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An OED editor answers some more of your questions


When we took to Twitter and Facebook to ask you to send us your questions about language and lexicography the last time,…

Questions about language

Why is the alphabet arranged the way it is? How many words are there in the English language? Get the answers to some intriguing language questions.

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The woodlouse has had many different names, depending on which part of Britain you’re in: we take a look at some of the regional variations.
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The many names of the woodlouse


You’re probably familiar with the woodlouse, but (unless they happen to be your field of study), you probably haven’t given…