Questions about dictionaries
Why do some words enter the dictionary while others don't? How did lexicographers research language before computers were invented? Thought of a word you want to see included in the dictionary?
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Why are dictionaries in alphabetical order?
Have you ever wondered why it is that dictionaries list words in alphabetical order? We answer this and your other questions about dictionaries!
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.