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Stories behind Words

Tomorrow sees the launch of an exciting new series – called Stories behind Words – here on Macmillan Dictionary Blog.

In this series we’re asking teachers, authors, linguists, and anybody else who would like to contribute, to share a personal anecdote about a word (or phrase) they feel strongly about: a word that has a personal meaning to them.

Every fortnight, a guest author will share a story – funny, tragic or heart-warming – about how one word changed or influenced their life.

Editor-in-Chief Michael Rundell will be the first person to tell his story tomorrow, so stay tuned to find out which word Michael has chosen!

Stories behind Words is part of our 2013 It’s Your English! campaign which promotes easy accessibility and interactive learning for everyone, with Macmillan Dictionary offering free tools such as language games and widgets for browsers and websites. As part of this campaign we’re celebrating our move from print to online, 10 years of BuzzWords and our crowdsourced Open Dictionary.

Browse the archive of Stories behind Words and get in touch if you’d like to share your story. We’d love to hear from you!

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Saskia Iseard


  • I am so happy to hear about this new category you have introduced. all your series have always been a help and i am pretty sure even this one will be a success . i look forward to track the same.

  • I just wrote a story; a short one but based on the “love” a feel for my daughters” and how I feel when “being away” from them. So I would say that I got a mixture of different words to refer to that painful situation parents feel when thinking that nobody else but them can take care of their children and how a mountain could be a way to see them, to protect them. It is a story through different words as I already mentioned. I do not know whether it could fit your request.

    I have to say that my native language is Spanish, not English: sorry if some of my ideas are not easily understood.

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