Category Archives: Oxford Dictionaries

What are the origins of ‘stereotype’ and ‘cliché’? – OxfordWords blog (Oct 11, 2017)

What are the origins of ‘stereotype’ and ‘cliché’? – OxfordWords blog (Oct 11, 2017) The word ‘stereotype’ comes from the French adjective stéréotype, which itself comes from the Greek στερεός (solid) and τύπος (type). For further reading, visit “OxfordWords blog”. This … Continue reading

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Achcha! Indian English in Oxford Dictionaries – OxfordWords blog (Oct 05, 2017)

Achcha! Indian English in Oxford Dictionaries – OxfordWords blog (Oct 05, 2017) English has been present in India for four centuries, and the language has played a number of important roles in Indian society – first as the language of … Continue reading

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10 common mistakes with prepositions made by learners of English – OxfordWords blog (Jan 11, 2017)

10 common mistakes with prepositions made by learners of English – OxfordWords blog (Jan 11, 2017) A preposition is a very common little word like at, for, in, on, and to, which the dictionary defines as a word governing, and usually … Continue reading

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10 mistakes made by learners of English – OxfordWords blog (Jan 09, 2017)

10 mistakes made by learners of English – OxfordWords blog (Jan 09, 2017) Do learners of English make particular mistakes in grammar, pronunciation, and vocabulary depending on their mother tongue? For further reading, visit “OxfordWords blog”. This preview is provided … Continue reading

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12 language arguments to debate over Christmas dinner – OxfordWords blog (Dec 21, 2016)

12 language arguments to debate over Christmas dinner – OxfordWords blog (Dec 21, 2016) Christmas is a time to get together with family and use language with each other. Sometimes we fall into old language habits when we reunite with … Continue reading

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When words die from overuse – OxfordWords blog (Nov 23, 2016)

When words die from overuse – OxfordWords blog (Nov 23, 2016) Nicholson Baker once wrote an essay on the omnipresence, a century ago, of a word usage we never see anymore: lumber, used in reference to the contents of our … Continue reading

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Video: what is the female form of fraternal? – OxfordWords blog (Nov 22, 2016)

Video: what is the female form of fraternal? – OxfordWords blog (Nov 22, 2016) What is the female equivalent of fraternal? How about brethren?  To read more and watch the video, visit “OxfordWords blog”. This preview is provided here with permission. … Continue reading

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Word of the Year 2016: other words on the shortlist – OxfordWords blog (Nov 16, 2016)

Word of the Year 2016: other words on the shortlist – OxfordWords blog (Nov 16, 2016) Post-truth is the Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year 2016, but the shortlist has a wide range of words which have had an impact … Continue reading

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Video: what is the opposite of…? – OxfordWords blog (Nov 11, 2016)

Video: what is the opposite of…? | OxfordWords blog Opposites may attract, but what about those words that don’t seem to have an opposite? Spoilers: sometimes they turn out to have one you’ve not heard of. We look at words … Continue reading

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Gossip: a quick linguistic history – OxfordWords blog (Nov 08, 2016)

Gossip: a quick linguistic history | OxfordWords blog In their 1980 book, Metaphors We Live By, George Lakoff and Mark Johnson argue that many of our everyday expressions take shape from hidden metaphors, and that those metaphors reveal powerful, but … Continue reading

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