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From ‘superstardom’ to ‘space traveller’, ‘Mary Jane’ to ‘Mussoliniesque’, travel back with us to explore a surprising selection of words as old as the dictionary itself.
Do you know your ‘backie’ from your ‘bunny hug’? Put your knowledge to the test with this quiz on regionalisms from all over the English-speaking world.
International acclaim, a nine-course banquet, a toast by the Prime Minister… Find out how the completion of the OED was celebrated by its contemporaries.
In 1928, William Craigie praised ‘the inventive genius of the American tongue’; find out how American English has been a part of the OED since its very first edition.
Katherine Connor Martin tells us about her role as Head of US Dictionaries and keeping the OED up-to-date with developments in American English.