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Words from the 1960s

If youth had flexed its muscles in the 1950s, in the 1960s it ruled the roost. Out on the streets, in the clubs and on the campuses, it was young…

An Oxford lexicographer of the 1960s: Penny Silva

On this blog, we have explored the lives and careers of lexicographers who have contributed to the Oxford English Dictionary and others of Oxford’s dictionary ‘family’ from the 1920s to…

Nick Sharratt’s favourite word

Illustrator and author Nick Sharratt is known worldwide for his much-loved work creating and illustrating books for children (and their parents!). Having loved drawing for as long as he can…

Words from the 1950s

Guest blogger John Ayto on the language of the 1950s – the decade the culture of youth came of age:

Hobby words: an update

Earlier this year, we asked the public to tell us about the words that they use in their hobbies. We received hundreds of submissions, and here we take a look at some of the most notable…

Meet the Editors: Catherine Sangster

Meet Catherine Sangster, our Head of Pronunciations, whose job it is to ‘look after the bits of the dictionary that tell you how to pronounce the word you’re looking up’….

Words from the 1940s

It was a decade of war and peace: the first half monopolized by worldwide conflict, the second tentatively reaching out towards ways of avoiding a repetition of the first. Together…

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