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that a bullshot is a cocktail made with beef consommé and vodka. The OED entry for 'bullshot' contains a 1965 quotation from Noel Coward's diary: "We sat on the verandah before lunch and introduced the Queen Mother to bullshots. She had two and was delighted."
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Jenny Lewin-Jones 12h
'Solstice' comes from Latin 'sol' (sun) and 'stitium' (standing still). More on the language of the summer solstice, by (from 2013):
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Oxford Dictionaries Jun 20
In France, the phrase 'entre chien et loup', meaning 'between dog and wolf', is used to refer to dusk, the idea being that the waning daylight makes it difficult to distinguish between the two animals 🐶🐺
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Oxford Dictionaries Jun 20
Not only is Clueless adorable, funny, and way existential (okay, maybe not way existential), but some of its wittiest one-liners have since taken on lives of their own. But which of the movie’s beloved catchphrases have longer histories?
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The Guardian Jun 19
Oxford English Dictionary extends hunt for regional words around the world
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Oxford Dictionaries Jun 19
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Oxford Dictionaries Jun 19
What are the origins of 'lord' and 'lady' - and what does it have to do with bread?
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Oxford Dictionaries Jun 19
This quiz could be a walk in the park for some - others may find themselves between a rock and a hard place!
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Oxford Dictionaries Jun 19
In the 1520s, to say that the moon is blue was used to mean something impossible – to believe that the moon was blue was to believe an absurdity. Another variant of this was to believe that the moon is made of green cheese 🧀🌛
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Oxford Dictionaries Jun 18
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Oxford Dictionaries Jun 18
We foresee a historical synonyms quiz in your future... 🔮
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Oxford Dictionaries Jun 18
With ever-more rapid social and technological change, words and phrases that were commonplace in living memory could become endangered. presents his predictions of the vocabulary that’ll die out within his own lifetime – and probably yours, too.
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Oxford Dictionaries Jun 18
In 2010 it was the South African vuvuzela horns; in 2014, the Brazilian caxirola shakers. This time around, the official noisemaker of the is the 'lozhka'. get to grips with this traditional Russian percussion instrument:
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Oxford Dictionaries Jun 17
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Oxford Dictionaries Jun 17
This Blog Post Will Change How You View Clickbait Forever! 😮
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Oxford Dictionaries Jun 17
Are you clear on which one is 🚗 and which one is ✏️✂️?
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Oxford Dictionaries Jun 16
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Oxford Dictionaries Jun 16
The Oxford English Dictionary dates 'tooth fairy' to the mid-20th century. The custom of giving children money when they lose their teeth, though, is much older. What are some equivalents of 'tooth fairy' from around the world..?
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Oxford Dictionaries Jun 16
One from the archives from : the musings of an American in Dublin for
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