Spelling differences and changes
The common phrase ‘currying favour’ sounds odd; it’s even odder when you know horses are involved.
Minuscule or miniscule?
The adjective 'minuscule' is a good example of a word whose spelling is changing. We tell you how.
Old and new forms
Moot point or mute point? Strait-laced or straight-laced? Using the English Corpus we analyse the frequency of new vs old spellings, and see which are changing.
One word or two?
Thank you or thankyou? Alot or a lot? There are a few common terms that you might wonder: one word, two words, or either? We have the answers.
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.