaking, and ‘false friends’ make it harder still. False…

Murray Garden Party_OUP Archives
OxfordWords blog

A letter from Dr Murray: commemorating the centenary of Murray’s death


26 July 2015 marks the 100th anniversary of the death of James Murray, the first Editor of the Oxford English Dictionary.…