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Oxford Dictionaries Word Of The Year 2015 – 😂

Each year, Oxford Dictionaries picks their Word of the Year, to showcase a word that has dramatically increased in usage over the year. In 2012, it was “Omnishambles“. 2013 was dedicated as the Year of the Selfie. Last year gave … Continue reading

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‘i.e.’ or ‘e.g.’?

When should you use “i.e.”, and when is it better to use “e.g.”? This video by Oxford Dictionaries explains it all. These are two little terms I’ve often mixed up, so it’s good to get a proper explanation of which … Continue reading

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The Language Of Crosswords

I really like doing quick crosswords. I attempt the Guardian’s quick crossword everyday, and generally finish it. However, I am utterly clueless about cryptic crosswords. Crosswords have their own language, and it’s actually quite fascinating to read about. Over at … Continue reading

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How Do You Pronounce Scone?

Ah, scones. Delicious little cakes, perfect with tea, and so utterly British. But how exactly is the word pronounced? Is it pronounced to rhyme with “cone”, or with “con”? Oxford Dictionaries Blog conducted a survey to find out, and the … Continue reading

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6 Words That Everyone Pronounces Wrong

There are some words which people have a tendency to mispronounce over and over again. Over at Oxford Dictionaries Blog, they have a collection of six words that everyone pronounces wrong. These are: Espresso Sherbet Prescription Comptroller Nuclear Quinoa I … Continue reading

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Nouns That Are Always Plural

There are several nouns in the English language that are always plural. It’s one of those odd quirks that you don’t really realise until it is pointed out to you, at which point it seems exceedingly puzzling. These nouns are pluralia … Continue reading

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‘Less’ Or ‘fewer’?

I’ve posted before about Less Versus Fewer, but I thought I’d pop this video here for those of you who don’t like reading… you crazy people you. Once you’ve watched the video, take the quiz to see if you really … Continue reading

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What Rhymes With Orange?

“You may have heard that nothing rhymes with orange; that isn’t quite true. Watch the video to find out the rare word that does rhyme with orange, and learn about the difference between a full rhyme and a half-rhyme.” (Oxford Dictionaries) … Continue reading

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Oxford Dictionaries Word Of The Year 2014 – Vape

The Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year 2014 is vape. An interesting choice, and almost certainly not as widely known or used as selfie (Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year 2013). However, they above infographic explains why vape was chosen, … Continue reading

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Walkers, Biters, And Geeks

The Walking Dead has returned, with an explosive opening episode. Instead of spoiling it for anyone who has yet to watch it, instead I’ll link to an interesting article by Oxford Dictionaries Blog, which talks about the different terms used … Continue reading

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