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  • BuzzWord or Bard’s Word?

    Posted by on November 16, 2016

    Much Ado about Apps? The Comedy of Memes? English is a creative language that changes and evolves to reflect the world around it. Because of this, it can be tricky to decipher what’s new and what’s old. Can you figure out which of these words come from the Bard himself and which derive from our […]

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  • Language for … new series

    Posted by on October 19, 2016

    Since 2010, Macmillan Dictionary and onestopenglish have been working together on resources that give teachers and students a chance to explore BuzzWords in the classroom. The OSE-BuzzWord lesson plan series came to an end in summer 2016, but autumn 2016 saw the launch of a brand-new collaboration between the two Macmillan Education sites: Language for […]

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  • Spelling quiz – hard

    Posted by on October 17, 2016

    Now that you’ve mastered the basics with our first spelling quiz, why not test your knowledge with some other finicky letter combinations? In our newest quiz we discover that some words love to double up and duplicate certain letters. Can you figure out which ones they are by putting your skills to the test in […]

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  • Sharing the love on Facebook

    Posted by on August 09, 2016

    In case you missed the news – and we’ll excuse you if you did given everything else that’s been going on in the world lately – our Facebook page, MacDictionary, has just reached 100,000 likes. Just to put that in context, that’s more than enough of you dictionary fiends to fill Wembley stadium. Now think […]

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  • Spelling quiz

    Posted by on July 14, 2016

    “i before e except after c” (apart from the many exceptions); “q is always followed by u” (unless the word is of Arabic origin); “words ending in y change the y to i when adding an ending” (unless y is preceded by a vowel, or the ending itself starts with an i) … it’s enough […]

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  • New images and a quiz!

    Posted by on June 09, 2016

    The eagle-eyed among you will have noticed that some of Macmillan Dictionary’s entries now include photographs. This latest addition applies to a range of colours, fruits and vegetables, animals, and natural phenomena. So when you are looking for descriptions of words like rhubarb, jade or aardvark, there is a visual aid in addition to the […]

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  • Macmillan Dictionary highlights of 2015

    Posted by on December 30, 2015

    With one more day to go in 2015, it’s time for us to look back at some of the language trends of the year … and which dictionary features were the most popular ones according to our users! The Top 5 most popular BuzzWords of 2015 were: 1. slow: “in an era characterized by frenetic information transfer and a […]

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  • What’s your favourite ‘Alice’ portmanteau?

    Posted by on September 08, 2015

    Earlier this year we asked our regular blog contributors about their favourite portmanteau words. We received numerous entries, from chillax and flexitarian to vitamin and spam. The term chortle also made an appearance and it was not the first time that a word invented by Lewis Carroll made it into someone’s list of most favourite […]

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  • Language and words in the news – 10th July, 2015

    Posted by on July 10, 2015

    This post contains a selection of links related to language and words in the news. These can be items from the latest news, blog posts or interesting websites related to global English, language change, education in general, and language learning and teaching in particular. Feel free to contact us if you would like to submit a link […]

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  • Real Grammar Twitter chat

    Posted by on June 24, 2015

    To bring down the curtain on our Real Grammar series, we held our first-ever live Twitter chat with regular blog contributor Stan Carey this week. In case you missed it, you’ll find some of the highlights below courtesy of Stan’s specially-created Storify which he put together after the event. Just click through the slides to […]

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