And the word of 2019 is… “climate emergency”.  Well, we could have sworn that was two words but we’re not going to argue with the lexicographers at the Oxford English Dictionary!  Accompanying heightened awareness of climate change and its impact …

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Language evolves and dictionaries with it – we can only wonder what changes in the meaning of common, everyday words we might find were we to crack open the carefully preserved dictionaries hiding in the Rare Books room. If you …

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Good news for all our budding Arts and Humanities scholars!  JSTOR have just produced a series of subject guides to help you get the most from their resources, including: Books Art & Art History resources Language & Literature resources Political Science resources Education …

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Oxford Dictionaries announced the ‘Face with Tears of Joy’ emoji as their Word of the Year 2015.  You can find out why, see the shortlisted words which didn’t quite make the cut, and watch their “Emojis in real life” video on the Oxford …

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Book lovers, scrabble enthusiasts, crossword addicts and linguaphiles everywhere often love a new word.  One dictionary has a new top ten list here: http://www.collinsdictionary.com/word-lovers-blog/new/top-10-collins-words-of-the-year,259,HCB.html and although some of the words aren’t new, they’ve either been given a new meaning or …

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