Varieties of English
East Anglian English
East Anglia, in the east of England, has its own distinctive version of English: find out more.
Geordie and other dialects of north-east England
Wye aye, pet! Is Geordie English the most distinctive dialect in England? We look at some north-east English vocabulary to find out an answer.
The 19th century saw a lot of change around the world. Explore the impact this had on the English language, with new words and changing grammar over the 1800s.
South African English
South African English has a long and involved history, but there are actually eleven official languages in South African. Find out more…
The English of Australia
Australian English has its own distinctive vocabulary and accent. Discover more about the language spoken in Oz, from wallabies to diphthongs.
How has English changed between 1900 and 1999? And is there truly only one English language? Take a look at our guide to 20th century English to find out.
What is a dialect?
‘Dialect' is a word that most people think they understand. Click through to see the explanation of a dialect, and other similar articles.
The history of English
The history of English is long, winding, and complex – but here are 5 events that shaped the history of English, and gave us the language we use today.
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.