Get happy with the word ‘happy’
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Get happy with the word ‘happy’


From one of the first Mr Men and one of the seven dwarves to happy hour, happy is a word that crops up from childhood onwards.…

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 interesting questions.

Weird and wonderful words

Learn new and unfamiliar words which you probably won’t need in everyday conversation or writing, but which are fun, interesting, and unusual.

Was the first computer ‘bug’ a real insect?

Find out how 'bug' came to mean 'an error in a computer program or system' and whether or not a real insect contributed to the origin of the term.

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Quote of the week

“To scrutinize the trivial can be to discover the monumental.”

Henry Petroski

(1942– )

American engineer and author

What is the longest English word?

Explore the lengthiest words in English, and find out what the longest place name in Britain is.

The Merchant of Venice
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Quiz: how well do you know Shakespeare’s language?


Do you fancy yourself something of a Shakespeare scholar? Can you separate falchion, scimitar, and poniard? Our friends…

New Zealand English
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How good is your New Zealand English?


Do you know your hangi from your hongi? New Zealand English is the latest in our series of quizzes testing your knowledge…