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The OED’s Fifty Shades of Grey


With the release of the much-anticipated film adaptation of the best-selling novel Fifty Shades of Grey on 13 February, we…

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Pronunciation: kwäˈfər
a hairdresser

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Taking Portuguese idioms literally


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How well do you know the language of beer?


Do you distinguish between beers and lagers? Do you know your Weißbier from your Schwartzbier? If you think that you’ve got…