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Bridesmen and best maids: surprising facts about wedding words

Bridesmen and best maids: surprising facts about wedding words | Everything else | Scoop.it
Brides weren't always female While the oldest recorded sense of bride is the familiar one referring to a woman, there is some evidence of the word being
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DCblog: On word-cloud calligrams

DCblog: On word-cloud calligrams | Everything else | Scoop.it
My correspondent this time is Nicola Burton of Oxford University Press, who's been looking after the publicity for my recently published Words in Time and Place, and who has come up with a novel way of presenting the word-clusters in the book.
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Language quiz: does the world look the same in any language? | OxfordWords blog

Language quiz: does the world look the same in any language? | OxfordWords blog | Everything else | Scoop.it
The Japanese language has a single word that encompasses both green and blue colors, whilst the Russian language has separate terms for different shades of
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When is a book a tree? | OxfordWords blog

When is a book a tree? | OxfordWords blog | Everything else | Scoop.it
The obvious answer to ‘when is a book a tree?’ is ‘before it’s been made into a book’ – it doesn’t take a scientist to know that (most) paper comes from tr
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Why do we need grammar? | OxfordWords blog

Why do we need grammar? | OxfordWords blog | Everything else | Scoop.it
It’s not often that the word ‘inspiring’ is used to describe a day of grammar talks, but I was not the only one to think so at last week’s English Grammar
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The Burden of Writing: Scribes in Medieval Manuscripts - Medieval manuscripts blog

The Burden of Writing: Scribes in Medieval Manuscripts - Medieval manuscripts blog | Everything else | Scoop.it
When we speak to visitors or students about our medieval manuscripts, we frequently find ourselves spending a significant amount of time talking about how such books were created. We discuss the ways that scribes worked and artists painted, and quite often we will then be asked just how it is...
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This Is What Happens When English People Try To Draw Scotland

This Is What Happens When English People Try To Draw Scotland | Everything else | Scoop.it
We asked the English (and two American) members of the office to draw Scotland from memory. We couldn't be more sorry.
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The language of Thomas Hardy | OxfordWords blog

The language of Thomas Hardy | OxfordWords blog | Everything else | Scoop.it
Writing about Hardy's poetic language, Edmund Blunden, one of his most perceptive critics, noted that it is ‘sometimes a peculiar compound of the high-flow
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30 Untranslatable Words From Other Languages Illustrated By Anjana Iyer

30 Untranslatable Words From Other Languages Illustrated By Anjana Iyer | Everything else | Scoop.it
When something is “lost in translation,” it could have been due to a simple mistake or due to the fact that one language was not quite able to capture the essence of a word's meaning in another language. This conflict is the idea behind New Zealand-based designer Anjana Iyer's “Found in ...
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Boodles Crochet Footstool Pattern - Hobbycraft Blog

Boodles Crochet Footstool Pattern - Hobbycraft Blog | Everything else | Scoop.it
This plump and colourful little crochet footstool pattern is sure to bring some early summer brights to your home this Spring. Just add yarn!
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How to Knit Your Own Bunting - Hobbycraft Blog

How to Knit Your Own Bunting - Hobbycraft Blog | Everything else | Scoop.it
This free knit your own bunting project is perfect for decorating inside or outside for parties, and a great way to use up leftover yarns from the stash.
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Knitted String of Birds - Hobbycraft Blog

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Knitting is a great way of making something special for your home so, why not give this knitted string of birds a go? I used Women's Institute Yarn.
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The Six Ways You’re Acting Like a Grad Student (And how that’s killing you on the job market) | The Professor Is In

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Here’s what Shakespeare’s plays sounded like with their original English accent

In this short documentary, linguist David Crystal and his son, actor Ben Crystal, look at the differences between English pronunciation now and how it was spoken 400 years ago. They answer the most basic question you probably have right now — How do you...
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A book by any other name | OxfordWords blog

A book by any other name | OxfordWords blog | Everything else | Scoop.it
Following on from our post about the etymology of the word book, we've delved into the Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) to find
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Changing accents | Omniglot blog

I heard an interesting discussion on Radio Cymru recently about accents. They talked about Welsh, and English, regional accents that have negative associations for people from other regions, or that people find difficult to follow, and whether they would change their accent to make it easier for others to understand them, and/or to avoid the negative associations.



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Caution: Elves

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Plans to build a new road in Iceland ran into trouble recently when campaigners warned that it would disturb elves living in its path. Construction work had to be stopped while a solution was found.

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Limerick competition: the winners | OxfordWords blog

Limerick competition: the winners | OxfordWords blog | Everything else | Scoop.it
When we asked for people to craft limericks about their favourite words, we weren't sure what to expect. Would the OxfordWords readers rise to the occasion
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Taking England back to the Dark Ages

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What would happen if England started to break up into its seven Anglo-Saxon kingdoms? Tom Shakespeare lets his imagination run riot.

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How to make Viking Cupcakes - Hobbycraft Blog

How to make Viking Cupcakes - Hobbycraft Blog | Everything else | Scoop.it
This brave Viking warrior will win over the hearts of anyone he meets! Learn how to decorate your very own Viking cupcake with this great how to from Basic Cake Decorating by Shelly Baxter
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18 awesome ways to say awesome | OxfordWords blog

18 awesome ways to say awesome | OxfordWords blog | Everything else | Scoop.it
As we recently asked our followers on Twitter: are you tired of the word awesome? Do you want a different way to express the same idea? Well, we’ve delved
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Flared Rose Crochet Pattern - Hobbycraft Blog

Flared Rose Crochet Pattern - Hobbycraft Blog | Everything else | Scoop.it
FREE Flared Rose Crochet Pattern from Lesley Stanfield from the book 100 Flowers to Knit and Crochet. We used the new range of Women's Institute yarn.
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