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Oxford Dictionaries staff pick their favourite banned books


This week is Banned Books Week, which celebrates the freedom to read, and recognizes books that have been banned or challenged…

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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What is the longest English word?

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

Shakespeare adaptations
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Quiz: film adaptations of Shakespeare


There have been dozens of films adapted from Shakespeare’s plays, but some are trickier to recognize than others. Take our…

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OxfordWords blog

17 Italian pronunciations to help you avoid awkward dinner dates


For English speakers, navigating a menu in an Italian restaurant can present some difficulties. If you’re looking to avoid…