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Achy-breaky words: the language of the nineties

 

Though they’re well over a decade past, the nineties occupy an unusual place in the cultural zeitgeist. A whole new decade…

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Word of the day humoresque
Pronunciation: ˌ(h)yo͞oməˈresk
noun
a short, lively piece of music

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On the radar: July 2014

 

Oxford’s lexicography team monitors many new English words which are still too new or rare to be included in our dictionaries.…