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Words as old as the OED

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.

How good is your World English?

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.

1928: the Year of the Dictionary

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.