The corpus and Oxford Dictionaries
Dictionaries are built using corpora – but what is a corpus, how is one built, and how do Oxford Dictionaries use them? Explore the world of the corpus.
Varieties of English
English is far more than one language. We look across the world and over time to explore many different varieties of English.
Useful crossword answers, words which break common spelling rules, or unusual words to impress your friends: this page has the word lists you're looking for.
What is the origin of ‘quiz’? Where did we get the term ‘flea market’? If you’ve ever asked similar questions, you’ll enjoy these word and phrase origins.
Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
How did the orangutan get its name? What about the aardvark or the squirrel? We delve into the jungle of animal etymologies.
We take a look at several popular, though confusing, punctuation marks.
From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, discover surprising and intriguing language facts from around the globe.
The definitions of ‘buddy’ and ‘bro’ in the OED have recently been revised. We explore their history and increase in popularity.